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What to Do and See in Beauvais? – The Guide

Whether you find yourself in Beauvais to catch a flight from Paris-Beauvais Tillé Airport (BVA), for business reasons, or for a tourist getaway, this guide is specially designed for those eager to explore and discover the city. We’re excited to present the three monuments managed by our association, but your exploration of Beauvais shouldn’t stop there! Indeed, Beauvais is a city steeped in history and teeming with tourist sites worth discovering. Let’s get started!

What to Visit in Beauvais?

Saint-Pierre Cathedral of Beauvais

Cathedral St Peter

Discover the majestic Saint-Pierre Cathedral of Beauvais, a Gothic architectural masterpiece from the 13th and 16th centuries. Located in the heart of the city, this cathedral, famous for its dizzying height, is a must-see during your visit to Beauvais. Admire its exceptional stained-glass windows, detailed sculptures, and rich history. Immerse yourself in the grandeur and spirituality of this iconic monument, a true gem of French heritage. Visit the Cathedral

Notre-Dame de la Basse-Œuvre Church

Our Lady of Basse-OEuvre

Explore the magnificent Notre-Dame de la Basse-Œuvre Church, a medieval treasure nestled in the heart of Beauvais. This church, dating back to the 10th century, is a remarkable example of Carolingian architecture. A true survivor of history, Notre-Dame de la Basse-Œuvre is a must-see during your visit to Beauvais. Visit the Basse-Œuvre

Saint-Étienne Church

St Etienne Church

A blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles, Saint-Étienne Church will enchant you with its elegant vaults, sculptural details, and remarkable stained-glass windows. Immerse yourself in its sacred atmosphere, admire its colorful stained-glass, and soak up the cultural and spiritual richness of this iconic place. Don’t miss this essential stop during your exploration of Beauvais’ architectural treasures. Visit Saint-Étienne Church

Beauvais Astronomical Clocks

astronomical clocks

Beauvais is home to not one, but two astronomical clocks, both housed in the cathedral. The first dates back to the 14th century, while the second, a true monumental feat, features 53 dials, stands 12 meters high, and consists of no less than 90,000 pieces! True engineering masterpieces, these two clocks offer a unique experience where art, science, and history converge, making them must-sees during your visit to Beauvais. Discover the Astronomical Clocks

Visits just steps away from the cathedral

The MUDO (Departmental Museum)

During your stay in Beauvais, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the MUDO, located in the Palace of the city’s bishops and counts. This museum, entirely free, houses a superb collection of works by local and international artists. You will be charmed by the diversity of the canvases that will transport you to discover the landscapes of the Oise region as well as distant destinations. This cultural getaway offers an enriching experience to be shared with family.

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The Quadrilatère (Beauvais Art Center)

At the heart of the city lies the Quadrilatère, a vibrant space dedicated to life, exchanges, and encounters. Contemporary artists and architects involved in the projects of the art center, study days, publications, and mediation activities all contribute to enriching the scientific and cultural project of this institution, currently undergoing significant evolution. A heritage trail, future center for the interpretation of architecture and heritage, now complements the cultural offering of the Quadrilatère, aiming to strengthen the links between history and creation for the future.

Other visits in Beauvais

The Maladrerie Saint-Lazare

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Since 2009, the Beauvaisis Agglomeration Community has been leading an ambitious project aimed at highlighting the Maladrerie, an exceptional place. Today, the Maladrerie offers a variety of activities:

  • A cultural venue: featuring music concerts (classical, jazz, world music), circus and street arts shows, contemporary art exhibitions, artist residencies, and music recording sessions.
  • A heritage and tourism site: offering self-guided and guided tours, workshops for schoolchildren focused on heritage and the medieval-inspired garden, as well as a site labeled Handicap and Tourism for its accessibility.
  • A venue open to the economy: organizing professional trade shows and renting spaces to businesses and individuals.

Tourist Office – Visit Beauvais

Discover the tourist map of Beauvais created by the Tourist Office of the Beauvais Agglomeration, organized around six captivating themes: nature, must-see attractions, sports facilities, public buildings, places for outings and culture, as well as 100% entertainment activities. Don’t delay, visit the official website now to access this valuable resource.