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Wellington Tunnels, Memorial to the Battle of Arras
Ranked #1 of 46 things to do in Arras
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Enter one of the most secret place of military history, and discover a real underground town, where more than 20 000 soldiers of the Commonwealth prepared the most surprising attack of WW1.
Reviewed November 8, 2011

This is a remarkable museum/memorial hidden under the streets of Arras. There is plenty of free parking and it is well signposted, so finding it is easy. The reception area has a couple of displays showing the history of the conflict in Arras in WW1. You are then given an audio device, much like an old style walkman, this gives you commentary in your language as you walk round the tunnels. The tour starts with a presentation and then you descend in a lift to the underground areas. Underground are a number of medieval quarries which were joined together by a series of tunnels during WW1. The plan was to hide the allied army underground until ready to attack the Germans. There are lots of artefacts to remind you that all these men were living down here. The staff are very friendly and the visit was very thought provoking, the fact that 4000 men were dying every day during the battle is something we cannot comprehend today.

2  Thank beemer666
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Reviewed November 8, 2011

This is such an interesting place and an incredible story. I hadn't even heard about these quarries, before I went to Arras. Anyone interested in WW1 really should pay La Carriere Wellington a visit. One note... it's cold down there.

Thank Tony L
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

The Wellington quarry seeks to remind us of what horror and deprivation, pain and more horror were heaped upon the men (of many nationalities) who fought in the 2 wars. It also paints a picture of the camaraderie enjoyed by these men - from other soldiers and from the inhabitants of Arras. it is well run, English seems to be spoken by most staff there and tours are run in English (you need to phone for this information or perhaps wait till the next tour). The problem, I see, is that most people under 40 will have little second or third hand experience of the wars. Perhaps this is a way of bringing it back. One only has to see the beautifully kept cemeteries dotted around this war scarred region to be reminded that, in the French people, it is certainly remembered. Easy to get to. A 15 minute walk from the train station or either of the deux places and a visit to this museum will help you visualise how the French rebuilt the two beautiful squares (Place des Heros & the Grand'Place). If you take one thing away it is that over 15 million men died in the first world war.

1  Thank GeorgeDaymond
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

This is part of a massive complex of tunnels formed by the linking of several underground quarries during the First World War. Allied troops lived here prior to battle, often for weeks at a time. Presentations are high tech. using video, voice and music, but do not detract from the very poignant atmosphere which prevails. Access is by lift from an entrance lobby and small museum and shop sixty feet above. Knowledgable guides lead parties around the accesible part of the complex in groups of twenty or thereabouts. There are many carvings, artefacts and other evidence of what must have been a sombre existence at a critical time in world history. Please pay a visit - it's an experience you will not forget -guaranteed. Don't be put off by the underground aspect - it isn't claustrophobic - they're on a massive scale.

2  Thank bjh1
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