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“An eye opening experience”

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 April 29, 2014

This well organised tour gives you a new slant on the work of the Commonwealth soldiers during the Great War. The efforts of the NZ engineers in connecting up the original underground quarries was truly remarkable. The fact that 24000 soldiers were secreted here for 8 days in dreadful conditions is difficult to comprehend.

A must see 'attraction'.

Thank surreybaggie54
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

A high tech tour, with audio guides activated by proximity to sites. Julie was a good guide who complemented the audio/video displays, but for me the tour was too much about the day to day experience of troops for the 8 days the tunnels were used, with not enough about the big picture of the war in general.

Thank Huw W
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

Excellent tour and guide. I learned so much on this tour. The tour takes you down into the underground trenches under the city of Arras.

Thank susanandhuw
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

As we enter the centenary for the first world war, this trip to La Carriere Wellington, seemed like a sensible choice for our driving holiday through France. The underground tunnels are an impressive memorial to the sheer bravery and grit of the soldiers during this terrible time. The guides are very informative and help in creating an atmosphere which brings the tunnels to life. Glimpses of the everyday lives - tins of food, drawings sketched in walls, and most poignantly, the darkened wall above the alter candles where the soldiers celebrated easter- brings those faceless and brave young men to life once more. Seeing the steps that lead directly to the front and behind enemy lines, imagining the thoughts going through their heads as they waited for the signal to go -all this is vividly described and brought to life. The staff there are very well informed. We were particularly impressed at their efforts to ensure that we were able to join one of the tours down the tunnel as we turned up rather late and without prior reservations. It is very well worth the visit. With all the discussions and commemorations that are currently taking place, this site provides an unique opportunity to once again hear the soldiers voices. Well worth it.

Thank LondonAlex_a65
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Reviewed April 7, 2014

We visited late morning after going to some local cemetries seeing the graves of relatives . The combination of the underground site itself , the audio visual presentation and the knowledgeable guides works really well - gives a great context to arras in the great war - you can easily see what it must have been like at the time . Make sure you wrap up warm .

Thank tractorboy59
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