Namur is the historical heart of Wallonia. Boasting an impressive and imposing military citadel, Namur is a laid-back city, reserved for pedestrians which makes it easy to stroll through and discover its treasures.
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Namur is in central Wallonia, within easy reach of our ports in both France and Holland.
Head to Dunkirk or Calais from Dover and you can reach Namur in about 2 hours by heading east. Alternatively, set sail from Newcastle to our port in IJmuiden, near Amsterdam and you can reach Namur in less than 3 hours by heading south.
Why visit Namur?
Namur’s picturesque old town lies alongside a striking military citadel which was one of Europe’s most important fortifications for a long time. For this reason, the city has a great deal of military history, as well as being a perfect place to relax and explore on foot.
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What to see
The citadel of Namur is one of the most impressive fortified towns in Europe. It offers 80 hectares of green and beautiful views of the city and the Meuse valley, all located on top of one hilltop. The centre of the citadel, the Terra Nova has a new visitor’s centre too.
The Church of Saint Loup was once described as a sinister and gallant marvel by Baudelaire. With purple marble columns and black stone arches, it’s easy to see why. It’s open for visitors and run by volunteers, should you want to visit.
The central square of the old town, the Place d’Armes, features elegant stone and brick buildings rebuilt with reparations from the Germans after the First World War. Nearby there is a statue with a small stone throne. This is where the “King of the Liars” is crowned each year in the Fêtes de Wallonie festival.
There are a number of excellent museums in the city too. The Museum of Fraise sells a range of strawberry-flavoured items including jams, beers and liquors which make great gifts. It also runs guided tours. Meanwhile, the Museum of Arts Anciens du Namurois includes a number of priceless Mosan chalices, religious artworks and paintings from the 16th century, all housed in an 18th century mansion.
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Where to stay
Booking.com has a number of 2 to 5-star hotels, B&Bs, apartments to choose from.
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