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AN IMMERSION 20 METERS UNDER THE GROUND, IN THE BOWELS OF HISTORY !

 

THE CONTEXT 

Throughout the Great War, Arras along with Verdun were the only towns situated on the Front Line.

 

THE THEATRE OF THE ACTION

Impressiove underground chalk quarries had been dug in the south suburb of Arras since the Middle Ages.

 

THE SCENERY

From 1916, a network of gallerieswas set up by the New Zealand tunnelers, to link the quarries together and get closer to the German positions.

 

THE SCENARIO

Gathered within this secret base, over 20 000 soldiers from all over the world emerged from the underground

just a few meters from german positions, in the morning of April 9th 1917.

 

YOUR MISSION

20 meters under the ground, be guided by your emotions, and discover these unbelievable experiences.

 

 

 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF ARRAS

 French people, English people, New-Zealanders, Australians, Canadians, Newfoundlanders, South-Africans,      Scottisch, Irish, Welsh, all together we shall be present to commemorate the memory of our grandfathers who gave    their lives to save ours.

 

 9th APRIL : DAWN CEREMONY

 On 9th April, at 6.30 am, a tribte is paid to the soldiers of the Commonwealth, at the foot of the Battle of Arras  memorial wall.

 The ceremony is open to all.

 


 

TIPS

 

 - The Pass'Musée 14-18

Commemorate the centenary of the Great War with the Pass'Musée 14-18 and its many advantages. An opportunity to experience history and to benefit from reduced rates.

11 sites to (re)discover from Flanders to Le Chemin des Dames.

The purchase of entrance ticket full price give access to the other sites with reduce rates.

More information : http://passmusees14-18.blogspot.fr/

 

- The City Pass Battle of Arras

The City Pass Battle of Arras includes a guided tour of the Wellington Tunnels and admission to the Jean et Denise Letaille - Bullecourt 1917 Museum.

Full price : €7.90 / concessionnary price (12 to 18) : € 3.90

City Passes are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

All City Passes under the heading HINTS AND TIPS

 


 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Wellington Tunnels, Memorial of the Battle of Arras

Rue Arthur Delétoille

62000 Arras

GPS : 50° 16'50.502" N, 2° 46'56.7588" E

 

Phone number : +33 (0)3 21 51 26 95 - Fax : +33 (0)3 21 71 07 34

Mail : contact@explorearras.com

 

 

 

 

Opening hours

Daily 10.00am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 6.00pm

Closed 1st January, four weeks after the Christmas holidays and 25th December 2016.

WARNING : The Wellington tunnels are fully booked on 8th and 10th April 2017 !


Prices 2016

Full price : €6.90

Concessionary price (children and student) : €3.20

Tips :

Online tickets avalaible only for some tours scheduled for the week-ends.

Thanks to the City Passes, discover the Wellington Tunnels and the other must-see attractions of Arras at a reduced price.

 

Means of payment accepted

   

 

Access and parking area

By car :

From Paris (A1) : exit 5, Arras

From Lille (A1) : exit 16, Arras-Centre

From Calais : (A26) : exit 7, Arras-Centre

Access Map

 

By train

Arras station at 1km

Urban network of buses Artis : line 1 stop Jean Jaurès/ Line 4 stop Rex

 

 Free parking  Picnic area  Public Wifi on site

 Accessible for people with reduced mobility

 

 The temperature in the quarry is 11° everyday. Wear warm clothing.

 


 

CONDITIONS OF TOUR

For individual tours

Guided and audio-guided tours. Audio-guides and movie are available in English, French, German and Dutch.

Duration of tour : 1 hour. 17 people maximum per tour.

Regular departures. Call the Arras Tourist Office for more information about the departures at +33 (0)3 21 51 26 95 or see the Facebook page

 

For group tours

Please contact our booking service : +33 (0)3 21 51 26 95 or contact@explorearras.com

 

 


 

    

 


 

The tour continues...

Stay a few days and visit the commemorative sites in Artois

 

The Wellington Tunnels, the Arras British Cemetery, the Canadian Memorial Park in Vimy, the Museum Letaille in Bullecourt, the Necropolis of Notre-Dame de Lorette, the Ring of Remembrance and dozens of places of Remembrance of all Nationalities weave in the Artois Region the memory of a tactical battlefield of planetary proportions.

Find the commemorative sites and practical information under the heading REMEMBRANCE

 

Group stays