The village of Marchiennes
The remains of the Benedictine abbey, including: the main entrance to the 1748 abbey, which now houses the Town Hall and the Museum of Local History; a monumental dovecote from 1754; 2nd gate to the abbey; the former Dufour brewery, a major witness of the monks' activity in the area; the old presbytery; part of the old abbey dwelling; some farm buildings dating from the time of the abbey.
The only forest in the district of Douai, the Marchiennes massif covers 800 hectares in the Regional Natural Park of the Scarpe and Scheldt plains, and is protected by the National Forestry Office.
Its natural wealth and facilities make it an ideal place for relaxation and discovery all year long : walks, mountain biking or on horseback, picnic area, information panels ...
You can observe the many species of trees such as beech, Scots pine or American red oak.
Respect the silence and you may have the chance to see foxes, weasels, deer, squirrels and many other living things...
Map of the forest and hiking trails to download on www.marchiennes.fr
Marchiennes local history museum
Located in the former jails of the bailiwick, the museum displays a multitude of objects and documents on the history of Marchiennes and its region (from prehistory to modern times).
Highlight of the visit: the relief map of the city as it was in 1791 and the sinister dungeons.
Find all the details of the conditions of visit as well as the museum brochure at www.marchiennes.fr
Argales slag heap, in Rieulay
A mine site converted into a natural space, a unique space where you will have the chance to observe among others lizards, water hens, and curious toads ... a surprising place for a stroll due to its size, its fauna and flora.
Brochure : www.marchiennes.fr
The chicory house in Orchies
The only spa in the north of France, between Lille and Valenciennes, 10 minutes from Belgium, Saint-Amand is a pretty and very dynamic historic town.
Bernicourt Castle, Roost Warendin
Castle built in the early eighteenth century (1743). Open to the public, it now hosts an ecomuseum on the 1st floor and cellar. The castle terrace opens onto a park with a pond, groves and vast lawns.
All info on www.ville-roostwarendin.fr
Louvre Lens Museum
The Louvre-Lens Museum houses semi-permanent exhibitions representative of the collections of the Louvre Museum and also temporary exhibitions.
Canadian Memorial Park, Vimy
The Canadian National Vimy Memorial honours the memory of Canadian soldiers killed in France during the First World War.
All info on www.memorialcanadiendevimy.fr
Golf, in Mérignies (21 km) - www.merigniesgolf.com
Equestrian centre (3.9 km, Tilloy les Marchiennes), in the heart of the forest, suitable for children, it also offers pony rental for walks in the forest... www.kidzou.fr
For lovers of local products :
Coffee roasting workshop, Marchiennes : www.cafespoitau.fr
Cattelet Mini goat farm : www.pnr-scarpe-escaut.fr/producteurs/chevrerie-du-cattelet
Vandecasteele Honey producer : www.pnr-scarpe-escaut.fr/...
Other museums :
La chartreuse (19 km from Marchiennes) : museedelachartreuse.fr
Pigeonnier Museum (5 km from Marchiennes) : mairie-bouvignies.fr
Archeological park ARKEOS (16 km from Marchiennes) : http://www.arkeos.fr/
Some towns and cities near Marchiennes :
Douai (19 km) : pleasure boats of vieux Douai, the Belfry, St-Pierre collegiate and Notre Dame church ... to discover at Office de Tourisme de Douai
Lille (40 km) : Old Lille, Museum of Fine Arts, the citadelle, the Grand Place, the Braderie (flea market)...
Roubaix (47 km) : pool museum.
Tournai (Belgique, 35 km) : the Grand Place, the Belfry, the cathedral with 5 steeples...
Valenciennes (25 km) : the place d'armes, Old Valenciennes, Museum of Fine Arts.
Villeneuve d'Ascq (34 km) : modern Art Museum, mill museum, Asnapio archaeological park, Heron Lake...
A +/- 10 km south of Cambrai: Vaucelles Abbey (the Cistercian abbey classified as a historic monument)
Annual event : Paris-Roubaix
For information for cycling enthusiasts: every year Paris-Roubaix goes through Marchiennes, 3 km from our cottage.
Information leaflets are available in the cottage
to help you organise your activities during your stay
Our beautiful coast
Finally, for those who would like to go even further, take the sea air for example :
Nausicaa in Boulogne-sur-Mer
National Sea centre (aquarium) : www.nausicaa.fr