Under the paving of Arras, lie impressive chalk quarries which were dug during the Middle Ages. During the Great War, Arras was destroyed as soon as 1914. From 1916, the Allies began preparing a diversion attack before Le Chemin des Dames assault.
Their brilliant idea: the New-Zealand Tunnellers were in charge of linking up the quarries to create a true underground network where 24,000 soldiers could be quartered, waiting for the offensive to start.
After going down 20 metres deep in a lift, the audio-guided tour, accompanied by a guide, takes the visitors into the intimacy of the place. The raising to the surface, in the footsteps of the soldiers, will lead you to the shock of the battle, which you will experience through the projection of a film.
The visits are always guided audio-guided.
Reservation highly recommended
Call the Arras Tourist Office (03 21 51 26 95) or consult this website in order to book your tour www.arraspaysdartois.com
Online ticketing : click here
Saturday at 9.00 am
The English breakfast 20 meters under the ground
Visit the Wellington Tunnels, then have an "English breakfast" on spot, (almost) at the time when the Battle of Arras was launched, on April 9, 1917
On the menu: Tea, coffee, orange juice, with Baked Beans, bacon, porridge, pancake and orange marmalade, .." The perfect English Breakfast!
In collaboration with the Arras restaurant "L'œuf ou la poule"
Click here to reserve your visit. Private tour and breakfast, duration 1H20
Saturday at 6.00 pm
The Escape Game of the Battle of Arras
In the evening, the Wellington Tunnels turn into a real treasure hunt to find the maps of the Battle of Arras by solving some riddles.
In collaboration with The Arras Le Chemin de Traverse Escape Game
THE WELLINGTON TUNNELS
An immersion 20 meters under the ground, in the bowels of history
Enter one of the most secret places of military history, and discover a real underground town, where more than 20.000 soldiers of the Commonwealth prepared the largest surprise attack of World War I.
Openings Hours :
Every day from 10 am to 12.30 and 1.30 pm to 6.00 pm
Exceptional closure at 4.00pm on 24th and 31st December. Closed on 25th December, and from 1st January to 21st January 2023 included.
Online ticketing : >> Billetterie
Reservation highly recommended.
Every year, on 9th April, at 6.30 am (French time), a tribute is paid to the soldiers of the Commonwealth, at the foot of the Battle of Arras memorial wall. This international ceremony is open to all.