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See historic sites and learn about the world wars and prehistoric settlements in this 2,000-year-old city in northern France.

Arras is a 2,000-year-old city surrounded by the Artois and Ternois hills near Calais in northern France. Its rich history includes world wars and prehistoric settlements. Many archeological ruins have been found on the banks of the River Scarpe, which runs across the north of the city. Arras is also known for its ancient tapestries and underground wartime passages known as “boves.”

See the 246-foot (75-meter) Arras Bell Tower, which is a UNESCO site. Climb its steps for a panoramic view of the city. Admire the landmark’s gothic design and tall spire with a gold statue of a lion holding a sun. Construction began on the tower in 1463 and it was completed almost a century later. Learn about its use as a watchtower in times of war.

Visit the Town Hall beneath the tower. In the main hall, see the 164-foot-long (50-meter) painting by the artist, Hoffbauer.

Take a solemn trip to the world’s largest French military cemetery on Lorette Hill, with 20,000 graves. The landmark memorializes the soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. It is the site of several key 1914 battles which led to the deaths of 100,000 soldiers. Visit the basilica and the lighthouse that stand over the cemetery.

See the Canadian War Memorial of Vimy, which overlooks the Canadian battlefield of 1917.

Stroll around La Grand Place and La Petite Place, two central squares with historical architecture dating back to the 1700s. The Arras Cathedral nearby is a gothic structure originally built in the 11th century.

The Celts knew the city during the Iron Age as Nemetocenna, from their term for “Sacred Space.” The letter “s” at the end of Arras is pronounced, unlike many French words where it is silent.

The Arras region enjoys warm summers and mild to cold winters. Many travelers visit Arras on the way to Paris from London, as the port of Calais is connected by train and ferry passages to the southern coast of England.

Top hotels in Arras

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Mercure Arras Centre Gare
Mercure Arras Centre Gare
4 out of 5
58 Boulevard Carnot, Arras, Pas-de-Calais
The price is £87 per night

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Heros, Arras Hotel de Ville and Grand Place. Maison Robespierre and Notre ...

4.2/5Excellent! (417 reviews)

"Great welcome with rooms just to our liking food in restaurant excellent both evening meal and breakfast.if we ever come back we will definitely stay at the Mercure."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2020

Mercure Arras Centre Gare
L'hotel Particulier Arras
L'hotel Particulier Arras
8 Rue du Péage, Arras
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £88 per night

Situated in Arras, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Maison Robespierre, Notre Dame Cathedral and Arras Hotel de Ville. Place des Heros and Arras War ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (128 reviews)

"A very cool backstreet hotel with style. Feels like a little secret, with a discreet buzzer on a nondescript door and then you enter a wonderful entrance hall. More provider residences lovely breakfast room that full hotel. Love it."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

L'hotel Particulier Arras
Holiday Inn Express Arras
Holiday Inn Express Arras
3 out of 5
3 Rue Du Docteur Brassart, Arras, Pas-de-Calais
The price is £67 per night

Located in the heart of Arras, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place des Heros, Grand Place and Arras Hotel de Ville. Maison Robespierre and Notre Dame ...

4.2/5Excellent! (379 reviews)

"The hotel was fine in all respects except we chose it because it had a fitness room and it was out of use which was disappointing. Other than that,"…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019

Holiday Inn Express Arras

Popular places to visit in Arras

Arras War Cemetery
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Arras War Cemetery

5/5(23 reviews)

Spend a contemplative afternoon in this peaceful field, honoring the lives of the dead soldiers from World War I.

Grand Place
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Grand Place

4.5/5(70 reviews)

Walk along the majestic colonnades of historic structures surrounding a market square. Its secret tunnels were used in World War I.

Arras Hotel de Ville
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Arras Hotel de Ville

4.5/5(4 reviews)

After visiting Arras Hotel de Ville, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Arras. While you're here, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Wellington Quarry Museum
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Wellington Quarry Museum

5/5(1 review)

Visit this subterranean museum to find out about an intriguing piece of the complicated World War I that played a part in victory.

Notre Dame Cathedral
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Notre Dame Cathedral

4.5/5(12 reviews)

See beautiful statues and stained-glass windows and learn about the rich history of this stunning Roman Catholic cathedral in Arras.

Place des Heros
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Place des Heros

4.5/5(23 reviews)

Spend the evening in this quaint square to appreciate the intriguing Flemish designs of its buildings and enjoy a few drinks.

Top things to do in Arras

Australian battlefields in Flanders and in the Somme
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Australian battlefields in Flanders and in the Somme

£882
Per adult
2 day Canadian WW1 tour in the Somme and Flanders
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2 day Canadian WW1 tour in the Somme and Flanders

£892
Per adult
Arras Medieval Exploration
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Arras Medieval Exploration

£562
Per adult
Private World War I Canadian Battlefield Tour
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Private World War I Canadian Battlefield Tour

£534
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Day Trip from Paris : Small group to the Somme Battlefields
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Day Trip from Paris : Small group to the Somme Battlefields

£181
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Audio Guide Rental for the permanent exhibition at Lens 14 -18 Great War museum
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Audio Guide Rental for the permanent exhibition at Lens 14 -18 Great War museum

£3
Per adult

Reviews of Arras

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 57.5%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 2.5%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Jan 2020

I hope it never changes!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Nov 2019

The two grand places are a must see. They were preparing for the Christmas market at the time of our visit and this looked like it was going to be impressive.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Nov 2019

Interesting place

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Aug 2019

Wonderful place to spend a few days

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Jul 2019

Only a short drive from Vimy Ridge for those interested in the Great War

3/5 - Okay

Malis

25 Jun 2019

Ok not alt to do

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