Driving Holidays to St. Omer
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Saint Omer is a small and sleepy town of art and history, situated 40 miles from Lille. This market town in the marshes has an abundance of fine 17th and 18th century houses. You can take boat trips on its network of canals, also known as water gangs. The town's 13th century cathedral has a 16th century white tower and an impressive art collection including Rubens' Deposition of Christ.
Place FochThis impressive town square is home to the equally impressive 19th century town hall. Traditional markets are held here every Saturday morning, making way for colourful displays, showing off some of the region's best produce.
Notre-Dame CathedralWidely noted as one of France's most spectacular cathedrals, the Notre-Dame took an astonishing three centuries to complete. Inside it's beautiful interior you will find the famous Deposition of Christ, alongside one of the oldest clock faces in the country.
Audomarois MarshesFor unspoilt tranquillity, head to the Audomarois Marshes, France's only remaining cultivated wetlands. Listed as a nature reserve, these marshes are home to some beautiful flora and fauna. Explore the area on one of its many trails.
Eperlecques BunkerThe foundations of one of the WWII rocket bases, located in the forests of Eperlecques. Listed as an ancient memorial, this 22m high bunker was built and occupied by Nazi Germany in 1943 and is now a monument to the war. (not shown).
Museum of Fine ArtAn intriguing museum, close to the stunning Notre-Dame. It houses a huge collection of ancient weapons, furniture and traditional tapestries, as well as beautiful art collections and costume exhibits. (not shown).
St. Bertin's AbbeyThis magnificent French monastery was founded in the 7th century and spectacularly rebuilt in the 13th century. Much of the stone has been plundered over the years but it's remains are well worth a visit. (not shown).