Picardy places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in Picardy. See also our Picardy guide.

Picardy sightseeing and tourist information

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Abbeville (Somme)

Abbeville makes a pleasant detour when you are exploring the Baie de Somme region, in particular to see the Collegi [...]

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Amiens (Somme)

As well as the remarkabe gothic style cathedral which attracts most visitors, Amiens also has several other sites o [...]

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Amiens Cathedral (Somme)


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Beauvais (Oise)

In Beauvais you can see the important (if often rebuilt and renovated) cathedral with its famous astronomical clock [...]

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Chantilly (Oise)

The town of Chantilly in the Oise department of Picardy is best known for the Chateau de Chantilly, horses and whip [...]

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Compiegne (Oise)

In Compiegne you can visit the palace, several museums, and other interesting historic monuments and memorials [...]

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Ermenonville (Oise)

The Mer de Sable theme park is the main reason visitors come to Ermenonville, but find time to also see the Chateau [...]

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Fort-Mahon-Plage (Somme)

Both the beach itself and the resort of Fort-Mahon-Plage are among the most popular coastal destinations in Picardy [...]

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Gerberoy (Oise)

The 18th century cottages and pretty gardens, and a radical transformation during the last 50 years, have ensured t [...]

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La Ferte-Milon (Aisne)

The curious facade of a 14th century castle dominates your visit to La Ferté-Milon [...]

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Laon (Aisne)

The cathedral in Laon is an astonishing early gothic masterpiece, and the Museum of Laon is another unexpected high [...]

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Le Crotoy (Somme)

The long sandy beach is the main attraction in Le Crotoy, and the town is also very pleasant to explore [...]

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Noyon (Oise)

The medieval centre of Noyon is dominated by its cathedral in the 'transition' style (between roman and gothic peri [...]

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Parfondeval (Aisne)

The small and rather remote village of Parfondeval is lso very picturesque and centred around its fortified church [...]

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Peronne (Somme)

The town of Péronne is above all known for its impressive Museum commemorating life in the Somme during the First [...]

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Pierrefonds (Oise)

In Pierrefonds village visit one of the most lovely castles in northern France and a picturesque village [...]

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Saint-Quentin (Aisne)

In the central square in Saint-Quentin, the 16th century town hall is a remarkable example of secular gothic style [...]

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Saint-Riquier (Somme)

The small Picardy village of Saint-Riquier includes an attractive benedictine abbey church, a belfry and other hist [...]

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Saint-Valery-sur-Somme (Somme)

Saint-Valery-sur-Somme is one of the nicest towns in the region, especially the area around the harbour with the ol [...]

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Senlis (Oise)

The ruined castle, the cathedral and the narrow cobbled streets make Senlis a very pleasant town to visit [...]

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Soissons (Aisne)

In Soissons you can explore the abbey and the cathedral before taking a pleasant riverside walk [...]

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For more information about the region see the detailed Picardy travel guide

Classified tourist sites to visit in Picardy

Listed below are some of the main places and destinations in Picardy that have received 'official' tourist classifications.

Grand Sites of France

Baie de Somme

Heritage Sites

Amiens Cathedral: Tourist guide

Beffroi d'Abbeville (Belfries of Belgium and France)

Beffroi d'Amiens (Belfries of Belgium and France): Tourist guide

Beffroi de Doullens (Belfries of Belgium and France)

Beffroi de Lucheux (Belfries of Belgium and France)

Beffroi de Rue (Belfries of Belgium and France)

Beffroi de Saint-Riquier (Belfries of Belgium and France)

Compiène église Saint-Jacques (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

Folleville église Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur-et-Saint-Jean-Baptiste (monuments on French pilgrim routes)

Classified 'most beautiful villages'

Gerberoy: Tourist guide

Parfondeval: Tourist guide

National Monuments

Chateau Coucy

Pierrefonds Chateau

towns classified as Recommended Detours


Regional Natural Parcs

Oise-Pays de France

Religious Monuments

Abbatiale Saint Nicolas (Saint-Leu-d'Esserent)

Abbaye de Chaalis (Fontaine-Chaalis)

Abbaye Saint Germer de Fly (Saint-Germer-de-Fly)

Abbaye Saint-Jean-Baptiste du Moncel (Pontpoint)

Cathédrale Notre Dame (Senlis)

Cathédrale Saint Pierre (Beauvais)

Eglise abbatiale de Notre Dame (Morienval)

Eglise de Berzy-le-Sec (Berzy-le-sec)

Eglise de Saint Martin (Gilocourt)

Eglise de Saint Sulpice (Bethancourt-en-Valois)

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Herbarium des remparts

Jardin de Bosmont-sur-Serre

Jardin du château de la Muette

Jardin du château de Maizicourt

Jardin du donjon de Vez

Jardin et parc du château de Chantilly

Jardins de Valloires

Jardins de Viels-Maisons

Jardins du château

Le clos Alexandre

Parc du château de Compiègne

Parc du château de Digeon

Parc du château de Valgenceuse

Parc et roseraie du château de Rambures

Potager des Princes

Protected historical town centre

Laon: Tourist guide

Mers-les-Bains: Tourist guide

Senlis: Tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Baie d'Authie

Foret d'Halette

Forêt de Chantilly

Forêt de Compiègne

Foret de Ermenonville

Foret de Retz



Parc du Marquenterre

Pointe du Hourdel

Theme Park

Parc Asterix

Parc Saint Paul: Tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Amiens: Tourist guide

Chantilly: Tourist guide

Laon: Tourist guide

Noyon: Tourist guide

Saint-Quentin: Tourist guide

Soissons: Tourist guide

4* Towns in Bloom

Beauvais: Tourist guide