Boulogne-sur-Mer attractions

Top Choice Aquarium in Boulogne-sur-Mer


At this vast manta ray–shaped aquarium – one of the world's largest – huge tanks with floor-to-ceiling windows make you feel as though you're swimming with the sharks. All-up there are more than 60,000 creatures, in…
Historic Site in Boulogne-sur-Mer


Boulogne's hilltop Upper City is an island of centuries-old buildings and cobblestone streets. You can walk all the way around this 'Fortified City' atop the ancient stone walls – look for signs for the Promenade de…
Museum in Boulogne-sur-Mer


The cultures of five continents meet inside the Château-Musée, housed in a 13th-century fortified castle. Egyptian antiquities (some brought here by Boulogne-born Egyptologist Auguste Mariette) are displayed alongsi…
Market in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Fish Market

To encounter the city's long-time commercial bedrock, commercial fishing, head to the quay used by small fishing boats. Hungry seagulls dive and squawk overhead as they survey the fishing boats and the 20-or-so stal…
Museum in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Musée Libertador San Martín

The house where General José de San Martín, the exiled hero of Argentine, Chilean and Peruvian independence from the Spanish, lived from 1848 until his death in 1850 has been turned into a museum owned by the Argent…
Basilica in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Basilique Notre Dame

The Haute-Ville's minor basilica is locally referred to as a cathedral, although it's never held that status. Its towering 101m-high dome, visible from all over town, is an improbably tall Italianate structure built…
Historic Building in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Hôtel Desandrouin

Built between 1777 and 1780 as a private mansion, the Hôtel Desandrouin (also known as the Palais Impérial) was later used by Napoléon in 1803, 1810 and 1811 as an operational base. Check with the tourist office for…
Historic Building in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Hôtel de Ville

Boulogne-sur-Mer's red-brick town hall was built in 1734, but its 37m-high square medieval belfry dates from the 12th century. It's free to climb the belfry, which houses a small museum containing Celtic and Roman a…
Statue in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Auguste Mariette Statue

Cast in bronze, this statue atop a small pyramid commemorates the pioneering Boulogne-born Egyptologist Auguste Mariette (1821–81), founder of Cairo's renowned Egyptian Museum.
Gate in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Porte Neuve

This 13th-century gate, modified in the 17th and 19th centuries, is at the northeastern end of the Haute-Ville's rue de Lille.