The town of Arras

Arras

The historical centre

During your stay at Hôtel Diamant, enjoy the lively town centre, the variety of shops, bars, restaurants, the cinema, and more…

Beneath the appearance of an unassuming provincial town, Arras, nicknamed "the Sleeping Beauty," hides a rich historical and architectural heritage.

Famous for its two Baroque-style Flemish squares, surrounded by splendid façades, listed as historical monuments, as well as the Town Hall and its magnificent belfry, which boasts UNESCO world heritage status, the capital of Pas-de-Calais and the surrounding area holds many surprises in store for visitors.

Historical tourism

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At the heart of history

Chemins de Mémoire:

Created by the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Regional Council to give visitors to the region and tourists a better understanding of the causes and consequences of the First World War.

There are four routes to visit:

  • The main route runs from Arras to Ypres along the "terrible scar of the front", including the battle of Artois, Notre-Dame de Lorette, the Arras Battle Memorial, the Faubourg d'Amiens British Cemetery, the Carrière Wellington museum, and the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.
  • The remaining three routes are focussed on specific themes:
    • The Eastern Route, which is entirely located in the Nord department, is devoted to manoeuvre warfare and the first German occupation.
    • The Western Route goes by the coast which was the support base for the Allied armies.
    • The final route looks at post-war reconstruction.

Cultural tourism

The Arras Museum of Fine Arts

The "Roulez Carrosses" exhibition (which welcomed a total of 300,000 visitors) has made way for "Cent chefs-d'œuvre de Versailles" (One Hundred Masterpieces of Versailles), a new exhibition organised as part of the ten-year partnership between the town of Arras, the regional authority and Versailles Château. These works of art, some of which have never been loaned, let alone exhibited, were made by the most famous artists of their time, using the most precious materials. The exhibition room is divided into six areas, each with its own identity.

The exhibition runs from the 27th of September 2014 to the 10th of March 2016.

The Louvre-Lens Museum

The 20,000 m² museum, located in a mining area, blends seamlessly with its surroundings. Inside, the "Galerie du Temps", inspired by the Louvre's "Grande Galerie", forms the backbone of the museum. 205 works are exhibited in a 3000 m² space.

Visitors are taken on a journey back through several centuries of civilisation: from Egyptian art to the 19th century, where the famous painting "Liberty Leading the People" by Delacroix is exhibited. Ancient Greece, the Ottoman Empire and Islamic art are also featured. In terms of painting, artists such as Botticelli, Pérugin, Raphael, Rubens, Poussin, Rembrandt, La Tour, Claude Lorrain, El Greco and Fragonard are represented.

The Museum is open every day except Tuesdays, from 10 am to 6 pm (no admission after 5.15 pm).
Groups are welcome from 9 am (reservation required for groups).

Open till 10 pm on the first Friday of each month, from September to June.

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Business or leisure tourism in Arras

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Business tourism

Capital of the Pas-de-Calais department, Arras and the surrounding urban area is a major centre of business.

Many business travellers stay at Hôtel Diamant and we are delighted to cater to their needs.

Below you will find information that may be of use to you. We remain at your disposal to help make your business trip a success.

Arras is also an ideal destination for your seminars, conventions and exhibitions, thanks to its numerous facilities, such as Artois Expo and its new convention equipment, and Atria with its many private installations.

Leisure tourism

Arras - Town of Leisure: a thousand and one reasons to stay in Arras and Hôtel Diamant.

Arras is classed as a "Town of Art and History" and is a member of the Network of Vauban's Major Sites, a reflection of its rich history, heritage and architectural features.

Arras is famous throughout the world for its two Flemish squares, but the town has much more to offer visitors besides. Also not to be missed:

  • Place des Héros, Rue de la Taillerie and La Grand'Place, as well as the Town Hall and its belfry: an architectural unity that's unique in Europe.
  • Les Boves: discover the hidden side of Arras! A guided visit takes you through the limestone quarries which were dug during the 10th century and later became cellars, warehouses, and bomb shelters...
  • The cathedral and abbey of Saint-Vaast, which is home to the Arras Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Vauban's Citadel: built between 1668 and 1672, it boasts UNESCO World Heritage status and bears witness to the town's military past. Discover the parade grounds, the barracks, the arsenal, and more...
  • The site of Nemetacum: dive into the town's ancient past. This archaeological site dates back to the Roman occupation 2000 years ago...
  • La Cité Nature: young and old alike will be fascinated by this cultural and scientific centre which offers an insight into food, agriculture, nature and health.
  • L'Aquarena: this aqua park will delight lovers of swimming, well-being, water slides and games, and more...

For a short or long stay, Arras has plenty of surprises and attractions for visitors.

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