Picardy places to visit and attractions

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

Abbeville (Somme)

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Abbeville makes a pleasant detour when you are exploring the Baie de Somme region, in particular to see the Collegiale Church of Saint-Vulfran

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Amiens (Somme)

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As well as the remarkabe gothic style cathedral which attracts most visitors, Amiens also has several other sites of interest and museums

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Amiens Cathedral (Somme)

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Beauvais (Oise)

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In Beauvais you can see the important (if often rebuilt and renovated) cathedral with its famous astronomical clock and several medieval houses

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Chantilly (Oise)

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The town of Chantilly in the Oise department of Picardy is best known for the Chateau de Chantilly, horses and whipped cream!

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Compiegne (Oise)

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

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Ermenonville (Oise)

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The Mer de Sable theme park is the main reason visitors come to Ermenonville, but find time to also see the Chateau d'Ermenonvile and visit the Park Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Fort-Mahon-Plage (Somme)

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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)

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The 18th century cottages and pretty gardens, and a radical transformation during the last 50 years, have ensured that Gerberoy is listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France'

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La Ferte-Milon (Aisne)

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

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Laon (Aisne)

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The cathedral in Laon is an astonishing early gothic masterpiece, and the Museum of Laon is another unexpected highlight

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Le Crotoy (Somme)

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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)

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The medieval centre of Noyon is dominated by its cathedral in the 'transition' style (between roman and gothic periods) and related monuments

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Parc Saint-Paul (Oise)

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One of the most popular theme parks in the north of France

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Parfondeval (Aisne)

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

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Peronne (Somme)

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The town of Péronne is above all known for its impressive Museum commemorating life in the Somme during the First World War

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Pierrefonds (Oise)

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

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Saint-Quentin (Aisne)

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

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Saint-Riquier (Somme)

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The small Picardy village of Saint-Riquier includes an attractive benedictine abbey church, a belfry and other historic monuments

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Saint-Valery-sur-Somme (Somme)

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Saint-Valery-sur-Somme is one of the nicest towns in the region, especially the area around the harbour with the old fishermen cottages

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Senlis (Oise)

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

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Soissons (Aisne)

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

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For more information see the Picardy guide

 
 

Tourist attractions to visit in Picardy

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Grand Sites of France

Baie de Somme: Tourist guide

UNESCO world 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)

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Gerberoy: Tourist guide

Parfondeval: Tourist guide

National Monuments

Chateau Coucy

Pierrefonds Chateau

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

Regional Natural Parcs

Oise-Pays de France

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Laon: Tourist guide

Mers-les-Bains: Tourist guide

Senlis: Tourist guide

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

Ebouleau

Forest-l'Abbaye

Gauchy

Guyencourt-Saulcourt

Mureaumont

Remerangles

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