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Wellington Tunnels, Memorial to the Battle of Arras
Ranked #3 of 48 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, 2013

Having made a trip a week before Rememberance Sunday, we found it very moving and overwhelming. The tunnels are well maintained and the guided tours are very informative. To even wear a uniform helmet, made it even more interesting as to a soldiers life underground. Well worth the experience

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Reviewed November 2, 2013

This Museum is located in a suburb of Arras and is easy to find, has plenty of onsite carparking and vividly brings the months before the Battle of Arras to life.
The descent into the tunnels is via a lift and the temperature below ground is cool - bring something warm.Use of a helmet is mandatory when underground.
Our Guide had an excellent command of English and we were able to easily follow the commentary, via a headset, at each of the film 'stations ' on the tour.
The tour takes about an hour and there is an informative film playing continuously in a theatrette.

Thank Pasc0
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Visited a few years ago and love Arras. Of particular personal interest as my grandfather fought in Arras sector and mentioned the 'caves' in his memoirs. He was involved in a pointless trench attack on 5/6th June 1917 and was shot-but survived. He lay in a bomb crater next to an un exploded German shell for 24 hours, while his leg bled.
The tunnels are a testament to the bravery-and suffering-of British and New Zealand troops who engineered them. They were able to hold 24,000 men who surprised the Germans in an attack in early April 1917. An entrance to the caves for the British was through the door of a butchers shop on one of the two squares. There is still as sign showing it-ask about when there!
If you don't know Arras, strongly recommend. It has the charm of Paris within two main squares surrounded by beautiful buildings, restored after WW1. Went with my wife and son and have been a few times. Indeed going back again soon to stand on the nearly exact spot my grandad was shot.

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Reviewed November 2, 2013

I took a party of 15 adults to the Carriere Wellington. We booked in advnace and got a good value late tour. The parking is good. We also visited the Arras Memorial and Cemetery near the CItadel (and the Mur des Fusiliers) before visiting the Carriere. This makes and excellent afternoon in Arras. Our hotel was in Cambrai and this is a 40 minute drive away.
The Tommy hats that you have to wear are fun...some will find them in appropriate but many use them as a good photo opportunity. The tour takes about an hour. THe audio commentary is good. The highlight for me is "Exit 10" used by the troops to enter the trenches. The "altra" where church services were held is also a must ot see.
Arras is an excellent base for visiting other battle sites such as Loos, Vimy, Cambrai and the Somme.

Thank prhlichfield
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Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

These tunnels in Arras really brought to life the Battle of Arras and the futility of war . Excellent English audio guide for the film beforehand and during the tour . Realistic sound effects , very moving stories , drawings and mock ups . Guides speak good English . Not expensive
Definitely worth a visit

Thank JANDDBritinParis
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