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I’ve got a couple of hours to fill

Got a bit of time before your plane? Just passing through our town? Here are a few suggestions that let you see the essential Beauvais however long you have and whatever your areas of interest!

Want to see the natural environment? Walk or cycle - it's up to you !

 

Head for Canada Lake, the town’s largest area of parkland. The path has been designed for both pedestrians and cyclists and in fine weather you can go for a swim (lifesaver in attendance). There are also water games for little ones. Canada Lake has a picnic area and an area of unspoilt natural beauty in which you can see swans and ducks wandering at will. The lake is just next to the Ecospace de la Mie au Roy, a venue open to the general public where you can learn about sustainable development, and is close to the CariWood adventure park. Two hours is not really long enough for a treetop adventure so why not just go for a walk in the Bois Brulet forest instead.

 Cycle hire :

  • Vélostation: 78 avenue de la République 60000 BEAUVAIS. Open: Monday to Saturday from 7.30am to 10.30am and 3.30pm to 6.30pm Tel: 03 60 29 55 35 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • And if you want to travel at bicycle pace without having to pedal, try the taxi-cycle! Axelle will take you on a gentle tour of the town. From €3 / 15 minutes. Tel: 06 28 18 98 84

 Use the Corolis bus network. Take the buses on Line 8 (July and August) and Chrono 2 but allow approx. 15 minutes to walk from the closest stop if using this line.

Looking for heritage and sightseeing?

 Follow the Salamander Trail: Explore the town’s history by following the salamanders, designs picked out in the ground with small bronze nails. There are two trails, lasting 90 minutes or 3 hours. You’ll learn about the town’s history within its old walls as you go from the cathedral to Le Quadrilatère, past the Nesle Towers in the former bishop’s palace and along the Gallo-Roman walls or Rue du 27-juin to St. Stephen’s Church (église Saint-Etienne). You can even see where Jeanne Hachette pushed the Burgundian army out of the town, or walk in the footsteps of dramatist Jean Racine who was a student in Beauvais.

Download the trail here ici

 

Want to do a spot of shopping?

  Beauty, fashion, home decor – whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find what you want here.

Let’s begin with a look at the Jeu de Paume shopping mall: 58 shops and restaurants open from 10am to 8pm (except Sundays). Free 3-hour parking if required.

The main square is Place Jeanne Hachette, which is lined with shops, tearooms and brasseries. While you savour a Beauvais tuile, the town’s signature biscuit, you’ll be able to admire the “mirror of water” in front of the 18th-century facade of the Town Hall.

For younger members of the family, there is a merry-go-round here every day and a playground. In the pedestrian precincts and the main street running from the bridge (Pont de Paris) to Rue Gambetta, you’ll find a wide range of shops, first and foremost the Galeries Lafayette.

 I can't decide. I want a bit of everything !

A brief look at history

 

It’s a “must see”! The cathedral district includes St. Peter’s Cathedral flanked on one side by the former bishop’s palace (now the MUDO) and on the other by Le Quadrilatère, an exhibition centre with Gallo-Roman remains in its basement and an archaeology museum.

 

 

 

Taking a stroll

If you’d like a stroll in beautiful natural surroundings without leaving the town centre, try the banks of the River Thérain. The pedestrian and cycle path will take you to Square de la Tour Boileau, a quiet corner where you can sit on a bench and, depending on the time of year, safely watch bees fly in and out of their hives on the other side of the river. Not far away, and still beside the river, you’ll find Square Ferdinand Watteeuw, a haven of peace and tranquillity in the heart of the town where you can often see ducks going for a frantic swim!

 

If you have a vehicle, you’ll have time to visit the Marcel Dassault park which has a delightful rose garden and a mini-farm that is very popular with children. There is also a mediaeval-inspired garden in the Maladrerie Saint Lazare (open April to September). Take Bus 4 or 6 in the Corolis network.

 

 A bit of window shopping

 

Cross the footbridge at the end of the square. It takes you to another bridge, the Pont de Paris, from which there is a breath-taking view of a fabulous church (Eglise Saint-Etienne). Then, in about 5 minutes, you’ll find yourself back at the main square, Place Jeanne Hachette, where shops, brasseries, fountains and sweet treats await you.