Picardy

France

Photo provided by © ATOUT FRANCE/Sam Bellet
Photo provided by © ATOUT FRANCE/Sam Bellet
Experience relaxing Picardy: its cathedral, castle, countryside and more!

Known as the birthplace of France, Picardy boasts six cathedrals, medieval towns, castles, famous museums, the Asterix amusement park, outstanding nature sites, forest trails, unique culinary specialities and even its own language: Picard.

Amiens is home to the largest cathedral in France, a Gothic monument listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the House of Jules Verne. The cathedrals of Soissons, Noyon, Laon, Senlis and Beauvais are also beautiful examples of Gothic architecture.

Lose yourself in the narrow cobbled streets of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, a pretty medieval town with a pleasure port and a traditional mariners’ quarter.

Chantilly, famous for its whipped cream, is worth a visit for its estate, made up of the castle, which houses the second largest collection of ancient paintings after the Louvre, the Grandes Écuries, and its park.

Saint-Quentin has a flamboyant Gothic-style town hall and a rich Art Deco heritage.

Compiègne, a royal and imperial city, is laden with history. Visit its town hall, its churches and its Imperial Palace.

If you are travelling as a family, spend a day at Parc Astérix.

Nature lovers can go hiking and discover the Marais d’Isle nature reserve, home to rare birds, or the Somme Bay, which houses the largest colony of harbour seals in France.

History buffs can follow the Battle of the Somme Remembrance Trail.

During your stay, why not enjoy a beer and taste the many local specialities, such as Maroilles cheese, a Flamiche leek tart or Amiens macarons.

Start your holiday in Picardy by flying into Beauvais Airport, or travel by car or train through the Channel Tunnel. Shuttle buses run from the main transport hubs to cities such as Amiens and Saint-Quentin.

Gothic or art nouveau architecture, local gastronomy or large green spaces: Picardy caters to all tastes.

Known for

Skyscrapers, Cafés and Cathedrals

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Where to stay in Picardy

Centre Ville
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Centre Ville

While visiting Centre Ville, you might make a stop by sights like Amiens Cathedral and Gambetta Square.

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Top hotels in Picardy

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Novotel Amiens Pôle Jules Verne
4 out of 5
£63/night
6 Sep-7 Sep
3.7/5Good! (304 reviews)

"Lovely stay-over hotel. Quiet location despite being close to major roads. Lovely bed and the breakfast buffet is super. Large shopping centre within 500m as well for cheap fuel and supplies."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2019

Hotel Novotel Amiens Pôle Jules Verne
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Premiere Classe Amiens
2 out of 5
Rue Raphael, Amiens, Somme
£32/night
19 Aug-20 Aug
3.2/5 (323 reviews)

"This is a good location for access to highways for visiting Amiens and surrounding areas."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2019

Premiere Classe Amiens
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Aux lilas de mer
2 out of 5
786 Rue Principale, Le Crotoy
£69/night
1 Sep-2 Sep
4.1/5Very Good! (35 reviews)

"Nice clean room with good bed and bedding. WiFi would have been nice."…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2019

Aux lilas de mer

Popular things to do in Picardy

Chateau de Chantilly
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Chateau de Chantilly

Browse the paintings in one of the world’s finest galleries and then take a leisurely stroll through the French landscape garden.

Amiens Cathedral
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Photo provided by © ATOUT FRANCE/Sam Bellet

Amiens Cathedral

Amiens Cathedral is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Saint-Leu. While you're in the area, find time to visit its stunning cathedral.