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'For your Next School Trip to Boulogne and Beyond'

School Trips to Northern France & The Cote d'Opale

France's Channel Coast - So close to home

The towns along France's northernmost stretch of coast are synonymous with School Trips to France. It is easy to understand why - the ease of access provided by the channel ports and the wealth of attractions available so close to our shores make it a simple choice for educational trips outside of the UK. The A16 motorway provides the key for touring the Côte d’Opale with its rolling hills and fishing villages, the coast offering plentiful opportunities to sample French life with visits to markets, traditional bakeries, chocolate factories and so much more.

In Boulogne itself, the modern lower town - the largest fishing port in France - bustles under the shadow of the picturesque walled citadel on the hill above. The medieval ramparts offer the chance for young explorers to connect with the history of a town once-besieged by Henry VIII and later used by Napolean as a base for his planned invasion of England. The old town hosts a regular market where pupils are quick to try their French language skills when buying their berets from the local stalls! School groups can also enjoy the town’s expansive beach before checking out the impressive marine attraction Nausicaá.

Just a short drive along the coast lies the renowned seaside resort of Le Touquet, known as Paris-Plage (Paris Beach). A smart and elegant town, its long, sandy beach stretches for 2 kilometres.

The Nord Region - Traditional Towns, Cosmopolitan Cities and Colourful Countryside

The historic city of Saint Omer is one of the principal towns of Pas-de-Calais. The impressive Town Hall with its rare Italianate Theatre stands at the end of the buzzing Place Foch, just around the corner from which you will find the imposing 13th Century Notre Dame Cathedral. The town is well worth a visit for its market and museums as well as a pleasant boat trip on the River Liane running through the lower part of the city.

Nearby, the Blockhaus d’Éperlecques and La Coupole and are both fascinating legacies of WWII – massive bunkers built as launch-pads for V2 Rockets aimed at the UK. The latter is now a History and Remembrance Centre with a strong educational theme.

Further inland, a trip to a former European City of Culture – Lille - is always worthwhile. As one of France’s foremost cities, Lille has a very cosmopolitan feel and plenty of attractions – amongst them the Palais des Beaux Arts (the second largest museum in France behind the Louvre) and the birthplace of the legendary statesman Charles de Gaulle.

Exciting attractions

Boulogne-sur-Mer This historic town is a mixture of old and new, with its walled old town with castle and basilica overlooking the busiest fishing port in France and an impressive beach.

Nausicaá "A porthole through which you will discover a message from the sea". Nausicaá, the National Sea Centre, offers an entertaining, educational & scientific focus on the marine environment.

La Coupole Impressive bunker built by the Germans to house and launch V2 rockets. Now a History and Remembrance centre with a strong educational and cultural mission.

Blockhaus d'Éperlecques The biggest bunker in Northern France set in a forest from where the first V1 and V2 missiles were aimed at England. A 90-minute visit is recommended and materials are provided for this valuable educational experience.

Le Touquet Just a short drive along the coast lies the renowned seaside resort of Le Touquet. A smart and elegant town secreted in a forest and popular with the English 'set' in the early years of the 20th Century, its long, sandy beach stretches for 2 kilometres. Located on the seafront is Aqualud (open February to November), an exciting water park with both indoor and outdoor pools, flumes and waterslides.

Saint Omer The historic city of Saint Omer is one of the main attractions of Pas de Calais. In the 'Grand Place', you will find the impressive Notre Dame Cathedral which dates back to the Thirteenth Century. Saint Omer has several museums to enjoy and why not take a boat trip on the River Aa which runs through the lower part of the city.

Lille In the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille boasts the largest museum in France after the Louvre with an impressive collection of paintings and sculptures. You can visit Charles de Gaulle's birthplace and the Christmas Market and Fair installed from late November is very popular with UK school groups. There is a Zoo nestled by the Napoleonic Citadel fortress and an attractive and bustling old town.

Our Centres in the region

Euroculture offers serval choices for residential centres along the Côte d'Opale and the wider Nord region. All are situated within easy reach of the motorway network to provide superb touring bases to make the most of your school's trip.




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