The Belgium city of Namur has a friendly atmosphere and offers a welcoming vibe to its visitors. The meeting of the river Meuse and the river Sambre at Namur contributed to its military past. The historical city has played an important part in many wars throughout the years due to its strategic location, and in fact the city was once a Roman settlement. Today visitors will find a hospitable place full of history and charm, with plenty to see and do, and with many lively bars, cafes and restaurants to enjoy.
Whether it’s the history and culture that you are interested in, or maybe you wish to take advantage of the superb public transport available to take passengers into the Ardennes, there is something for most people to enjoy. Namur has a regular bustling market where you can purchase local produce, or alternatively relax in one of the city’s friendly bars. Below are some of the top sights for you to visit.
The citadel – Due to the location of Namur and its easy accessibility from the rivers, the Citadelle De Namur, has played an important part in the history of the city, and was once one of Europe’s largest fortifications. The Citadel looks down on Namur and offers great views of the city and the Meuse valley. Today visitors are free to explore the trails and pathways of the Citadel, including the underground tunnels. Visit the information point, Terra Nova, and take a mini train ride that passes through parts of the Citadel. Guided tours are available and there are onsite facilities and amenities.
Parc Attractif Reine Fabiola – This is great fun for children and a must visit for families. The amusement park is located close to the Citadel and has many activities and adventures for children to enjoy.
St. Alban’s Cathedral – This 18th century cathedral was built by the Italian architect Gaetino Pizzoni and features some spectacular paintings. The cathedral replaced the previous cathedral which was sadly destroyed by fire.
Various museums are to be found in Namur including Musée des Arts Anciens du Namurois (historic collection of artworks from the region) and Musée Félicien Rops (dedicated to Félicien Rops the local nineteenth century painter and illustrator).
As well as the shops, restaurants and bars, you can also visit The Royal Theatre of Namur to enjoy a show or just to admire the buildings architecture. If you visit in September you could be lucky enough to arrive during the celebrations of the Fêtes de Wallonie where the city enjoys much festivity.
The Ardennes – Visitors of Namur can not only enjoy the picturesque city but also explore the surrounding countryside of the Ardennes, known for its natural beauty, hills, woodlands and castles.
So as you can see, although a small city, there is still plenty to see and do in the delightful city of Namur.
Travelling to Namur by Ferry
Namur is positioned well inland and if your travelling their by ferry then regardless of what route you are taking, you will looking at just under 2 hours up to 3 hour drive once you leave the ferry port in Europe. A ferry to one of the two Belgium ports will get you closest.
All three of the UK to Belgium ferries will get you within 110 miles of Namur, then it should be a pleasant drive through Belgium that should take you less than 2 hours at most times of the day. There is actually seven separate UK to Europe ferries that will get you within a 3 hour drive of Namur. Where ever you live in the UK, driving to the Namur should be easy with ferries available from Scotland, Newcastle, Hull, Harwich and Dover.