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About Amiens

Amiens was almost entirely rebuilt after WWII and many visitors come because of its position during the First World War. Amiens occupied some of the most contested land in all of history, the Western Front. Modern Amiens is more than just a base and the best places to stay in Amiens will help make this a romantic and fun destination, as well as an atmospheric and historic one.

When Amiens was rebuilt the centre was kept car free, so the city's main sights around the impressive cathedral - the largest Gothic cathedral in France - are all within walking distance of each other.

The majority of sights people travel to Amiens to see are outside the city on the hills and plains of Flanders fields. There are beautiful, stark memorials to those lost on both sides and from the numerous different armed forces fighting for the Allies. Some of the most poignant places to visit are the tunnels at La Boisselle which were dug by soldiers in preparation for the battle of the Somme and the crater pocked battlefield and preserved trenches at Vimy Ridge.

Amiens isn't all about emotive reminders of the past though, this is very beautiful countryside. The estuaries of the river Somme and Canche are wonderful places for birdwatchers and the light here has that magical quality artists rave about - both Degas and Seurat painted its moods extensively.

What not to miss:

  • France's largest Gothic cathedral.
  • Birdwatching in the picturesque esturies of the river Somme and Canche.
  • The tunnels at La Boisselle.
  • The excellent Jules Verne Museum which occupies the writer's house.
  • Europe's first skyscraper, the space-age looking Tour Perret.
  • The regional ethnographic and archaeological museum, the Museum of Picardy.
  • The Hortillonnages, Amiens' market garden, which has supplied the city since the Middle Ages.

The best places to stay in Amiens also make excellent stop-overs for those getting to and from the channel tunnel and ferries. So it's best to book early if you want to bag the best hotels.

For quaint B&Bs

  • Le Macassar is a luxurious Art Deco style B&B surrounded by romantic gardens. The two rooms and four suites are decorated in bright colours and some have murals. There are four public spaces, a Moroccan style den, the Majorelle room - named for the turn-of-the-century cabinet maker of the same name, the library and the gallery which are both Art Deco wonderlands. This is definitely one of the best places to stay for a romantic escape.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you're travelling with family or a group of friends it may be a better option to book a villa or apartment. For a wide range of properties for all tastes and budgets we recommend you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel information

  • Amiens is near Charles-de-Gaulle airport (110 km) or the international Beauvais-Tillé airport (50 km). Amiens is 1 hour from Paris by train and there are more than 20 daily return trips.
  • Weather-wise the best time to visit is the summer months from June to August with temperatures peaking in July around the mid twenties celcius.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Amiens

  • Maison d'hotes Ginkgo Amiens 5 rooms from £65

    Value chic  -  Great price, with breakfast included, in a prime location in Amiens
    Local exploring  -  Easy access to nearby historical sights in Amiens
    Sights nearby  -  See the Cathédrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, a 13th century Roman Catholic church
    Great walks  -  Discover the Hortillonnages', a maze of floating gardens
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    A small, charming B&B located in a quiet residential area of Amiens but still within walking distance of the main sites and restaurants. Rooms are bright with spacious marble bathrooms. The breakfast is indulgent, best enjoyed in the stylish orange courtyard. A chic city base. See More

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  • Maison Ulysse Amiens 4 rooms from £91

    Local exploring  -  This B&B is in the heart of historic Amiens and just a street from the most popular destination, the famous cathedral
    Great walks  -  Explore the garden and parks of Les Hortillonnages d'Amiens
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens
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    A charming and quiet B&B nestled right in the centre of historic Amiens. Interiors perfectly mix simple modern design alongside the building's original features. Rooms are airy and offer stunning views of the city. An affordable option ideal for those who want to explore the city by foot. See More

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  • Une Maison en Ville Amiens 5 rooms from £121

    Local exploring  -  Base yourself here to explore the city's Gothic archicture, museums and parks as well as sampling the famous floating markets
    Sights nearby  -  Amiens cathedral, Tribunal de Grande Instance of Amiens and the Belfry of Amiens are walking distance
    Local markets  -  The floating Marché sur l'Eau is located 700 metres from the property
    Great walks  -  Take a tour of the city's Floating Gardens park
    GardenParkingNo pets

    Intimate B&B located in the heart of medieval Amiens. The rooms are cosy yet elegant, with high ceilings and large windows, and thoughtfully decorated with artworks and ornaments. Breakfast is included and there is a lovely sit-out courtyard terrace. Many of the city's sites are reachable on foot. See More

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  • Villa Varentia Amiens 6 rooms from £121

    Total relaxation  -  After a long day of exploring relax in the jacuzzi or take a dip in the indoor pool
    Country Escape  -  A grand country house set in pretty gardens just outside Amiens
    Sights nearby  -  13 miles from Amiens where you can explore the Cathedral or the Jules Verne House
    Sailing  -  Take a tranquil boat ride through the beautiful gardens and scenery in Amiens
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    An early 20th-century luxury guesthouse surrounded by a tree-lined park. Rooms are tastefully decorated with huge beds and bathrooms with stand-alone tubs. Relax and unwind in the jacuzzi spa or do some lengths in the pool after a day of exploring in Amiens. An elegant and welcoming stay. See More

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  • Hotel Marotte Amiens 12 rooms from £153

    Local exploring  -  Both buildings are set right in the heart of the historic city with many attractions within walking distance
    Boutique  -  A small boutique hotel spread over two buildings offering chic rooms mixing contemporary and traditional design
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the spectacular 13th-century Gothic cathedral
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Disabled accessParkingNo pets

    A five-star boutique hotel located in the heart of Amiens set across two buildings. The Old House is an elegant and traditional stay complete with a tea room and bar lounge. While the Cube is a contemporary option comprising of three vast suites. An indulgent and intimate city base. See More

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  • Le Domaine des Bruyeres Sains-en-Amiénois, Picardy 5 rooms from £155

    Local exploring  -  A prime location in the heart of the Picardy region with Amiens and the battlefields of Somme within easy access
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the town of Amiens and its cathedral
    Views  -  Views from rooms overlooking the garden
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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    A small and endearing guesthouse set in the picturesque forest of Boves, just outside of Amiens. Rooms are stylishly white and crisp with spacious white-tiled bathrooms. Delicious continental breakfast are served. A quiet rural spot to discover the Picardy region from. See More

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  • Le Macassar Amiens 6 rooms from £156

    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Villers Bretonneux, Thieval, and Vimy Ridge are all battlefields from WW1.
    Birdwatching  -  At the Picardy coastal area at the mouth of the Somme estuary.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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    A luxury Art Deco B&B with beautiful rooms and romantic gardens. Rooms and suites are decorated in stunning colours with murals on the walls and all the mod cons. A charming Italianate courtyard and boxed hedge gardens. Romantic and close to the river. Children 12 and over only. See More

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