Attractions

Tower in Dunkirk

Le Beffroi

Dunkirk's landmark 58m-high belfry – the bell tower of the original Église St-Éloi before it burnt to the ground in 1558 – was erected in 1440 and has been a Unesco World Heritage–listed monument since 2004. A lift …
Church in Dunkirk

Église St-Éloi

Constructed in 1560, the Église St-Éloi was refaced with a neo-Gothic façade completed in 1889. It's dubbed la cathédrale des sables (cathedral of the sand) due to the one-time proximity of the dunes. Heavily damage…
Museum in Dunkirk

Mémorial du Souvenir

To learn about the 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk, stop by this non-profit museum. In addition to a 15-minute film, there are scale models, and evocative period uniforms, weapons, photos and WWII-related objects discove…
Museum in Dunkirk

Musée Portuaire

Set inside a 19th-century tobacco warehouse, this museum will delight fans of maritime history and, especially, model ships. During school holidays you can go aboard a lighthouse ship, a river barge and the Duchesse…
Lighthouse in Dunkirk

Phare de Risban

Rising 63m high, this automated, first order port lighthouse is the highest of its kind in France (its beam can be seen from 60km away). The lighthouse dates from 1843; you can climb 276 steps to its outdoor platfor…
Memorial in Dunkirk

Dunkirk British Memorial

Honouring over 4500 British and Commonwealth soldiers ‘with no known grave’, this memorial is next to the British War Graves Section of Dunkirk's town cemetery, 1.5km southeast of the centre. The engraved window dep…