Top 10 Things to do in Hauts-de-France, France

April 7, 2018 Kandra Bartel

Hauts-de-France is a region of France created by the territorial reform of French Regions in 2014, from a merger of Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy. The new region came into existence on 1 January 2016, after the regional elections in December 2015.

1. Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial

Beaumont-Hamel | Rue de l'Église, 80300 Beaumont-Hamel, France +33 3 22 76 70 86
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Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial

Reviewed By Oldilocks - Lancaster, United Kingdom

The young Canadian students who staff the memorial park make you very welcome to this historic site which is beautifully kept

2. Chemins d'Histoire Battlefield Tours

20 rue Gabriel Faure, 02100 Saint-Quentin, France +33 6 31 31 85 02
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Chemins d'Histoire Battlefield Tours

Chemins d'Histoire is a legally registered Battlefield tours company specialized on the Great War. We offer 1 or 2 day tours of the Western Front and are happy and proud to share with you our expertise. The tours could be entirely made to measure and according to your nationality (Australian, Canadian, American, South African, etc...). The tours are conducted in a luxurious Mercedes V-Class air-conditioned minibus. CHBT Public transport licence : 2015/22/0000452

Reviewed By MeganandAndrew - Toowoomba, Australia

We took the 2 day Australian war tour with Olivier and thought it was amazing. He is very knowledgeable not only about the war and its history but also generally about the regions we visited. We were picked up and dropped back to our accommodation in ST Quentin so it was all very easy. Our tour was focused on seeing all of the important Australian war memorials and battle fields. Olivier researched about my great uncle and modified the tour to show us exactly where my great uncle had fought(within 500m of where he would have been shot) and also took us to his grave. We found his tours very educational and very enjoyable and would definitely recommend Olivier if you are thinking of doing a WW1 tour of France or Belgium.

3. Vimy Memorial

Vimy Ridge National Historic Site of Canada, 62580 Vimy, France +33 3 21 50 68 68
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Vimy Memorial

Reviewed By Skeney57 - Sydney, Australia

We attempted to pay homage to as many of the participants of this 'Great War' as we had time too and found the Vimy Memorial to be a fabulous reminder of Sacrifice. A stark, clean white Memorial with exquisite Statuary is a great counterpoint to the waste, refuse & damage caused by the conflict ! Deep thinking maybe but this is a very moving tribute to a lost generation of Commonwealth Youth, not just Troops as the Generals saw them ! My Grandfather was wounded at Fromelles July 1916 in support of this same action so I have a very close involvement & respect !!

4. Terres de Memoire Somme Battlefield Tours

Peronne | Somme, 80204, Amiens, France +33 3 22 84 23 05
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5 based on 311 reviews

Terres de Memoire Somme Battlefield Tours

We are a French company organising Battlefield Tours of the Western Front. Our groups are kept to small size. One day, two day, three day and private tours are available, leaving from Amiens Station. Booking is essential.Please visit our website for more information!

Reviewed By bman6262 - Alexandria, Virginia

My girlfriend and I did a private tour with Sylvestre on November 2nd and it was amazing!
Sylvestre has an obvious command of the subject and really brought to life to struggle of the soldiers who fought in France and in Belgium. We started out in Fromelles and it was hard to believe that in the beautiful, freshly plowed fields thousands of people were killed but Sylvestre took 2 steps into the field and found a piece of shrapnel in less than 5 min.
From there we went to Armentieres, Messines ridge and Hill 60, The Broodseinde ridge, the Tyne Cot cemetery at Passchendaele and the Ypres and the Menin Gate. It was my birthday and I had requested some place to have a good beer so Sylvestre made sure to find a good place in Ypres for me.
It is amazing to see the bunkers that are still in place and it was really interesting how we ended the day at the German cemetery which has a completely different feel than the Allied Cemeteries.
I highly recommend this company and Estelle answered all of my questions via email if not in minutes or hours then the following day. Sylvestre was fantastic and was able to answer every question I threw at him.

5. Thiepval Memorial

8 rue de l Ancre, 80300 Thiepval, France +33 3 22 74 65 44
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Thiepval Memorial

The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916. The memorial also serves as an Anglo-French Battle Memorial in recognition of the joint nature of the 1916 offensive and a small cemetery containing equal numbers of Commonwealth and French graves lies at the foot of the memorial.

Reviewed By AdamM422 - Solihull, United Kingdom

A must see for a WW1 battlefield tour, 73k missing soldiers remembered here. Even this small percentage of soldiers is enough to absolutely humble you. Take some time to view the small cemetery beyond the memorial, as it also contains what looks like trenches/shell craters at the rear

6. Australian War Memorial

Villers-Bretonneux, France
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Australian War Memorial

The memorial is the Australian National Memorial erected to commemorate all Australian soldiers who fought in France and Belgium during the First World War, to their dead, and especially to name those of the dead whose graves are not known. This memorial stands within Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery.

Reviewed By MrDavetheSarks - Melbourne, Australia

Quite a large cemetery with a huge monument, and tower, at the far end. Mostly Australian soldiers, but also a number of soldiers from other nations as well. The bullet marks from when the Nazi's stormed through here are also evident.

7. Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens

Place Notre-Dame, 80000, Amiens, France +33 3 22 71 60 50
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens

Amiens Cathedral is one of the finest examples of late Gothic art in Europe. It is also the Cathedral of records since it is the largest in France and the spire rises to a height of 112.70 meters. The towers provide splendid views of the city and of the last medieval steeple still be seen on a Cathedral. Re-opening of the Cathedral Treasury. Cathedral designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: > April, May, June, September: Guided tour at 3 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. except Saturday and Sunday, Unaccompanied tour from 2.30 to 5.15 p.m. > July, August: Guided tour at 11 a.m., Unaccompanied tour from 2.30 p.m. to 5.15 p.m. > October to March: Guided tour at 3.45 p.m. Closed: > Tuesdays. > 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. > Last Sunday in September. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

Reviewed By Skeney57 - Sydney, Australia

Another Fabulous Cathedral and I've finally realised that they mostly used the same Architects plans ! They are hauntingly similar, Reims, Amiens, Paris,etc. But and it is a BIG BUT each maybe similar but each is fabulous in their own right ! Amiens Cathedral is another Big example ! It was fascinating to see how they tried to protect it from shelling during the war and how precious items were removed (crying angel etc.) A beautiful house of worship !!

8. Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie

Plage Sud de Berck - les Sternes – à hauteur de l’épi 17, face au club nautique, 62600 Berck, France +33 3 21 09 72 73
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Les Phoques de la Baie d'Authie

Reviewed By stism - Grenoble, France

A tourist office gives visitors all necessary information for the best seals watching experience. When , where ... We have not been disappointed: seals come ashore one by one, across from the river, about 100 yards away.
We really enjoyed this amazing experience for free.
A large parking lot nearby is very conveniently located. Congratulations to hte city of Berck and its tourist office. Well done!

9. Delville Wood War Memorial

Route de Ginchy, 80360 Longueval, France +33 3 22 85 02 17
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Delville Wood War Memorial

Reviewed By LadyFranklyn - Salisbury

Once you have parked the car. Walk along to the memorial and you will discover behind it an amazing museum/visitors centre. It is free to enter and you can look around at your leisure.
We were truly amazed by the thought provoking art work on the wall. There is a lot to see and it is well laid out.Truly a great tribute to the South African soldiers of WW1.
One of the saddest things has to be the 600 hundred men who died when the SS Mendi was sunk off the Isle of Wight, (they were on their way to France) when a Royal Mail cargo ship crashed into it and then the Captain did nothing to help.

10. Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery

Arras, France
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Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery

Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery is in the western part of the town of Arras in the Boulevard du General de Gaulle, near the Citadel, approximately 2 Kms due west of the railway station. The GPS coordinates for the cemetery are 50.28670, 2.76057

Reviewed By winehills - Scotland Highlands

We drove out to the Memorial Brittanique with free and ample car parking. My partner found the name of his great uncle from the Northamptonshire Yeomanry, killed on 11 April 1917. The body was never found. His name was amongst thousands of others on one of the vast walls. The cemetery, like all that we visited, was in excellent condition with flowers between all the graves and guys cutting the lawns, even though the grass wasn't all that long. Top marks to the War Graves Commission (uk based, of course). Most moving. I walked around the vast cemetery Reading many of the inscriptions although some gravestones had no name for the incumbent. An insciption left at the grave of a 19 year old left by his mother, father sister and brother had me in tears.
10 minutes walk away is the Citadelle which is vast and now a UNESCO Heritage site. There is an execution wall within a section of the moat, which was chilling to visit.

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