Things to do
Béthune is a charming, small town arranged around a large open square. Wander through the streets around your luxury hotel and you’ll soon come across the tall belfry. Climb the 144 steps to see a commanding view of the rolling countryside, and see if you can spot the Belgian border. Or simply listen out for its chimes every fifteen minutes.
If you fancy burning off some steam while staying in Béthune, take the 20-minute drive to the town of Douvrin. Here you’ll find a purpose-built go-karting track that’s a favourite with the locals – and great fun for visitors.
Thanks to its border location, Béthune was extremely important strategically during the First World War. Heavy fighting here flattened much of the town, and many soldiers from both sides of the conflict were laid to rest in the local cemetery. Take a trip to nearby Arras for humbling reminders of WW1.