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“Hidden Treasure”

Wellington Tunnels, Memorial to the Battle of Arras
Ranked #3 of 48 things to do in Arras
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Enter one of the most secret place of military history, and discover a real underground town, where more than 20 000 soldiers of the Commonwealth prepared the most surprising attack of WW1.
Reviewed 9 July 2014

On the recommendation of friends who frequent Arras, we decided to visit. It was a wonderful tour of the cwaves below Arras that really gives an amazing perspective of what it would have been like in WWI. I can't imagine how they 'lived' in the caves before the sneak attacks. If you have time after visiting the Canadian Vimy memorial, you owe it to yourself to visit these chalk caves.

Thank Robert P
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

You can only visit the site with a guide, wearing a tin hat and an audio guide, which springs into action at appointed moments during the tour. The young lady who led us round was informative and presented the visit very well, in two languages as we were in a mixed group. We found it a very moving experience, especially seeing the altar that had been set up for a service before the men left the tunnels. My only criticism was the guide rails alongside the platforms - these were below knee level, and in the gloom they weren't always easy to see, especially when walking along in a group. I was concerned about tripping over one and falling into the (admittedly not very deep) trench at the side of the walkway. Highter rails would not have obstructed any views. The whole presentation was beautifully done, with stops at strategic points to stand on platforms and watch short films, listen to moving poetry or just look at recovered artefacts. We were in the area to visit my grandfather's war grave and this was a most fitting visit to have made, and brought home quite vividly how terrifying the expereience must have been

1  Thank Moville047
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

This well presented tour and exhibition of events in Arras during the Great War is well worth a visit. It is a sobering experience to be brought face-to-face with the hardships and dangers our troops endured both before and during the subsequent battles. It would be a good thing if all British schoolchildren were to visit it... but of course that is not practical. The recent comments by Terry W and BernieL078 are accurate and I agree with everything they say (our guide also had his script off pat, but he was still interesting when he could have been boring) A worthwhile and indeed essential experience if you are in the Arras area.

1  Thank Neptune021
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

A great tour but would have been good to be able to see the operating theatre area etc., and be shown the exits above ground where the troops exited to join the fight. Quite chilling seeing where the troops had to wait before being sent out into battle, not knowing what was going to confront them.

1  Thank John B
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

I was rather surprised at this attraction having read about how it was part of a battle plan The tour guide had a good manner about him and although he had the tour off pat he made it sound interesting My only complaint if you can call it one was the whole thing was very commercial rather than a natural display

Thank Terry W
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