Things to do in Boulogne-sur-Mer

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Start with the Top Sights in Boulogne-sur-Mer

If you're in Boulogne-sur-Mer to see the sights, you can't miss any of these.

Nausicaá - Centre national de la Mer

⭐️ 4.4 (32777)

Parc Bagatelle

⭐️ 4.3 (9084)

Museum of the Atlantic Wall

⭐️ 4.5 (2719)

Phare du Cap Gris-Nez

⭐️ 4.7 (1381)

Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception at Boulogne-sur-Mer

⭐️ 4.4 (1187)

Éphémère Garden

⭐️ 4.4 (815)

Casino Golden Palace Boulogne-sur-Mer

⭐️ 3.9 (636)

Column of the Grande Armée

⭐️ 4.3 (449)

Crypte de la Basilique Notre-Dame

⭐️ 4.5 (312)


⭐️ 4.7 (245)

La Vallée du Denacre

⭐️ 4.4 (218)

End your night in some of the best bars in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Discover the most vibrant nightlife scenes in Boulogne-sur-Mer, curated exclusively for you.

Au Bureau Boulogne sur Mer

⭐️ 4 (1005)

Price Range: $$

La Cave de Monsieur Guy / La Grange de Monsieur Guy

⭐️ 4.7 (900)

Price Range: $$

L'Alcazar Café

⭐️ 4.4 (439)

Price Range: $$


⭐️ 4.1 (435)

Price Range: $$

BAR Au Vieux Singe (bar)

⭐️ 4.6 (313)

Price Range: $$


⭐️ 4.4 (176)

The Vole Hole

⭐️ 4.7 (142)

Price Range: $$

Le Black Pearl

⭐️ 4.2 (129)

La Chapelle

⭐️ 4 (112)

Le Blue Note Factory

⭐️ 4.6 (111)

Le Palais De La Bière Boulogne Sur Mer

⭐️ 4.6 (103)

Pick from the best places to stay in Boulogne-sur-Mer

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Looking for unforgettable fine-dining experiences in Boulogne-sur-Mer?

Hungry? We've got the best rated, the best of the best.

Restaurant de la plage

⭐️ 4.4 (305)

Price Range: $$$

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  1. Explore the Citadel of Boulogne-sur-Mer: A designated historic landmark, this 18th-century fortification complex provides stunning coastal views and a rich history for visitors.
  2. Visit the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Boulogne: A historic Romanesque-Gothic church located in the center of town, the Notre-Dame Cathedral serves as an important local landmark with ornate carvings, stained glass windows and a storied history.
  3. Explore the Nausicaa National Sea Center: A unique interactive aquarium and educational center, Nausicaa helps visitors get up close and personal with marine wildlife, with displays, exhibits and activities highlighting the importance of the marine environment.

Boulogne-sur-Mer experiences the best weather from May to September. In the summer months, the temperatures are mild and pleasant for outdoor activities. The city is particularly beautiful in April, when the many flowers are in bloom. In the winter, temperatures can dip as low as -2° Celsius.

Spending a few days at Boulogne-sur-Mer is the perfect way to experience the city’s unique attractions. At least three days should be enough time to explore the city's main sites, including the Nausicaa Marine Centre, the Boulogne Castle, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Visitors can also take a day trip to the picturesque walled town of Wimereux and enjoy some of the beautiful coastal walks that the area has to offer.

Traveling around Boulogne-sur-Mer is quite convenient. The city boasts an efficient network of public buses, offered by Ouibus and Flixbus, which goes all around the city and its surrounding areas. There is a local rail network served by the two major train stations: Boulogne-Ville and Boulogne-Maritime. Also, visitors can take the ferry from Boulogne Harbour, which offers the Ride-on service to visit the town's beautiful surroundings. Moreover, the city has numerous bike paths in town and a bike-share system operated by La Machine.

Boulogne-sur-Mer is a great destination for families with young children. Visiting the Sea Life aquarium is a must, where kids can learn all about marine life, and see creatures such as turtles and sharks. Another activity the kids will love is a boat tour on Sourire de la Mer, sailing around the harbour and viewing the coastline. Lastly, take a cable car ride up to the Notre-Dame de Boulogne to explore the impressive fortifications and enjoy some stunning views.

We've actually curated a complete list of the best bars in Boulogne-sur-Mer. To start off we'd have to mention ASH’S IRISH PUB, The Vole Hole, BAR Au Vieux Singe (bar). Check out our page on the best bars in Boulogne-sur-Mer.

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