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Cite Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode de Calais

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Address: 135 Quai du Commerce, Calais, France
Phone Number: +33 3 21 00 42 30
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Established in Calais, inside an authentic nineteenth century lace factory,...

Established in Calais, inside an authentic nineteenth century lace factory, the Museum of Lace and Fashion is a specialist museum for the famous lace woven on looms. A museum of both fashion and industry, its vast galleries present the techniques, the lingerie and haute couture associated with this prestigious textile, as well as its most contemporary aspects. The high point of a visit to this important museum is to discover the lace weaving looms in operation, those monumental cast iron machines that produce this exceptional fabric.

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Visited here as part of a press trip and was blown away, excellent guided visit with first class explanation of the history of the Calais lace industry. Museum and exhibits all... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 9, 2016
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

Visited here as part of a press trip and was blown away, excellent guided visit with first class explanation of the history of the Calais lace industry. Museum and exhibits all superbly presented with working machines producing lace, nice to see machines made in Nottingham

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

If you are interested in the history of lace making or in industrial machinery, this is the place to go. There is an interesting permanent exhibition which explains how lace has been made over the years. In addition to numerous examples of lace there is a demonstration on the hour using one of the original looms, some of which are... More 

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

I have strong connections to lace as my granddad was a lace designer so I fully appreciate the type of work or should I say "art".

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North Staffordshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Too big for us to cover the whole place, lots of shops. The food and drink was rather expensive. The shopping seemed reasonable.

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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

Always try to find time to spend at least a good part of the last day in France with a good SHOP... Here you will find exactly that.. An absolutely vast range of shopping is available. Every type of shop you can think of for a last shopping session in France. Lots of eateries - Lots of clothes shops -... More 

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

It was very empty the day we went. Just your normal shopping centre with lots of shopping. Big shops of every kind. I did find it yo be quite expensive, probably more so than your average high street shops.

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Telford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2016

Wheelchair accessible, plenty of room to manoeuvre, wheelchair lifts where necessary. Nice lace exhibits and plenty to see. The live demonstartion of the lace machines would have been better if the talk was in english and not just in french.

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2016

It is a fascination complex about 15/20 minutes gentle stroll from Place D'Armes. On the way to the lace museum have a wander around the town hall gardens and the impressive statue of the Six Burghers by Rodin. You can do as much as you like (no guides) but make sure you see the Nottingham built looms in operation.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

The price for a ticket is really low, from 3.5 for discounted categories to 5 euro for everyone else. The most striking items in the exhibition are the huge machines dating back to the first years of 1900, which could produce lace in a fully automated and mechanical way, by receiving instructions through perforated cards. There is a 3D scanning... More 

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Pembroke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2016

If you have some time to kill before a ferry this is a handy place with free parking and has a wide range of speciality shops,restaurants and a Hypermarket. There is also a bowling alley and amusement arcade to entertain kids and teenagers.

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