​Att​ractions in France

France currently has 30 UNESCO World Heritage sites so it's not surprising that it's the most visited country in the world. Not only does it boast some of the greatest historic sites in Europe, it's also overflowing with superb museums and award winning art galleries.

Whether you choose a short break to Paris or want to explore further afield, it's easy to take one of our car ferries to Calais, Dunkirk or Dieppe, giving you the freedom to explore France's rich culture in your own time. If you are travelling on our Newcastle to Holland ferry route, France is 175 miles from our IJmuiden port. There's so much to see and explore that you'll be planning your return visit before you've even left. 

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Paris offers the largest concentration of historic and cultural attractions in France, and no trip to the capital would be complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower, one of Europe's most famous landmarks. Built in 1889 and standing at 324 meters, its size and grandeur has to be seen to be believed. If you're fit and want a challenge you can climb the 1,665 steps to the top, but there's also a lift if you want to take it easy. ​

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The Louvre Museum is the best known and largest museum in the world. It's housed in the Louvre Palace which was originally built as a fortress in the 12th century. Home to over 35,000 objects, including its most famous resident, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. The Louvre is a must see on any trip to Paris.  ​​​

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The Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

One of the most spectacular buildings in France is the Palace of Versailles. Built in 1624 it was the official residence of the Kings of France from 1682 until 1790. One of the most famous rooms in the palace is the Hall of Mirrors (galerie des glaces) which contains 17 mirrored arches opposite 17 windows that overlook the gardens below. ​​​

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Château de Chambord

Nestled in the Loire Valley the Château de Chambord is of the best examples of French Renaissance architecture in the region, and is by far the largest, grandest and most visited château in the region. The chateau is magnificent both outside and in, and with 440 rooms you might want to set aside a full day to explore thoroughly. ​

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Mont Saint-Michel

If you've never visited Mont Saint-Michel you've probably seen it portrayed in many works of art. This unmistakeable fortified island is best known for the medieval Benedictine Abbey and gorgeous church that occupies most of the island's 1km diameter. It's located off the north-western coast of France, at the mouth of the Couesnon River and can be reached by a natural land bridge connected to the mainland. ​

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Palace of Fontainebleau

The Palace of Fontainebleau is a spectacular medieval hunting lodge situated in the heart of a vast forest in the Ile-de-France. With 1,500 rooms and over 130 acres of parkland and gardens, it is one of the most impressive châteaux in France. It also houses an exceptional art and crafts collection, including paintings, porcelain and furnishings.​

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