Days Out: Somme (80)

Musee des Abris - Somme 1916 (Somme Trench Museum)
Museum detailling First World War located in a 13th century tunnels converted into air-raid shelters during Second World War. Open 1 December until 17 December. (See website for times and prices - available in english). Rue Anicet Godin, 80300 Albert
LHerbarium de Saint Valery sur Somme
Botanical garden situated in the medieval battlements of the old town. containing over 1000 plants in a space of 1700 square metres. Open Tuesday to Sunday from May to September. 36 rue Brandt, Jardin des Remparts, 80230 Saint Valery sur Somme.
Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme
Narrow-guage steam railway running around the Bay of the Somme between Cayeux-sur-Mer, St Valerie-sur-Somme, Noyelles-sur-Mer and Le Crotoy. For timetable and tarifs, see their website.
Park Samara
Museum of pre-history, Arboretum, interactive workshops, prehistoric recipes and restaurant. 80 310 La Chaussee Tirancourt
Les hortillonnages
These floating gardens are over 300 hectares with 65km of canals, The gardens grow vegetables as well as fruit and flowers. You can view them by boat, known as a horn. Amiens (80).
Les Jardins dHarcelaines
Beautiful landscaped garden/park, English shrubberies, croquet lawn and wealth of plants and flowers. Near a River. Open July to September, on Thursdays. Book before you go.41, Rue de la Croix, Gamaches (80)
La Musee Picarvie (Picarvie Musuem).
Museum of the professions and traditions of yesteryear in Picardy. Gift shop with local produce and books. Open from early April until late September. Wednesday to Sunday 10:00-12:30 and 13:30-18:00. 5 quai du Romorel, 80230 Saint-Valery-sur-Somme.
Galerie du Vitrail
Gallery housing a private collection of stained glass windows. Workshop and gift shop in the building. 40 rue Victor Hugo, Amiens (80).
Bateau de la Baie de Somme
Boat trips around the Bay of the Somme, from Saint Valery en Somme (80) and Le Crotoy (80). Combination trips can be arranged with the Bay of the Somme Railway. Ticket Office: Billetterie de Saint Valery, Quai Perree. 80230 Saint-Valery-sur-Somme.
Citadelle de Doullens
A citadel built in the middle ages, historically important as the model that Vauban the military architect used. 52 route d Amiens, Doullens (80).
LAbbaye Royal de Saint Riquier (The Abbey of Saint Riquier).
7th century Benedictine abbey. Hosting exhibitions, festivals and musical events during August and September. Place de lEglise, 80135 Saint Riquier.
Maison Jules Verne and Centre International Jules Verne
The house where Jules Verne lived from 1882 to 1900. There is a collection of 29 items relating to writer including personal belingings. 2 rue Charles Duboi, Amiens (80).
La baie composee
Take a trip around the Bay in a 2 CV. Most excurstions last for 1.30 hrs. and the Car can take up to 3 passengers. Certainly an unusual way to see the Bay of the Somme. La baie composee, Office du Tourisme dAbbeville (80).
Musee de Picardie (Museum of Picardy (80)).
A monument to regional antiques, housed in a palace based on the Louvre. Regular exhibitions, events and workshops. Closed Monday and Sunday mornings. See website for precise opening times. 48 rue de la Republique, 80000 Amiens
Parc Zoologique dAmiens
Zoo housing over 300 animals from 60 species. It holds guided tours and seasonal events. Located at 101 Rue Faubourg de Hem, 80000 Amiens.
Baie de Somme Aventures
Adventure park in a forest on the coast with outdoor activities including tightrope walking and running over vine bridges. 6 avenue Henri Renard, Quend-Plage les Pins, Quend-Plage (80).

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