Museum in Calais

Musée Mémoire 1939–1945

Housed in a massive concrete bunker built as a German naval headquarters, this WWII museum displays thousands of period artefacts, including weapons, uniforms and proclamations. Situated in the middle of flowery Par…
Museum in Calais

Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode

Innovative and surprisingly interesting exhibits trace the history of lace making – the industry that once made Calais a textile powerhouse – from hand knotting (some stunning samples are on display) through the Ind…
Statue in Calais

Burghers of Calais

In front of Calais' ornate city hall stands the first cast of Rodin's famous sculpture Les Bourgeois de Calais (The Burghers of Calais; 1895), which portrays six local leaders (burghers) as they surrender to besiegi…
Beach in Calais

Calais Beach

The singularly riveting attraction at Calais' cabin-lined beach is watching huge car ferries as they sail majestically to and from Dover.
Tower in Calais

Beffroi de Calais

Gilded statues glint in the sun atop Calais' 78m-high belfry, inaugurated in 1925, which like the adjacent hôtel de ville melds Flemish and Renaissance styles. An elevator whisks you to the top, where you can admire…
Beach in Calais

Blériot Plage

West of Calais, 8km-long Blériot Plage, broad and gently sloping, is named for pioneer aviator Louis Blériot, who began the first ever trans-Channel flight from here – it lasted 27 minutes – in 1909.