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With a rich mix of historical value and old fashioned fun as the city of Arts and History, there is a rich heritage with much to offer its visitors.




Europe’s largest Sea Discovery Centre, Nausicaà, is an international landmark which enables visitors to discover the world oceans and multitudes of wonderful creatures. English King Henry VII besieged and briefly captured Boulogne from his base in Calais. Visitors can still see his stone cannon balls in the crypt of the cathedral. Napoleon’s used the town as a launching pad when prepared for the invasion of England in 1802-5 and his army built a monument just outside Boulogne in his honour.

Is there a local speciality?

Boulogne is France’s premier fishing port with a flotilla of 195 boats. So don't leave without trying a fresh fish speciality.

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Perched on a hill, the old town with its cobbled streets and ramparts boasts a magnificent cathedral and 13th century château. “Ville d’Art et d’Histoire”, Boulogne enjoys national recognition for the wealth of cultural heritage it has to offer.

The Upper Town houses a 12th century Belfry within superb 13th century Ramparts which encircle the cathederal, and the Chateau. The Chateau-Musee was built in the 13th century. Now it exhibits a major collection of Greek vases, Eskimo masks, and Egyptian items. The imposing Notre Dame Cathedral of Boulogne was built in the 18th century on the medieval crypt.

Those looking to embrace a hobby or try a new sport will be pleased to know there are 3 excellent golf courses in the area and an opportunity to go sand yachting!

Nausicaá National Sea Centre

More than just a simple aquarium, Nausicaa is the largest European complex entirely devoted to the universe of marine life. Nausicaá offers an entertaining, educational and scientific visit, raising public awareness about the need to act responsibly towards the welfare of the seas if their resources and beauty are to be maintained.
Let yourself be amazed by the immense variety of the sea life: 5 000 m2 exposition space, 35 000 living creatures, 1000 different species housed in 4.5 million Litres of water dispatched in 50 aquariums and huge pools.

Nausicaá National Sea Centre Events

There’s always something happening in Nausicaà: Our “Soirees Mer Veilleuses”, Our “Sea Imagery film festival, World ocean day, “The European Shark week”…and so much more to discover.

A New temporary exhibition, a new workshop, an encounter with the penguin’s carer, a quiz on Sharks…
Playing with fish in the petting-pool… The Nausicaà experience is also a personal one… Your trip has unforgettable encounters and surprises that only nature can bring!

Discovering the ocean’s treasures, its wonders are a simply unforgettable experience. The world beneath the waves has so much to teach us about own world, its history and of course the sheer magic of nature.
Nausicaà brings the ocean to life through its thematic exhibitions, presentations by animal carers, the chance to witness the birth of marine animals, films, workshops, conferences, and last but not least, its multimedia resource centre (on appointment). All of this so that everyone can learn about the ocean, so everyone can better understand the role it plays for the Earth and for Mankind.

Entry Price*
Kids (3 to 12 YO) : 11.95€
Disabled : 10.10€
Senior : 16.80€
Students 12.75€

*Nausicaa special rates and schedules more information »

When's market day?

Wednesday and Saturday morning in Dalton.

Interesting town fact

Since Roman times Boulogne has been established as a major port. Both Julius Caesar and Napoleon stayed a while here.