Here are some ideas of places of worship to visit or leisure activities to do in the surrounding area of the Hippodrome.
THE CITY OF MONS
Feel free to visit Mons, the European Capital City for Culture in 2015.
There is an itinerary of 1.5km we suggest you to do to discover the historical city center and its narrow streets from the Medieval Period.
For more information on the itenerary, visit : Visite de Mons
Here are a few suggestions to give you an insight into the city center :
- The “Musée du Doudou” : a museum giving all the details about the most well-known folklore historical fair in the area (part of the Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage).
Fo more information, visit : Musée du Doudou
- The “Saint-Georges Room” : in the core of the city center (main square), integrated in the Townhall. You can find there exhibitions about “Culture and Society”
For more information, visit: Salle Saint-Georges
- The Belfry Museum : Museum to discover this architectural heritage. The Belfry is really an iconic place in the area and the symbol of the city.
For more information, visit: Beffroi
- “Saint-Waudru” Church: Gothic-style church with a lot religious art pieces to be seen Inside.
For more information, visit : Collégiale Sainte-Waudru
Pairi Daiza is an very large park (7 million sq. ft) with almost 5,000 animals. The park is divided into gardens giving insight into the 5 continents. This zoo has been nominated as the best zoo in Europe for 2018 and has a 3-star rating in the Michelin guide. You will meet there with different cultures from different continents, not only with the stunning animals but also with the architectural masterpieces specially built by workers coming from all over the world.
For more information, visit : Pairi Daiza
ASCENSEUR DE STREPY-THIEU
You can go for a small cruise on the « Historic Center Canal » (Unesco World Heritage). You will go through a sluice and will navigate on the historic hydraulic boat lifter. There is also a guided visit of the machinery room.
For more information, visit: Strepy-Thieu
SITE DU GRAND HORNU
Recognized as part of the Unesco World Heritage since 2012, this site is as real gem of the European industrial heritage of the XIXth century.
For more information, visit : Grand Hornu
LAGO MONS - PISCINE DU GRAND LARGE
Come to discover this family tropical aquatic park with an indoor laguna, a river, whirlpools and 2 exterior pools with terrace. On top of that, there is also a sport pool with 8 lanes of 33m.
For more information, visit: Le grand large
Good news ! All the riders, trainers and gold-pack owners will get a free entry for the aquatic leisure park.
Imagipark is a leisure park at a walking distance from Lago pool. Kart track, bowling, playground for this kids, snooker tables,… All for a fun !..
For more information, visit : Imagipark
Goolfy is an unprecedented concept of indoor mini-golf played in the dark. Only golf balls and sticks are fluorescent. The inside decoration is made of well-known Belgian symbols, also fluorescent for a very special look.
For more information, visit: Goolfy
Indoor laser game based on « Star Wars » universe. 3.800 sq ft on 2 levels with blacklight. This is an activity for all the family from 10 years-old (or 8 years-old with an adult). Private sessions can be organized for groups.
For more information, visit : Laser game
CINEMA IMAGIX MONS
IImagix a cinema complex with 14 movie theaters, all with 1st-class seats. Projection systems are all HD, three of them are 3D
For more information, visit: Imagix Mons