Cultural tours in Calais

come and visit the Opal Coast...

The essentials of Calais

The Calais Côte d'Opale Tourist Office has thought a walking tour for you.
Around 2 hours 30, it can also occupy you all day.
Think of the Happy Fiu tourist map!
Great Calais illustrated
for curious and inspired little explorers.
The Culture voucher VISIT'pass to visit more and spend less!

City Hall in Calais

One of the most beautiful in France!
The City Hall was built by the architect Louis Debrouwer in a neo-Flemish style from 1911 to 1924 after the meeting of the two cities of Calais and
of the two cities of Calais and Saint-Pierre-lès-Calais in 1885.
The 75 meters high belfry offers a panoramic view of the city
on the city and the surroundings.
You can go up by the elevator or the staircase.

The Six Burghers of Calais

The monument of the Burghers of Calais by Rodin located in front of the town hall is a bronze statue inaugurated in 1895.
This statue recalls the dedication and sacrifice of these six Calaisian notables, ready to give their lives to Edward III, King of England, after 11 months of siege in Calais, from September 1346 to August 1347.

Lace Fashion Museum

The City of Lace and Fashion is located in a typical late 19th century lace factory to which a contemporary architectural facade has been added. During the visit, you should not miss the demonstration of the enormous Leavers machines, with explanations from former lace-making technicians, "tullistes" as they are called here.

The Grand Theatre

The Grand Théâtre de Calais, completed in 1905, is an Italian-style theater in the baroque style, reminiscent of the façade of the Garnier Opera House in Paris.
A dense and diverse cultural program is held each year at the Theatre of Calais.

Fine Arts Museum

Along the Richelieu garden, the Fine Arts Museum offers a space dedicated to Auguste Rodin and his studies as well as paintings and sculptures from the 16th to the 21st century. This museum proposes each year temporary exhibitions, visits-workshops, animations...

Notre Dame Church

It is the oldest religious building in Calais, whose origin dates back to the 13th century. In 211 years of presence (1347-1558), the English carried out many works and enlargements of this church.
After a long reconstruction due to the numerous destructions of 1944, Notre Dame is today in the floral setting constituted by the Tudor Garden... which recalls the English character of this church.

The Place d'Armes

The Watchtower dominates the Place d'Armes. This tower is the oldest monument in the city: it dates from the 13th century. It still remains a landmark to which the people of Calais are attached. At the top of the tower, you can see the flag of Calais, which is one of the 5 cities in France authorized to fly its flag by royal decree.

Lighthouse of Calais

The lighthouse is located in the Courgain Maritime district.
It offers a superb 360 degrees view on the port, the sea, the city... once you climb the 271 steps.

Beach of Calais

The Calais seafront offers a superb panorama.
The beach of Calais offers a long stretch of sand to enjoy the seaside activities ... animated by the dynamic summer program "Calais animates the summer"!

Dragon of Calais

10 meters high
and 25 meters long.
The Dragon of Calais is a construction of steel and carved wood. Dragon of sea, earth, fire and air, it spits fire, smoke and water. It can lie down, stand up, rear up, spread its wings!
A unique experience: travel on the back of a dragon!

Opal Coast

The Opal Coast is a great region to discover between land and sea...
The Channel and the North Sea between France and England.
The Grand Site des Deux Caps and the Boulonnais hills to the west.
The maritime plain between dunes, marshes, polders
and wide foreshores in the east.
The canals or country roads to reach Guines or Saint Omer south of Calais.