Reims Cathedral (51 Marne, Grand Est) is one of the great masterpieces of the Middle Ages. The façade is covered with statues and statuettes. Celebrations for the 800th birthday in 2014 run from May to October. Events have included exhibitions, conferences, street performances and lightshows so the public can admire the Cathedral at night.
This structure has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1991 and is a major site of European History. It was host to the coronation of 25 French kings including Joan of Arc crowing Charles VII. in addition, six new stained glass windows designed by Imi Knoebel, a German artist, were inaugurated on June 25, 2011. The six windows in the apse of the cathedral cover an area of 128m² and are positioned next to the Chagall windows.
The light show is on Friday- Sunday evenings in October 2011 (except 1 & 2 Oct)
Reims Christmas Market (Village de Noel) 21 November – 28 December 2014 see www.reims-tourisme.com
Reims is a reasonably compact city to visit with the river, Cathedral and numerous Champagne houses to visit along with all the attractions of a busy modern city – shopping , restaurants etc
Reims is just a 3 hour autoroute drive from Calais, P&O Ferries can get you across the channel on their frequent service with a car and the kids you can visit the cathedral that has stood for 8 centuries.
Travel with DFDS Seaways and save up to 20% on access to the Cathedral Towers and other major sites throughout France!
hotels. self-catering apartments, hotels in and around Reims including B&B La Demeure des Sacres boutique-style accommodation with a large garden just 300 metres from Reims Cathedral
Go by train from London to Reims via Paris and the new TGV Est