Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode
Musée de la Dentelle et de la Mode
This museum is dedicated to Calais' glorious lace-making legacy. It's in a 19th-century lace factory whose façade has been transformed...
Beffroi de Calais
An imposing landmark visible from anywhere in town, Calais' town hall belfry was recognised as a Unesco World Heritage site in 2005 and...
Burghers of Calais
In front of Calais' Flemish Renaissance-style town hall (1911–25) is Rodin's famous statue Les Bourgeois de Calais (The Burghers of...
Specialising in French and regional dishes, some grilled over an open wood fire, this 1930s Paris-style bistro offers excellent value...
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Lonely Planet review
Enter the intricate world of lace-making, the industry that once made Calais a textile powerhouse. The informative, cutting-edge exhibits trace the history of lace from the early centuries of hand-knotting (some stunning samples are on display). The highlight is watching a century-old mechanical loom with 3500 vertical threads and 11,000 horizontal ones bang, clatter and clunk according to instructions given by perforated Jacquard cards. Signs are in French, English and Dutch. Situated 500m southeast of the hôtel de ville (town hall building).