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A question about Dunkerque

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A question about Dunkerque

Having done Calais many times, feel a change coming and fancy Dunkerque. Can anyone point me in the direction of a tourist map, showing the town centre and shops. I have tried lots of places on line but cannot find anything.

Many thanks

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1. Re: A question about Dunkerque

Here is the official site giving a map of Dunkerque:


There is also a map available on viamichelin if you enter dunkerque under 'maps':


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2. Re: A question about Dunkerque

Thank you. Is it worth visiting for a day trip?

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3. Re: A question about Dunkerque

I've only been through it when driving elsewhere to the continent, so can't really answer your question. Maybe someone else has done it as a daytrip and can help you better. The crossing takes a bit longer than to Calais so you'd have less time there, but if you just want a change you might want to give it a go.

PS: You might want to check that they take foot passengers, because not all ferry companies do.

Edited: 11:21 am, October 10, 2011
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4. Re: A question about Dunkerque

Many thanks, we would be taking the car and stay overnight so we can stock up on wine.

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5. Re: A question about Dunkerque

It's ok - similar to Calais, not as pretty as Boulogne. Since you have a car, I would stay somewhere nearby that is more pretty, such as Cassel.

This site should also give you some other ideas


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6. Re: A question about Dunkerque

Whilst Dunkerque isn't a big city, it's certainly worth a visit in my opinion. I've been there twice (both times being on a sunday in winter), mostly to walk around. It has some nice shopping streets, nice pubs, a 'centre commercial' with a supermarket in it that's convenient to stock up on wine-beer, and a nice sandy beachfront.

Give it a shot! By car, I'd say it's about 30 - 40 minutes of travel one way, so if you don't like it at all, just return to Calais.

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7. Re: A question about Dunkerque

Dunkerque is actually quite nice - the post war buildings, whilst functional, do have a bit of style about them IMO and the city has a nice 'open' plan to it. Alas the Dynamo museum is closed at this time of year but here is their website anyway because they do have some useful general 'Dunkerque' information on there, with locations of other monuments and relevent sights:


Here are some useful Dunkerque websites:



And here is a link to a couple of Kerouac2's photo essays of his trips to Dunkerque for the carnival:



Apart from all the peeps dressed up like mad Molly Dancers, you can get an idea of what the town and the buildings are like (and have a giggle at the costumes too!)

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8. Re: A question about Dunkerque

I'm planning on popping here again on 3 December, had a quick visit back in June, but going back again next month. Although if the weather is horrendous we will have to back alternative plans, but at the moment we are planning on visiting here.

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