Arras

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About Arras

Arras boasts the highest density of historic monuments in all of France, making it a fantastic destination for architecture, culture and history aficionados. Thousands of visitors flock to the city every year, drawn by its fascinating heritage and splendid sights, and having a great base makes all the difference. There are a wide variety of accommodation options in the city, from little guesthouses to elegant hotels fit for a whole range of budgets. Our pick of the best places to stay in Arras takes you right to the heart of this historic city, ideal for exploring its many marvels.

Famed for its two main paved squares — the Grand Place and Place des Héros — surrounded by hundreds of Flemish-Baroque townhouses with covered galleries set above chic street-side shops and cafes, Arras is a superb city for a stroll. Explore the UNESCO-listed Citadel of Arras, admire the Fine Art Museum in the former Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Vaast, and amble through the Monastery Sainte-Clare for an insight into the city’s past. Much of the city centre has been painstakingly rebuilt following extensive bombing during the First World War, but countless striking heritage buildings remain — including the 15th-century belfry, which offers spectacular city views. Art galleries and museums abound, with the Wellington Quarry Museum & WWI Memorial being a particular highlight.

Foodies will delight in visiting delectable markets featuring the best of the region’s produce, held on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Summer is a beautiful time to visit, but the Christmas markets are also charming, with plenty of traditional restaurants for a wonderfully cosy meal afterwards!

Steeped in history, this picturesque city is brimming with magnificent monuments, charming boutiques in beautiful buildings, and lovely restaurants for long, relaxed evenings spent sharing a bottle of wine. The best places to stay in Arras fuse the city’s fascinating history with luxurious comfort — and ensure that you’re perfectly poised to discover its greatest treasures.

The Best Places to Stay in Arras

For chic city style

  • Grand Place Hotel is a smart spot set in a historic building on one of the city’s most famous squares. Chic, airy rooms fuse slick, city style with plenty of charm. Soak up gorgeous views, enjoy fabulous fare in the excellent Anagram restaurant, and head out to explore the city’s many wonders, right on your doorstep. With suites and a loft accommodating 4 to 6 people, this is a great place for groups or families.

For an apartment or holiday cottage

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private house we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel information

  • Hop aboard the Eurostar from London Kings Cross St. Pancras to Lille-Flandres, and then on to Arras. The journey takes 3 hours 15 minutes.
  • If you would like to hire a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.
  • The best time to travel is during the summer, with temperatures reaching around 25°C. This is peak season, so do book your stay well in advance to avoid disappointment!

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Best Hotels in Arras

  • Grand Place Hotel Arras 12 rooms from £89

    Local exploring  -  Located in the heart of historic Arras, ideal for exploring the city on foot.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Wellington Quarry, in which thousands of Allied soldiers sheltered underground during WW1.
    Traditional

    A boutique hotel offering chic accommodation in the heart of the historic city. Light bright rooms and apartments feature enormous sash windows, pale wooden floors and indulgent modern bathrooms. A fantastic restaurant serves lovingly crafted dishes using only seasonal produce. See More

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  • Entre Cour et Jardin Arras 3 rooms from £90

    Local exploring  -  The B&B is the perfect base for exploring the city of Arras and the battlefields north of the city
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Arras' two magnificent cobbled squares: Grand'Place and Place des Héros (Heroes Square)
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 8 are welcomed

    A beautiful 18th-century house in the centre of Arras. Rooms are modern with antique furnishings with spacious bathrooms. Enjoy a delicious breakfast in the dining room which is ornamented with Louis XV woodwork and original star parquet flooring. A perfect location for exploring Arras. See More

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