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Wellington Quarry

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The Wellington Quarry is made up of 20 kilometres of tunnels 20 metres underground, a city built under the city of Arras. Here you can walk in the footsteps of 20 000 Commonwealth soldiers who took part in WWI’s largest attack. Listen to letters they wrote while underground and see their messages carved or painted on the tunnel walls. Learn how they felt and passed the time as they prepared for one of history’s biggest surprise attacks.

Certain points during the tour can get quite emotional, like listening to letters being read out, knowing the fate of the authors who were, for the most part, very young men. Or standing at the bottom of stairs leading to the trenches where so many died.

We were quite impressed with how well the exhibit was curated and with our guide’s knowledge of the events. We highly recommend this tour for anyone who is visiting the area.

The tour costs less than €7.00, lasts about 40 minutes and is quite informative.

La Carrière Wellington/The Wellington Quarry

Rue Delétoille, ArrasTel +33 (0)3 21 51 26 95

Written by  A Cook Not Mad (Nat & Tim).

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