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Le Havre Office de tourisme
186 blvd Clemenceau Le Havre

Tel:+33 (0)2 32 74 04 04
Fax:+33 (0)2 35 42 38 39

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Le Havre is France's second largest port after Marseille.  It bustles with passenger ferries to Great Britain, yachts and transatlantic cargo ships. 

Although Le Havre was badly bombed during the World War II it is not without charm!  Its central areas were redesigned in the 1950s-1960s by August Perret who is also responsible for the Stalinist Baroque Eglise St-Joseph.  This is one expression of the Communist-led city council who encouraged the town's twinning with Stalingrad. 

Perhaps the town's finest glory is the Bassin de Commerce where you'll find buildings with tinted glass and the Espace Oscar Niemeyer, a square named after the Brazilian who designed the two controversial cultural centres found here. 

If you have the time wander down to Le Havre's wide, rocky beach.  Its cleanliness has won it the blue flag award twice!

What to See - Le Havre Attractions

Museum d'Histoire Naturelle
Place du Vieux Marche, Le Havre 76000
a vast collection of animals, minerals & fossiles housed in Le Havre's 13th century former law courts
| Opening Times: Mon, Thu & Fri: pms only; Wed, Sat & Sun: am & pm | Tel: +33 (0)2 35 41 37 28

Prieure de Graville
Rue Elisee Reclus, Le Havre 76000
le Havre's oldest building a 12th - 13th century Roman church (sacred art expos sometimes held here)
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)2 35 47 14 01

Espace Maritime et Portuaire des Docks Vauban
Quai Frissard, Le Havre 76000
a interesting museum which presents the everyday life of old port workers of Le Havre
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Wed, Sat & Sun (pms only) | Tel: +33 (0)2 35 24 51 00

Jardin Japonais
186 blvd Clemenceau, le Havre 76000
guide tours of this 'secret garden' organised by the tourist office
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Contact tourist office to book | Tel: +33 (0)2 32 74 04 04

Reserve Naturelle de L'Estuaire de la Seine
Maison de L'Estuaire, 20 rue Jean Caurret, Le Havre 76600
guided visits of Le Havre's superb nature reserve
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Contact to check dates | Tel: +33 (0)2 35 24 80 00

Palais Benedictine
110 rue Alexandre Le Grand, Fecamp 76400
The Benedictine distillery that will divulge the history of the making of Benedictine - the delicious aromatic digestif!
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 35 10 26 10

Tourisme et Loisirs Maritimes
Port du Havre, Le Havre 76600
boat trips & sea fishing
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)2 35 28 99 53

Club Loisirs Nautiques Thalassa
BP 322, Le Havre 76600
weekend sailing trips & daytrips
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)2 35 22 71 56

Falaise d'Aval
West of Etretat on Cote d'Albatre,
Guy Maupassant compared these cliffs to an elephant dipping its trunk into the sea

Musee Malraux
2 bd Clemenceau, Le Havre 76600
the truly exquisite glass and metal art museum which houses a superb collection of artworks by the local artist Raoul Dufy and others
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)2 35 19 62 62