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.

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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 Collegiale Church of Saint-Vulfran
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Amiens (Somme)

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)

The 13th century cathedral in Amiens is a fabulous example of gothic style architecture and the tallest cathedral in France
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Beauvais (Oise)

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)

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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Chateau de Chantilly (Oise)

The Chateau de Chantilly is an extensive castle from the 16th-19th centuries, surrounded by extensive gardens and parkland
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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 d'Ermenonvile and visit the Park Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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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 that Gerberoy is listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France'
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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 highlight
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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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Morienval abbey (Oise)

The Abbey of Notre-Dame at Morienval is an impressive example of Romanesque architecture
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Noyon (Oise)

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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Ourscamp abbey (Oise)

Ourscamp abbey is an abbey in Picardy, now in ruins and surrounded by a park
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Parc Saint-Paul (Oise)

Parc Saint Paul is one of the most popular theme parks in the north of France
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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 World War
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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 architecture
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Saint-Riquier (Somme)

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)

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)

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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Valloires abbey (Somme)

Valloires abbey is an 18th century Cistercian abbey with formal gardens to explore
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For more information see the Picardy guide

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Tourist attractions to visit in Picardy

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

Grand Sites of France

Baie de Somme: See tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Amiens Cathedral: See tourist guide

Beffroi d'Abbeville (Belfries of Belgium and France)

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

Parfondeval: See tourist guide

National Monuments

Chateau Coucy

Pierrefonds Chateau: See tourist guide

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Saint-Valery-sur-Somme: See tourist guide

Regional Natural Parcs

Oise-Pays de France

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Laon: See tourist guide

Mers-les-Bains: See tourist guide

Senlis: See tourist guide

Theme Park

Parc Asterix

Parc Saint Paul: See tourist guide

Towns of Art and History

Amiens: See tourist guide

Chantilly: See tourist guide

Laon: See tourist guide

Noyon: See tourist guide

Saint-Quentin: See tourist guide

Soissons: See tourist guide

4* Towns in Bloom

Beauvais: See tourist guide