57 attractions you should visit in Hauts-de-France - With photos & details

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Top 57 attractions to explore in Hauts-de-France

Hauts de France is the northernmost region of France. It is a popular tourist destination for visitors traveling to see the battlefields and memorials associated with the First and Second World Wars. The region also features many cultural and architectural treasures, majestic belfries that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, castles,Gothic cathedralsa and beautiful landscapes.

AqualudBoulevard Thierry Sabine, 62520 Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France
Theme Parks

The Aqualud is a French water park opened in 1985 in Touquet-Paris-Plage in the Hauts-de-France. The building is in the form of a pyramid which contains the Grand Canyon, Magic River, Black Hole, the twister and so more. It was one of the largest amusement park in northern France which is accessible to both the youngest and adults.

Arboretum d'OlhainRue de Rebreuve, 62620 Maisnil-lès-Ruitz, France
Parks

The Arboretum of Olhain is an arboretum of 2 hectares of extension, which is located between Maisnil-les-Ruitz and Fresnicourt-le-Dolmen, France. It is a departmental park of nature and recreation of Olhain, a natural space focused on leisure and tourism, is located in the territory of Maisnil-les-Ruitz. Currently, this park represents 450 hectares of forest and its many recreational sports facilities and so more.

Bavay ancient Forum (Nord)Allée Chanoine Biévelet, 59570 Bavay, France
Museums

The Bavay Ancient Forum is an archaeological museum located in Bavay in the Nord department, France.  The site Bagacum Nerviorum gradually discovered during archaeological excavations in the xix th and xx th centuries. The current museum was opened in 1976  and has a good number of collections from other places, from other regions. Some of these collections have gone to enrich the funds of other organizations. A must-see place in this area which shows light to history.

Beffroi de LilleBeffroi de Lille, 59800 Lille, France
Iconic Buildings

The City Hall Lille is located place Roger Salengro in the neighborhood Saint-Sauveur. It was classified as a historic monument in May 2002 and its belfry, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. This site is served by the Mairie de Lille metro station.  Its belfry should not be confused with that of the Chamber of Commerce, also emblematic of the city of Lille. It is the tallest belfry in Europe.

Blockhaus d'ÉperlecquesRue des Sarts, 62910 Éperlecques, France
Man-made Structures- Other
Museums

A huge bunker which was built during the time of the second world war by the Nazi army. The bunker was never completed as a result of the repeated bombing by the British and United States air forces. It is now part of a museum, near Saint-Omer in the northern Pas-de-Calais département of France. Today, the bunker is preserved as part of a privately owned museum that presents the history of the site and the German V-weapons program. It has been protected as a historical monument.

Calais LighthousePlace Henri Barbusse, 62100 Calais, France
Lighthouses

A huge majestic lighthouse which was located in the residential streets near the Port of Calais and is a significant landmark as well as a navigational aid to ships and ferries using the Straits of Dover. It was around 523 metres high and it has octagonal shape outside and round inside. This beautiful lighthouse has been started in the year of  1848 and was electrified in 1883. It has faced several wars and after the second world war, it has been fully automated. It was now classified as a histo

Canadian National Vimy MemorialRoute départementale 55, Chemin des Canadiens, 62580 Givenchy-en-Gohelle, France
Monuments

A huge memorial site in France which was dedicated to the memory of Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during the First World War. The monument is the centrepiece of the 250 acres preserved battlefield park, which has a lot of war history to say.  It was built by the renowned designer  Walter Seymour Allward. It was one of the prime attractions in this area and also it says the war history of France.

Cap Blanc-NezCap Blanc-Nez, Escalles, France
Outdoors- Other

The Cap Blanc-Nez is a cape located Escalles in the Pas-de-Calais, 10  km from the town of Calais, and about 25  km from Boulogne-sur-Mer. It is the northernmost cliff in France, which consists of steep cliffs, made of chalk and marl. As well as enjoying the sea air and appreciating the flora and fauna, you can also feast your eyes on the Straits of Dover, with Great Britain so close on the other side and it is also one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

Cap Gris-NezCap Gris-Nez, 62179 Audinghen, France
Outdoors- Other

Cap Gris-Nez is a cape on the Côte d'Opale in the Pas-de-Calais department of northern France. A view of the English coast from the viewing platform at Cap Gris-Nez It is between Wissant and Audresselles, in the commune of Audinghen. the cliffs are a perfect vantage point from which to see hundreds of ships, from oil tankers to small fishing boats, playing the waters below. On a clear day, the characteristic white cliffs of Dover on the English coast can be seen.

Carrière WellingtonRue Arthur Deletoille, 62000 Arras, France
Museums
Memorials

The Wellington quarry is a memorial site for the First World War located in Arras , in the Pas-de-Calais department . This network of underground galleries played a major role in the capture of the German lines and saved the lives of many Allied soldiers by making them pass through the basement. It is part of the 19 kilometers that make up the underground quarries of Arras.

Churches

A majestic Basilica which was located in the Boulogne-sur-Mer in the Pas-de-Calais département of northern France.  it was one of the prominent landmarks of this area and this basilica also presents one of the largest crypts in France, built during the construction of the building around the old Romanesque crypt rediscovered during the construction site. There are so many sculptures, statues, paintings and so more to see in this church and this basilica is today a Mecca of tourism in Boulogne.

Château de Boulogne-sur-Mer1 Rue de Bernet, 62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
Iconic Buildings
Museums

A well preserved castle ruin which was located in the commune of Saint-Michel-de-Boulogne. The castle was built in the eastern corner of the medieval city and thus became an integral part of its defenses. At present the castle houses a museum. The museum however is just a regular world history museum and not related to the castle's history. This is a beautiful castle in a very nice old town.

Citadelle de LilleAvenue du 43e régiment d'infanterie, 59800 Lille, France
Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

The Lille Citadel is a military structure built in the xvii th century for the defense of Lille and in the backyard. Baptized by Vauban himself the “queen of the citadels” , the military structure is remarkable for its size, the quality of its architecture, and its current state of conservation.  The citadel was classified as a historic monument.

City of Lace and Fashion135 Quai du Commerce, 62100 Calais, France
Museums

The City of Lace and Fashion is a beautiful museum which was located at Pas de Calais in northern France which was a museum for lace. It is one of the two museums in France which celebrates machine lace making. It is also an anchor point on the European Route of Industrial Heritage.

Column of the Grande ArméeAvenue de la Colonne, 62126 Wimille, France
Sculptures

The Column of the Grande Armée is a symbolic reminder of the Camp of Boulogne. It looks out over Boulogne-sur-Mer and its surrounding valley. It is a 53-metre high Corinthian order triumphal column on the Rue Napoleon on the Wimille.  A museum presents the history of the site, including the old bronze statue of Napoleon at the top of the column and archive documents tracing the history of the monument and the Legion of Honour. The top of the column can be reached by an internal staircase.

Dennlys Parc11 Rue du Moulin, 62560 Dennebrœucq, France
Theme Parks

A beautiful amusement park which was located in the municipality of Dennebroeucq.  It has so far 30 attractions including 3 "roller coaster" rides and 3 water attractions. it is a must-see destination in the Hauts de France. The ideal park for the whole family.

Deûle park59520 Marquette-lez-Lille, France
Parks

The Deûle park is a park suburban of 400  hectares of northern France structured around Upper Deûle, which was established to protect the good fields south of the irreplaceable Lille conurbation.  It is an important element of the regional green network and an important recreation area in a particularly densely urbanized region poor in green spaces. It is a rich mosaic of more or less natural or anthropogenic environments developed over a vast area of ​​former marshes, largely drained and above

Église catholique Notre-Dame de Calais17 Rue Notre Dame, 62100 Calais, France
Churches

The Church of Our Lady of Calais dated xiv th and xvi th centuries. It has been classified as a historical monument since 1913. A rectangular-shaped church with two front towers for the entrance. During the revolution, the church was transformed into a temple dedicated to the cult of Reason and into a warehouse to then be returned to Catholic worship in 1802. Now it is one of the main pilgrimage centers in this area and also a nice tourist attraction.

Forêt de MormalForêt de Mormal, France
Outdoors- Other
Forests

The Mormal forest is the largest forest in the Nord department. It is the only one sheltering a population of deer, having for origin, like wild boars and roe deer, a reintroduction, because the large mammals had completely disappeared there, following intensive hunting after the French Revolution. This is massive for the North of France an essential part of Natura 2000, the Pan-European Ecological Network, and the green belt region.

Hardelot Castle1 Rue de la Source, 62360 Condette, France
Iconic Buildings

A beautiful and majestic castle located in a field next to the village of Condette, and south of the city of Boulogne-sur-Mer. The first castle at this place was built in the 12th century by the Counts of Boulogne. The present castle was built by Count Philippe Hurepel of Clermont in 1222. The castle was captured several times by the French, the English, and the Burgundians.

Map of attractions in Hauts-de-France