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The jewel of Artois Battlefields, and named the city of 80 poets, Arras is not only famous for its role in the First and Second World Wars but for its beauty and tranquillity. Described as France's most attractive city, Arras has seduced many over the years including famous writers and playwrights. With a tremendous history dating back to the Romans, Arras boasts not only a superb past but today is also bursting with art and culture. You will find plenty to entertain you. Whether it is theatre, museums, ancient Roman sites, or the Battlefields of the Artois region, Arras will not disappoint you. Arras boasts superb shopping facilities with markets, antique dealers and specialist porcelain shops, alongside a fantastic range of bars and restaurants.

  • Arras alongside Reims and Verdun are the only major cities situated near German Trenches in WWI.
  • Arras has a strong archaeological and historical heritage and although destroyed in the war has been restored back to its former beauty.
  • Superb for outdoor activities Arras has two hiking circuits, which take in beautiful lakes and poplar trees, lovely buildings and picturesque gardens.
  • Overflowing with a plethora of superb restaurants and bars, Arras offers cuisine from all over the world.
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