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Our most recommended Hauts-de-France Museums & Exhibitions

Lille City Tour

1. Lille City Tour

What could be nicer than to tour the city comfortably seated in a minibus? This is the perfect way to discover Lille in 75 minutes. Equipped with an audiovisual system in 9 languages (French, English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Russian), this city tour by bus offers views of the city’s main sites and monuments, from its origins to the most modern districts. Admire the Goddess statue as you drive past the Place du Général de Gaulle (Grand Place) and see the Opera House, the Chamber of Commerce and the Beauregard Row at the Place du Théâtre. Of course, you will also drive past the Townhall with its Belfry, the Citadel and the Old Paris Gate.

Chateau of Chantilly: Skip-the-Line Ticket

2. Chateau of Chantilly: Skip-the-Line Ticket

Visit the entire Domaine de Chantilly at your leisure, 7,800 hectares located in one of the largest forests in Paris.  Explore the Château, which houses the Condé Museum. This is made up of the princely suites, an exceptional collection of paintings (over 800 masterpieces by artists such as Botticelli, Raphael, Poussin, and Delacroix), and a library and archives conserving over 13,000 works.  Visit the gardens for a magnificent panorama of the art of the Western garden, with the French-style garden designed by Le Nôtre in the 17th century, the 18th-century Anglo-Chinese garden housing the Hamlet that served as a model for Marie-Antoinette's Hamlet in the Petit Trianon in Versailles, and the 19th century English garden. Discover the Great Stables, which are a masterpiece of 18th-century architecture. They house the Museum of the Horse, which is home to over 200 objects and works of art dedicated to the equine world. All year long, the Great Stables propose magical equestrian shows.

Nausicaá National Sea Center: Full-Day Entry Ticket

3. Nausicaá National Sea Center: Full-Day Entry Ticket

Plunge into the depths of the ocean with Nausicaá, the largest public aquarium in Europe, in Boulogne-sur-Mer. Nausicaá invites you to enjoy a unique experience that will delight the whole family. Explore 'Journey on the High Seas', 'Mankind and Shores', and 'In the Eye of the Climate'. The latter includes projections from the floor to the walls and an aural immersion that will help you to learn about the effects of global warming. Total immersion to help you understand your power to act on a daily basis. You'll also meet the 1,600 species who call the aquarium home, such as grey reef sharks and the impressive manta ray. Don't miss some favorite shows: the sea lion's medical training and the finding of the penguins. Book your priority access ticket for this unique attraction that has already captivated 16 million explorers. During your visit, you can take a break in one of three restaurants and relax in an exceptional setting. Don't forget to explore the charms of the Opal Coast and the beauty of the Boulonnais landscape. New Experience 2022: Grand Large – The giants of the High Seas in Augmented Reality Discover the high seas, so little-known and inaccessible, and meet the majestic animals that inhabit them with the help of a world-first augmented reality device in one of Nausicaá's most fascinating spaces: the 100m2 large bay.

Lille's City Pass: 24 or 48 Hours

4. Lille's City Pass: 24 or 48 Hours

Explore the must-see monuments of Lille, one of the most cultural cities in France, with the Lille City Pass. Ride in a convertible bus and visit the Fine Arts Museum of Lille, the Piscine-Museum of Art and Industry in Roubaix, the LaM in Villeneuve d'Ascq, the Museum of Charles de Gaulle's birth place, and many more places! Take advantage of free visits to the tourist sites of Lille for 24 or 48 hours and receive free, unlimited use of the Lille's metropolitan public transport network (metro, bus, tram). Enjoy your visit without the stress of purchasing tickets for the hottest attractions and transportation. The Lille City Pass will relieve your worries and allow you to focus on the fun part of travelling. Not only will it save you time but also money. Enjoy more, spend less!

Pierrefonds: Château de Pierrefonds Entrance Ticket

5. Pierrefonds: Château de Pierrefonds Entrance Ticket

Enjoy an entry ticket to visit this magnificent, medieval-style castle. Immerse yourself in this reconstructed castle that is now a National Monument. Explore the large salons, the central courtyard, the donjon, and the chapel as you walk around. Meet your host at the Château de Pierrefonds enterance. Feel like a princess as you experience an authentic tour of the castle with an audio guide. Walk around the castle grounds and admire its unspoiled beauty. Make sure to spam your Instagram stories. You will without a doubt capture amazing photos, your very own slice of history. Gaze at this dreamy castle as you wander around at your own pace. If you are visiting any Château when in France, it should be this reborn beauty.  See the impressive architecture and learn all about the rich history. The original castle existed here in the 14th-century but was demolished in the 17th-century, before being rebuilt by Napoleon III in the 18th-century.  Stand in awe of this château - One of France's hidden gems. If you love medieval times, castles, and rich history, visiting here is a necessity.

World War I Battlefields & War Museum of Meaux Day Tour

6. World War I Battlefields & War Museum of Meaux Day Tour

Travel back to the dark days of World War I, and visit the battlefields of Aisne and Marne on the Western Front. During the tour, you will learn about important campaigns, such as the 1st Battle of Marne, which changed the course of the war. Following your transfer from Paris, start at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery to pay tribute to the American troops who fought in the area. See the graves of 2,289 soldiers that lost their lives in the vicinity and Marne Valley in the summer of 1918. Go inside the Memorial Chapel to read the 1,060 names of the missing soldiers. Continue to Bois Belleau, where the Marines deadliest battle took place in June 1918, cementing their reputation in modern history. A lot of soldiers lost their lives in their efforts to stop the Germans from reaching Paris, and while successful, the human cost was horrendous. Gather your thoughts as you walk through the woods, and see traces of trenches and shell holes, and the remains of ruined buildings. Next, go to the Côte 204 Monument at Chateau-Thierry, erected as a mark of friendship between France and the United States, and to commemorate the achievements of the American forces of World War I. Enjoy views of the Champagne vineyards in the Marne Valley below. After lunch (own expense), head to Meaux to learn more World War I history at the Museum of the Great War, inaugurated in November 2011 to commemorate the Armistice. Take time to discover more than 50 000 exhibits that provide a greater understanding of the conflict as it impacted the world.

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What people are saying about Hauts-de-France

Public transport links are excellent, I was able to get to Ploegsteert using the pass. Many of the museums are not in Lille but surrounding areas so factor journey time in. Really easy to use and collect, don’t forget to activate it for both museums and public transport.

Not only the castle left an impression, but the whole region and the village. Comfortable and clean. I wonder how it is in winter around Christmas. Our final destination was Reims (300km), but we circled here mostly with another 100km. It was a successful stopover.

Very clear commentary, both via the headphones and the driver. A really good introduction to this fabulous city. I would definitely recommend this on the first day to help get your bearings and understand the city’s evolution. Plus the views!

The tour gives you a good impression about the town and his history. Not to long, not to short. Overall conclusion: excellent.

Lovely chateau with wonderful stables and horses. Definitely worth seeing and not overly crowded.