Ideas for holidays, weekends and trips in Fouquières-lès-Béthune and its surroundings
The city of Bethune has plenty to see and do. Why not start by visiting the Belfry, situated in the middle of the Grand’Place. Not only is it a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is also the only relic remaining from the medieval city. Admire the beautiful stained glass of the Saint-Vaast church and take in the lovely Art Deco facades of the Grand'Place. Why not visit the Musée de la Mine Jacques Deramaux – a 250m underground gallery depicting the realities of coal-mining. Visit neighbouring Fresnicourt-le-Dolmen to admire the Chateau d’Olhain, one of the best preserved castles in northern France. Sweeten your trip with a visit to the Honeybee Museum, where you can learn about the honey bee and its home as well as buying some great treats. Bethune has several military cemeteries commemorating French, British and Indian soldiers which will be a must for anyone interested in European history. For a change of scenery head to Lille, only 45 minutes away, boasting attractions both new and old: admire the Notre-Dame de la Treille Cathedral or relax in Henri Matisse Park for example. Don’t miss out – book your stay at the Campanile Béthune- Fouquières les Béthunes Hotel.