15 Best Things To Do in Amiens, France

by Seema Nande Updated on 13 Oct 2018

The city of Amiens, France has an exceptionally planned location, on the banks of the Somme river, which makes it a very popular destination for a short trip from Lille, Brussels or Paris. If you love history and extremely intriguing sights, then Amiens has a lot of stuff in store for you . The best part is that while roaming around the city you can also learn about their traditions and history. Apart from the various types of food and Gothic motivated churches, this little place is full of surprises. So here is the list of 15 places to visit in Amiens, France.

Let's explore points of interest and 15 best things to do in Amiens:

1. Trip to Amiens Cathedral

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Amiens Cathedral is one of the world's greatest cathedrals and it’s not a surprise that the landmark is a UNESCO site. The main aim of building this cathedral was to overflow the central part of the church with lights. You couldn't miss the 15th and 16th-century old renaissance oak choir stalls and the polychrome statues that are present inside. The enormous size and complex detailing are worth mentioning. You will be amazed to see the gothic carvings at the western and southern part of the church. During the evenings of summer, these statues are rendered in colorful lights for "Son et Lumiere" show.

2. Checkout Les Hortillonnages

 In the marshy areas of Amiens, between Ave and Somme rivers, check out the unusual garden by travelling in a boat. Les Hortillonnages is marshy garden which also known as "Floating Gardens of Amiens" because it floats on the water. The gardeners or the "hortillions" have been cultivating in this garden since the middle ages. The boats are designed in such a way so that it doesn't harm the delicate shores of the fields. Keep extra time to capture the beautiful beauty and small bridges that cross the canals.

3. Explore Saint-Leu 

Saint-Leu is a delightful medieval age quarter which is a pleasure in itself to discover. Tourists have a wonderful time by wandering around the narrow lanes and half timber made houses. You can also look around at the art-galleries, boutiques and the book shops that are present there. The scenic beauty of this place and the pictorial canals are similar to Venice in a miniature form. The riverside path is in itself a lovely place for walks. There are also many outdoor cafes and modern riverside restaurants, you shouldn't be missing out on them.

4. Visit Maison de Jules Verne

The red bricked Mansion was the home of Jules Verne for 18 years until he died in the year 1905. The building has a very unusual tower, covered by a dome-shaped skylight which lightens the staircase which you'll use to move around the building. Lovers of Verne's books will be surprised to hear that he had written 30 novels by staying in this house. The house is filled with his memorabilia, personal items and his writings.

5. Checkout Musee de Picardie

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Musee de Picardie is a local museum built in the year 1867. It has a lavish collection of paintings from ancient times which depicts Picardy's historic past. During your visit, you'll also witness weapons and hand-axes from the Bronze Age. The collection includes European paintings, statues, medieval paintings and archaeological finds. There are also recent modern-day works by artists like Miro and Picasso.

6. Adventure at Somme River

River canoe excursions take place during summer in the Somme river and the most loved trip is the 2 hours float down trip from Ailly-Sur-Somme to Picquigny, which is just a few minutes by car from Amiens. You'll be in awestruck by the peaceful environment of the town and if you're lucky enough you'll also witness the wildlife of the river. Animals like deer, herons, kingfishers, dragonflies and all types of amphibians built a home near the banks. On the dry land of Picquigny, there are castles and green valleys that can be explored while visiting the place.

7. Watching puppet show at traditional Marionettes & Puppet Theatre

Puppet shows are a much-loved custom in Picardy area and this old tradition is still continuing well in Amiens. Marionettes are made of clay and wood to portray all types of characters. Puppet shows are made to entertain the audience, especially the children. The Ches Cabotans d'Amiens Theatre de Marionnettes does this beautiful work of bringing the puppets to life. The marionette theatre performs entertaining puppet shows for children and older ones also.

8. Visit the battlefields of Somme

Whoever is interested in knowing the history of world war I,  the battlefields of Somme are a must visit place for them. The serene and quiet town of this region was once a sight of brutal war during 1916. By visiting this place you'll get to know about the war and the bold soldiers who fought during that time. The museum has an aircraft which was used as a shelter during the battle. From Amiens, it's a 4 km drive to Somme.

9. Spend a day at Zoo d'Amiens

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If you want to spend a day with your kids in Amiens, the city's zoo is right at the centre. It is a large zoo with greenery and having trees which are as old as 100-200 years. Various types of animals are present from small goats to African elephants. There are around 300 animals of 70 different types of species. To cover every possible thing in the zoo will take around 2-3 hours.

10. Outing at Parc de Samara

Parc de Samara is an educational tourist spot in Amiens. Starting from Cro-Magnon Man to Roman times you'll get to know each and everything about our forebear, how they lived and the evolution of humanity. Small huts are placed at small distances where workshop takes place. Staffs showcase different skills like basket-weaving, pottery, wood-carving, ancient crafts and even the basic invention of fire. The park is as vast as 100 hectares which also includes a maze garden motivated from the one in Amiens cathedral church.

11. See the Tour Perret

Tour Perret is one of Europe's first skyscrapers. It is a residential skyscraper and is 110 metre in height. The Perret tower gets lightened up daily  after the sunset. The tower marks a colorful light show which points the hours. Architect Augustus Perret was being hired to reconstruct the middle of Le Havre after which this place received UNESCO status.

12. Visit Cimetiere de la Madeleine

Cimetiere de la Madeleine is the cemetery on the outer part of the city. Jules Verne's relaxing place is one of the things to see in the cemetery. But this is not the only thing to check out here, the cemetery is 18 hectares vast with forests and its a very calm and quiet place. There are numerous tombs and statues of rich families and entrepreneurs of the ancient times.

13. See Beffroi d'Amiens

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While you visit Amiens Cathedral don't miss to come around to see Beffroi d'Amiens (The Belfry). The Belfry happens to be the first town hall of Amiens and was also used as a jail. It was built during the time 1400s but it was being damaged by a German bomb so it was again reconstructed. Beffroi d'Amiens represents the freedom in the city of Amiens and similar to the Cathedral, the Belfry is also labeled as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

14. Be amazed in Musee Lombart

A couple of minutes past Naours, in Doullens you can stop by to visit this museum made by Jules François Lombart, a nineteenth century chocolate maker. This was opened in the year of 1908 where the Agricultural minister and other notable public figures were present. There are various paintings of different artists from the French School like Charles-Francois Daubigny, Camille Corot and others. The museum also has a collection of samurai shields and antique weapons to mummies from the Egypt from an 18th era, almost 3500 years ago.  

15. Cycling through the Noye Valley

If you have brought your bike or need to lease one, the visitors’ office in Amiens can come up with some brilliant solutions. One idea would be a 32 km marked path in the bucolic land down the Noye river, southeast part of Amiens. You will be riding through the beautiful countryside like Chirmont, Sourdon and La Faloirse lined by custom houses and locality rich in their traditions and customs.

Author: Seema Nande
A deep-dyed Piscean, Seema is a dreamer. This extends to the fact that she is seldom in another world of her's or dreaming of the place she would rather be. A wild-child at heart and a keen observer otherwise, Seema's free-spirited psyche is eternal...

Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Amiens

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    Cathedrale Notre-dame D'amiens

    Tags: Church, Monument

    Address: Place Notre-Dame, 80000 Amiens, France.

    Timings: 08:30 am - 05:15 pm Details

    Quoted as ‘the very finest thing done perfectly in its manner by northern Christendom’ by the English critic John Ruskin, the monument justifies the statement. Classified as a UNESCO World...Read more

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    Les Hortillonnages D'amiens

    Tags: Garden, River, Play

    Address: 54 Boulevard Beauville, 80000 Amiens, France.

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    The etymology comes from the Latin word Hortellus meaning small garden, Les Hortillonnages is a great example of how agrarian hands shaped a wilderness into one of the most beautiful garden in Amiens....Read more

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    Quartier Saint-leu D'amiens

    Tags: Church, River, Walking Area, Food And Drinks

    Address: 40, Place Notre-Dame, 80000 Amiens.

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Located on the cross channels of Somme River this beautiful district of Saint Leu is also one of the oldest. Its streets give an organic feel in itself as there are a lot of shops, handicrafts outlets...Read more

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    Tags: Church, Coffee House, Restaurant, Tower

    Address: Rue St Leu, 80000 Amiens, France.

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Known as the ‘little Venice of the North’ St Leu is known for its famous restaurants and old facades with canals running through. Along with the canals it’s criss-crossed with street...Read more

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    Maison De Jules Verne

    Tags: Garden, Heritage Building

    Address: 2 rue Charles-Dubois, 80000 Amiens, France.

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:30 pm Details

    One of the most prolific author of the 19th century Jules Verne, spent the last several years of his life here. He moved in here with his wife Honorine in 1882. Everything in house is kept intact as i...Read more

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    Caves At Naours

    Tags: Outdoors, Cave, Historical Site, Nature

    Address: 5 Rue des Carrieres | Naours, Flesselles, France

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:30 pm Details

    No amount of photos can do justice to the caves of Naours as much as a real visit. Since the region was highly prone to invasions, right from the 3rd century onwards people dug this limestone plateau ...Read more

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    Parc Samara

    Tags: Outdoors, Historical Site, Archaeological Site

    Address: La Chaussee - Tirancourt, Amiens, France

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    A park that is both an archaeological site and a leisure park, Samara blends the fun of both. This 24 hectare site was found in 1982 and displays replicas and works of prehistoric times. In and around...Read more

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    Parc Zoologique

    Tags: Outdoors, Park, Zoo

    Address: Zoo Amiens Métropole, 101, rue du Faubourg Hem, 80000, AMIENS

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Located on the esplanade of Hotoie, Parc Zoologique serves the threefold purpose of being a park, zoo as well as a botanical garden. Formed in 1952 with an area 6.5 hectares the zoo is a home to all t...Read more

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    Musee De Picardie

    Tags: Art And Culture, Museum, History Museum, Exhibition

    Address: 48 rue de la Republique, Amiens, France.

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    The building of Musee de Picard is one where it was especially built to be a museum during 1857 and it’s magnificent. Besides relics from ancient France it also houses relics of Egyptian, Greek ...Read more

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    Jardin Floral Du Chateau De Digeon

    Tags: Outdoors, Garden, Park, Botanical Garden

    Address: 7, route du Coq Gaulois | Morvillers-Saint-Saturnin, 80290 Amiens, France

    Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    Owned and managed by a Mr & Mrs. Goisque the Floral gardens of Digeon are delightful and a pleasant place to relax and take a leisurely visit. The chateau is built in brick Napoleon style and the ...Read more

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    Citadelle De Doullens

    Tags: Outdoors, Castle, Historical Site, Fort

    Address: N25, 80600 Doullens, France

    Timings: 11:00 am - 02:30 pm Details

    The Citadel of Doullens built in 1530 it represents the hybrid of a medieval castle and bastioned fortress. France was repeatedly attacked by the Spaniards by the forces of King Charles V. So as a saf...Read more

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    Abbatiale Saint Pierre

    Tags: Statue

    Address: Rue Charles de Gaulle, Corbie, France.

    An abbey dedicated to a local patron saint, Abbatiale Saint Pierre was actually a small part of a larger whole back when it was built in 657. After repeated attacks and sackings by many invaders and c...Read more

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    Musee Lombart

    Tags: Art Gallery, Museum

    Address: 7 Rue du Musee, 80600 Doullens France

    Timings: 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm Details

    Jules Francois Lombart, heir to the Lombart Chocolate Industries was an eccentric philanthropist, art lover and traveller. He built a museum housing some of his finest collections from around the glob...Read more

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    Cimetiere Paysager De La Madeleine

    Tags: Park, Walking Area, Cemetery

    Address: Cimetière de la Madeleine, 80080 Amiens, France.

    Timings: 08:00 am - 06:30 pm Details

    Located in the northwest of the city an 18 hectare large cemetery known for its serenity and the graves of prominent people. Commissioned as far back as 1817 the cemetery was designed to be both a par...Read more

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    Jardin Des Plantes

    Tags: Garden, Botanical Garden

    Address: 60 Boulevard du Jardin des Plantes, 80000 Amiens, France.

    Timings: 08:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    A garden with a rich history of more than 260 years as well as rich in its botanical collections. King Louis XV donated 2000 pounds to the city of Amiens in 1760 in order to build a garden and under t...Read more