Valenciennes tourism and travel guide

Photo of Valenciennes in Nord

Photo is of Saint-Amand-les-Eaux at 12 km from Valenciennes

Visit Valenciennes: highlights and tourist information

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Valenciennes is situated in the Nord department and Hauts-de-France region.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Valenciennes in Hauts-de-France.

Popular places to visit nearby include Saint-Amand-les-Eaux at 12 km and Le Quesnoy at 15 km.

Valenciennes, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



at 12 km (direction north-west)

Established as a spa centre for more than 2000 years, it is...

See Saint-Amand-les-Eaux guide
Le Quesnoy

Le Quesnoy

at 15 km (direction south-east)

Le Quesnoy is best known for the promenade around the impressive ramparts...

See Le Quesnoy guide


at 21 km (direction east-south-east)

The town of Bavay has an important Roman forum and other Roman...

See Bavay guide
Forest of Mormal

Forest of Mormal

at 23 km (direction south-east)

Mormal forest is the largest forest in the region and has hundreds...

See Forest of Mormal guide


at 30 km (direction south-east)

It is the riverside setting and the buildings that remain of the...

See Maroilles guide


at 30 km (direction west-south-west)

Remarkably for the town that was the site of the world's first...

See Cambrai guide


at 31 km (direction west)

Douai has a pleasant old town and one of the most impressive...

See Douai guide


at 44 km (direction north-west)

Although its not a major tourist destination, the centre of the large...

See Roubaix guide


at 45 km (direction west-north-west)

The renaissance of Lille over the last 20 years has transformed an...

See Lille guide


at 45 km (direction east-south-east)

Solre-le-Chateau is best known for its church with a sloping spire and...

See Solre-le-Chateau guide


at 63 km (direction south-west), in the Somme department

The town of Péronne is above all known for its impressive Museum...

See Peronne guide

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Map of places to visit near Valenciennes


Markets in and near Valenciennes

  • Anzin: market Tuesday & Friday (2km)
  • Beuvrages: market Sunday (3km)
  • Bruay-sur-l'Escaut: market Thursday & Sunday (5km)
  • Denain: market Thursday (10km)
  • Douchy-les-Mines: market Saturday (11km)
  • Escaudain: market Monday (13km)
  • Fenain: market Saturday (16km)
  • Abscon: market Tuesday (16km)
  • Aniche: market Friday (19km)
  • Bavay: market Friday (20km)

More information about Valenciennes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Tourist attractions near Valenciennes, France

What to do at Valenciennes? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Valenciennes.

Heritage sites

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Scarpe-Escaut (11km)
  • l'Avesnois (33km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Notre Dame de Vaucelles (Les Rues-des-Vignes) (36km)
  • Cathédrale Notre Dame de La Treille (Lille) (45km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Le jardin de Sylvie Fontaine (30km)
  • Le parc Barbieux (44km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Réserve naturelle régionale du Pré des Nonnettes (20km)
  • Réserve naturelle régionale de la Tourbière de Vred (20km)
  • Réserve naturelle régionale du Marais de Wagnonville (32km)
  • Réserve naturelle du Jardin écologique du Vieux-Lille (46km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Mastaing (16km)
  • Wattignies (42km)
  • Wasquehal (44km)
  • Tourcoing (48km)
  • Guyencourt-Saulcourt (51km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Lille (46km)

Geography and distances

Valenciennes is in the north-east of France at 45 kilometres from Lille, the department capital (general information: Valenciennes is 187 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Valenciennes

Canton: Valenciennes

Arrondissement: Valenciennes

Department: Nord

Region: Nord-Pas-de-Calais

New region: Hauts-de-France

Postcode: 59300

Distance to Valenciennes

from Lille (prefecture): 45 km

from Paris: 187 km

from Calais: 135 km

from Nice: 792 km

from Bordeaux: 686 km

from Strasbourg: 363 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Valenciennes from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 24 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Anzin, Aubry-du-Hainaut, Aulnoy-Lez-Valenciennes, Beuvrages, Bruay-sur-l'Escaut, Curgies, Estreux, Famars, Herin, La Sentinelle, Maing, Marly, Oisy, Onnaing, Petite-Foret, Preseau, Prouvy, Raismes, Rouvignies, Saint-Saulve, Saultain, Thiant, Trith-Saint-Leger and Vicq.

This page in French: Visiter Valenciennes