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Northern France

Northern France holidays


Northern France has been a popular short break destination for British holidaymakers for many years. Regular cross-Channel ferry services from the Kent coast to Calais, Boulogne and Dunkirk, together with high-speed Eurostar trains, make Le Nord and Picardy easy and affordable getaways from the UK. The region also makes a pleasant and convenient stop-off on self-drive tours into Belgium, Holland and Germany.

Lille is the region's economic powerhouse and a former European City of Culture. There's good shopping and a host of restaurants and cafes in and around the cobbled historic centre, Vieux Lille, alongside its modern commerce. Other regional attractions include some of France's most impressive Gothic cathedrals - such as the beautiful Cathédrale Notre-Dame in Amiens - and a reputation for robust cuisine and good beer.

The sandy coastline between Boulogne-sur-Mer and refined Le Touquet, once highly fashionable and still with plenty to offer visitors, is another possibility, and a relaxing place for a seaside break. Further up the coast is the port of Calais, an English possession for 200 years following the Battle of Crécy, and Dunkirk, scene of the Allied evacuation in 1940.

Also in the region are the First World War battlefields of the Somme and Flanders, where ‘the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row'. A guided tour of the battlefields and the immaculate memorials dedicated to the fallen soldiers is a humbling but rewarding experience.


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Top places to stay in Northern France

Hotel Bowmann Paris

Hotel Bowmann, Paris

Grand & elegant hotel

With a prestigious location within the Golden Triangle in Paris' 8th Arondissement, just moments from a wealth of iconic attractions, Hotel Bowmann is without doubt one of the finest places to stay in Paris.

Chateau d'Audrieu

Chateau d'Audrieu, Calvados

Historic hotel

Located between Caen and Bayeux, is an opportunity to travel back in time. This 18th-century edifice, listed as a historical monument, offers the warm welcome of a family home. Set in an extensive 25-hectare wooded park with magnificent gardens.

Where to go in Northern France


Picardy, full of pretty parks and gardens and known for its fabulous Gothic cathedrals is an ideal short break destination from the UK. The 13th-century Cathédrale Notre-Dame in the provincial capital of Amiens is the largest of its kind in France and the stand out example.

Nord-Pas de Calais

Nord-Pas de Calais is France's gateway region for travellers from the UK. Its coastline is lined with busy ports and charming seaside towns that look out across the English Channel - or la Manche to give it its French name.

When to go to Northern France

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