Beffroi Saint Éloi
rue de l’Amiral Ronarc’h
Tel: 00 (0)3 28 66 79 21
Open: 9am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 6.30pm Monday to Saturday and 2-4pm Sunday. No midday closure during July and August
Entry Fee: 2,80 euros
Guided Tour: Available in French and English
The medieval Belfry, a World Heritage Site, is an attractive, uniquely free standing, 58m/190ft high belfry that dates back to the 13th century that was later made taller in 1440. Finely decorated with Gothic styles arches it was originally built by the Bishop of Cambrai as a beacon for the community. It once served as the bell-tower to Eglis (church) St-Éloi but the church burned to the ground in 1558 effectively leaving the belfry as a separate entity. The Belfry was spared again in the 1940s emerging as one of the few buildings that miraculously survived the bombing of World War II. Today it has the accolade of being the oldest monument in town.
The tower has a peal of 48 bells which ring out the Jean Bart tune on the hour and other popular tunes every 15 minutes. At its base, there is a cenotaph dedicated to the memory of the soldiers of the First World War.
The belfry is open to visitors and you can climb to the top and get an eyeful of Dunkirk and beyond.
The tourist office is located on the ground floor.