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Transmanche Museum, Cap Blanc-Nez

1. Louis Bleriot - first to fly solo across the channel in 1909; 2. 19th century tunnelling machine

History of Channel Crossings
From on top of the white chalk cliffs of 130-metre high Cap Blanc-Nez, you can appreciate the splendid view (on a clear day) of the English coast only 30km away - and the many ships passing through the busiest shipping corridor in the world - about 600 ships an hour.

Nearby the Transmanche Museum tells the stories of many projects to cross the channel by air, underground, across the sea, underwater.... including many “crazy crossings” and the brave efforts of marathon swimmers to swim across the swift currents of the narrow straits.

1. Crossing the Channel by hot-air balloon, first achieved by Montgolfier brothers, 1780s.
2. Boats in the Channel 3. schemes for a French invasion during the Napoleonic Wars 1803-1815
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Channel Tunnel - model of 3 tunnels  Thomé de Gamond - French pioneer of a cross-Channel fixed link  Thome de Gamond's tunnel scheme 1857
NOW & THEN: (left) model of the Channel Tunnel opened in 1994. (centre) French engineer Thomé de Gamond and (right) his railway tunnel scheme of 1857. Now a restaurant on the Museum site is named after this pioneer.

Transmanche Museum: looking out to Cap Blanc-Nez
You can book guided walks in the coastal countryside around Cap Blanc-Nez

Background information
Channel Tunnel
How the Channel was formed
History of Channel Ferries

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Location: Musée du Transmanche, 62179 ESCALLES
Take D244 exit from A16 autoroute Calais-Boulogne
Information/ reservations:
Tel: 00 33 3 21 85 57 42 - Fax: 00 33 3 21 83 44 45
Schools and other groups book visits through the Caps et Marais d'Opale Nature Park office:
Tel: 00 33 (0)
Fax : 00 33 (0)
Email :

You can also arrange 45min walks around the Cap Blanc Nez coast via Eden 62:
Contact : Eden 62, 2 rue Claude, BP 113, 62240 DESVRES
Tel: 00 33 (0)


Where to eat in the Coastal Park - we recommend:
Thomé de Gamond - panoramic restaurant is in the same building as the Transmanche Museum

Nature park:
Boulonnais - coastal region nature park. Information on walks and cycle paths from Park Office.



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