Visit Orléans in northern France with a ferry crossing from the UK to Europe and explore this ancient city with ease.
Why Visit Orléans?
Orléans has a wealth of history for you to explore, including its liberation from the English by Joan of Arc. It’s northern location makes it so easy to access from any of our ferries to France, with our Dieppe port being the shortest drive to Orléans.
Split in two by the longest river in France, the Loire River itself, is enough reason to visit Orléans as it winds through the city, uninterrupted and undisturbed by the centuries of heritage that have shaped this city.
Orléans offers art nouveau and art deco architecture, alongside peaceful, cobbled side streets and charming French markets where you can pick up anything from pungent local cheeses to first edition hardback literature.
Accessing Orléans from any of our ferry crossings from the UK to Europe is simple, plus with no luggage restrictions and the freedom of taking your car, travelling to France has never been better. Travel on our Newhaven-Dieppe route and our Dieppe port is just 3 hours from Orléans.
Alternatively, there’s our short Dover-Dunkirk and Calais crossings from which you are only 4 hours’ drive from Orléans.
If you’re travelling from the north of England or Scotland you can head over on our overnight crossing to Holland from Newcastle and take the scenic 6 ½ hour drive to Orléans.
What to See in Orléans
The Cathedral Sainte-Croix is one of the most popular attractions in Orléans, and for good reason. This grandiose gothic structure strikes awe into visitors with its delicately intricate, blanched façade. Wander inside and follow the narrative of Joan of Arc’s life as it is depicted upon the stained glass windows. It is in this cathedral that Joan of Arc prayed to God for the strength to defeat the English almost 600 years ago.
The Place du Martroi is the city’s bustling central square. It is here you will find the imposing bronzed statue of the Maid of Orléans, Joan of Arc (1855). Surrounding the statue are rows of 19th century establishments that, in their whitened form, bring so much light and vitality to this already animated square.
From the Place du Martroi follow the Rue de la République for some serious chic shopping, including French boutiques and international brands such as Sephora .
Get a dose of culture in the Musée des Beaux-Arts which houses some of the best art in both France and internationally. There are over 1000 pieces of art on offer, including works by Picasso and Jan van Dyck.
Where to stay in Orléans
Booking.com have countless options ranging from lavish hotels to beautiful self-catering apartments, from budget to luxury and from exciting city centre options, to quiet locations hidden away.
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