Top Northern France Tourist Attractions

Here is our selection of the best places to visit in Northern France (Nord, Pas de Calais, Somme, Aisne and Oise departments). If you are looking for places to see, or things to do in France, our list of the top northern France tourist attractions is here to help! 

Northern France, with its wealth of historical and cultural heritage and diverse range of architecture influenced by great chapters in the region’s history, is filled with interesting museums and lively cultural venues where you can take your pick of shows, events, exhibitions, cultural tours, discovery trails and other great activities to enjoy at your leisure for an unforgettable stay.
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Everything you could wish for covering art, culture, heritage and history is here. If you are inquisitive and enjoy life, like to both learn and understand as well to contemplate and be amazed, then head for Northern France! The art of lacemaking, the mining culture, the brewery trail - climb aboard for an exciting voyage into the region’s origins. Marvel at the surprising traditions that enthusiasts will share with you.
Come and explore the museums and cultural venues full of exhibitions and enticing events. They tell the story of the region’s history and spirit. Lose yourself during your trips and visits in the architectural treasures which house so many amazing sights! So many stories to experience, and the chance to indulge in so many informative experiences!
The traditions, heritage and knowledge in Northern France perpetuate an inherited identity of centuries-old thriving customs. Meet a group of Dunkirk fishermen, uncover some treasures in the annual Lille ‘braderie’, fall in love with a piece of feather-light lace, relive the mining period, drink a pint in a regional tavern... Try new experiences and encounter some gripping tales... And return, happy and refreshed but still ready to learn more!

From Fine Art museums to painting and sculpture exhibitions - the region has hundreds of places to visit! Lose yourself in the innovative ‘Louvre-Lens’ art museum or in the Musée Condé at the Château de Chantilly. Continue the adventure and visit the amazing collections in our ‘Museums of France’. Feel inspired in the heart of an ancient abbey, an Art Deco pool, a Baroque palace or a former industrial area... Here, art is lively, surprising and entertaining!

From UNESCO listed monuments, to wide open spaces and gorgeous French villages, the northern France region is rich in activities and attractions to keep you busy.