Military Museums • History Museums
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- A fascinating trip into the underground quarries beneath Arras which served as a base and launch pad for the Allied Armies in the Battle of Arras, 9 April 1917. Excellent guide, film and commentary excerpts to bring to life an important piece of European history. The destruction and horror of war is all too poignant today. A moving and well presented experience.Written December 4, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Lovely Christmas market and Saturday local produce market. Well worth a visit for all the family and couples alike. We particularly enjoyed the hospitality at Dame Jeanne a fantastic little wine bar and small platesWritten December 1, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Smaller than the Grande Place but with a wider selection of restaurants, cafes and bars, this is the place to head for in the late afternoon or evening. Always busy and a great atmosphere, it is easy to find somewhere for any budget. Dominated by the Town Hall and Belfry, it is worth reflecting that the place was renamed after the Second World War in honour of the French Resistance Fighters who lost their lives during the conflict.Written August 11, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Came to find great uncles name on memorial. Folders with names and details of those who had fallen. Beautiful tranquil place but so sad. What a senseless waste.
There is a cafe nearby Le Feeling for coffee and sold us a pen as we didn’t have one to write in the book. Really helpful friendly owner.Written October 1, 2023
- Easy climb after a short lift ride, the observation deck gives amazing views on the surrounding countryside. The information boards are slightly confusing by pointing out features which are on the other side of the tower. Discounted entry if you have visited The Boves.Written August 11, 2023
- Museum might not look different then other museums, but I had some nice experiences that striked me. First of all, the museum is connected to a Library. This is so logical!!!! Nevertheless, I could sadly not find the specimen of Karel ende Elegast, which should be there somewhere. But I could feel its present, haha. I liked that the explanations at the paintings were very detailed. The told the stories of the greek gods and all when needed.
The set-up of the museum is not very exciting, but maybe therefor even better. Just a normal museum, made for art lovers and not for kids.Written December 28, 2022
- Giving star reviews for cemeteries and memorials is a bit odd but here goes. For those visiting the Western Front I would recommend visiting cemeteries of all nations with the mist obvious being the CWGC for British and Commonwealth graves, the French and the Germans. Each has a distinct style and atmosphere and provides a useful reference for the history of the Great War. The cemetery is huge (the largest in France) and walking around the site with its dark crosses and abundant trees gives time to reflect on the sacrifice paid by so many on both sides. If you are able, spare some time for the dead on both sides of the conflict.Written August 11, 2023
- Worth spending a few minutes walking amongst the many 18th C buildings or simply walking in the woods which surround the Citadel. No longer used by the military it is being transformed into houses and flats and will in time become an interesting community. Take time to visit the Le Mur des Fusillés in the outer defences - a sobering and though provoking experience.Written August 11, 2023
- Ínteresting place. I never visited tunnels under bigger cities. There seem to be more of these around the world. These ones are interesting due to its long history and the WO 1 stories obviously. Guide was very kind and took time to explain.Written December 28, 2022
- Welcoming and helpful staff in the Arras Tourist Information centre housed in the beautiful Hotel de Ville building that also has the imposing 75m Arras Belfry (Beffroi d’Arras) accessed from the Place des Heros. You can book tickets for several local attractions here including the fascinating Boves underground chalk quarries started in the middle ages. Lots of really helpful local info here.Written December 6, 2023
- An interesting memorial site - where a number of Canadian Soldiers are buried, as well as some British Soldiers and an annonymous Russian Soldier (presumably was deployed as an observer of some kind). Somewhat incongruous in the middle of a field!
Worth visiting if you have an interest in the history of the battle of Vimy Ridge.Written July 2, 2023
- I might have thought that this place was infrequently visited, but another visitor arrived whilst I was there, which put the lie to that.
Well maintained. Different to other CWGC site - it features 48 who were laid to rest in a large shell crater. The shape of this feature has been preserved.
There is a significant Road running next to the site, so whilst easily accessible, it's not as peaceful.Written April 9, 2023
- Fortifications of Vauban consists of 12 groups of fortified buildings and sites along the western, northern and eastern borders of France. They represent the finest examples of the work of Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban (1633-1707), a military engineer of King Louis XIV. The serial property includes towns built from scratch by Vauban, citadels, urban bastion walls and bastion towers. There are also mountain forts, sea forts, a mountain battery and two mountain communication structures. This property is inscribed as bearing witness to the peak of classic fortifications, typical of western military architecture. Vauban also played a major role in the history of fortification in Europe and on other continents until the mid-19th century.Written May 22, 2019
- One of the largest religious complexes if Northern France and well away from the two main squares of Arras this airy and light Cathedral stands. It has been partially rebuild after both the French Revolution and WWI. It is traditional in it's shape and has several areas that were part of the original builds of the 11th century. When it was rebuilt the inside painting are of the Art Deco era and the east end dome is an outstanding example of this era. Some early French reliquaries are placed along the edge of the alter dais and are examples of French enamel work.Written September 3, 2017
- We came across cite nature while in arras.A great place to take the kids as lots for them to do inside.Written August 30, 2017
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