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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Rieulay
Insee code59501
AltitudeFrom 16 to 27 meters
Surface7.29 km²
Population1436 inhabitants
Density196 inhabitants/km²


National labelBruille-lez-Marchiennes at 2.6 km (4 min)
Chief townLille (at 53 km, 39 min)Vred at 3.1 km (5 min)
DepartmentNordPecquencourt at 4.4 km (6 min)
RegionNord-Pas-de-CalaisSearch another town


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Rieulay is a mining town suburban areas under the influence of the industrial sector Somain-Pecquencourt but is also a rural town in the valley of the Scarpe its boundary with the mining area.

The village opens to Marchiennes a feature of the wet valley agricultural and natural area classified as an area of ​​ecological interest flora and fauna, justifying his membership in the Regional Natural Park Scarpe Escaut.

This town also has on its territory the largest flat heap of Nord-Pas-de-Calais with 140 ha.

Locality Rieulay existed long before the year 800 through a Gallo-Roman villa. At the end of the 12th century, the Chevalier Pierre Douay became the possessor. He built in 1215 a castle and a chapel in 1217.

In 1712, during the Battle of Denain, the Austrians had established their camp on the outskirts of Rieulay and stored supplies and ammunition along the Scarpe.

During the Revolutionary period, the population of Rieulay was calm, the chapel was spared and became a parish church in the Concordat of 1804.

Finally, during the two world wars, Rieulay suffered invasions and German occupations. It was released October 19, 1918 by English troops and September 2, 1944 by U.S. troops.


The House of the heap, museum on the history of coal mining and geology.

The pond Argalis and its leisure at the foot of the heap.

The heap: It is made from the early 20th century by the sterile products Somain neighboring pits and Pecquencourt, gradually covering a wetland and woodland bordering the village to the west and forming a continuous screen of 25 m high . Built largely before the invention of washing, it contains a significant proportion of combustible material, which justified its use by the Coal Mines Basin Nord-Pas-de-Calais from 1975. This operation was used to recover coal that was used for the operation of thermal power Hornaing. The treatment was 7 000 tons a day! Use this operation with the railway does not allow development. In 1977, the Mayor got a test to be conducted along the farm where a pond was dug. He showed that rehabilitation could quickly lead to a new landscape. Exemplary collaboration between the municipality and the company Tercharnor helped organize a redevelopment of wasteland as and when its operation. The heap has followed three lines of development: economic and cultural, tourism and leisure environment.

The Castle: The moats were fed by a diversion of Great Traitoire, the gap of 24 feet and by the flowing nearby. The buildings were composed of 3 large round towers topped with domes of brick. The tower was made of 4 large wings covered with slate. The construction extends from 1207 to 121: it is the feudal castle Rieulay, which built his mansion in the Flemish in the mid 16th century.

The pigeon: Built between 1705 and 1708, it is in place and place of the old dungeon. It consists of a square tower of brick and limestone, topped by an octagonal turret with a slate roof. It was bought by the Compagnie des Mines d'Aniche into housing Houllières National Guards until 1969. Released in 1970, he eventually became property of the Scarpe Escaut Nature Park and turned into a cottage. He is listed as a historic monument since December 19, 1973. There was also supposed, the farm of the castle, where you can see today that the portal arch leading to the school.


Fl'Aureily: flower festival, local produce and sustainable development in May.

Cultural decade in November.

Farmers' Market: 2nd Sunday of each month.

Farmers' Market: Structure development and marketing of local produce, open Tuesday through Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m..


Lake and nature reserveLake and nature reserve



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Wednesday 28 January
Min. 3°C - Max. 8°C
Thursday 29 January
Min. 3°C - Max. 5°C
Friday 30 January
Min. 2°C - Max. 4°C


French cuisine restaurantLa Chaumière  
It's good to warm to come La Chaumière! In the countryside, not far from Lille and Valencia, this picturesque house welcomes you. The kitchen, René Pawlak invites you to taste traditional...
Located 7.6 km from Rieulay29 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantAu Bureau Douai  
At the brewery Bureau, located in Douai, 200 meters from the train station, offers to share a good meal in a wooded setting, typical Parisian brasserie, with its leather armchairs and...
Located 12 km from Rieulay24 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLa Terrasse  
THE CLASSIC Douai - A beautiful bourgeois building housing one that follows the same line the past 40 years ... This speaks volumes about the timeless charm of this place, combining...
Located 12.2 km from Rieulay51 € per person 

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Farm with 2 bedroomsLa Ferme des Géants Batisse et Lisa    
Family guest bedroom with master suite on the Farm of the Giants Batisse and Lisa, renovated farmhouse in the hamlet Rouillon in the heart of the natural park Scarpe-Escaut, near the...
Located 23 km from RieulayFrom 30 € to 55 € the double room 
House with 4 bedroomsDomaine de la Frênaie     NEW
Surrounded by a park of 3000 m², the Domaine de la Frênaie is located in the village of Estreux and has an outdoor pool, a tennis court and a large terrace. It offers rooms with a private...
Located 24 km from RieulayFrom 85 € to 95 € the double room 
Farm with 1 bedroomLa Rose Laitière    
We welcome you in our renovated farmhouse of the xviii century. You will be charmed by the double ensuite bedroom ' La chambre du Bassin Aquatique' (max 3 pers.) The room is decorated...
Located 25 km from Rieulay70 € the double room 

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House for 4 personsGîte 3ch Ferme des Géants Batisse Lisa  
Welcome to our guesthouse 'The Farm of the Giants Batisse and Lisa ', renovated farmhouse in the hamlet Rouillon in the heart of the natural park Scarpe-Escaut, near the forest of the...
Located 23 km from RieulayFrom 275 € to 320 € per week 
House for 3 personsLa Ferme des Géants Batisse et Lisa  
Welcome to our Guest House 'The Farm of the Giants Batisse and Lisa ', renovated farmhouse in the hamlet Rouillon in the heart of the natural park Scarpe-Escaut, near the forest of...
Located 23 km from RieulayFrom 225 € to 265 € per week 
House for 4 personsPerle de L' Ecaillon  
Welcome. We offer your a romantic stay in one of our 2 ensuite guestrooms or in our romantic holiday cottage / gîte on the estate of our historical farm ' La Rose Laitiere ' from the...
Located 25 km from RieulayFrom 450 € to 700 € per week 

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97 places over 3,6 haLe mont des bruyères    
On the edge of 5000 hectares of forest, 3 minutes from the spa, camping with bar, shop, rentals of mobile homes fully equipped, linen provided.
Located 16.1 km from RieulayFrom 17 € to 21 € per day 

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Relais Fasthotel Somain - Hotel in RieulayRelais Fasthotel Somain    
The inn has a wooden façade and features well-equipped rooms, a restaurant and meeting facilities. Benefit from a free Internet connection to keep in touch with your friends, colleagues...
Located 2.9 km from RieulayRoom from 54 €
Kyriad Douai - Hotel in RieulayKyriad Douai     
This Kyriad is located just 4 km south of Douai and a 10-minute drive from the A21 motorway. It offers a 24-hour reception, air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi access and modern design....
Located 10.4 km from RieulayRoom from 49 €
Le Manoir - Hotel in RieulayLe Manoir     
Located between Lille and Valenciennes, near the A23 motorway and the airport Lille-Lesquin, Le Manoir, hosts a diverse clientele in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Le Manoir has 32...
Located 10.8 km from RieulayRoom from 79 €

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Suite Novotel Lille Europe
Set in the city centre, this 4-star hotel is just 600 metres from Lille-Flandres Train Station. It features a fitness centre and offers suites with free...
Entre Valenciennes et le Quesnoy
Gîte des Prairies 4 personnes à la campagne au calme, coin tranquille et reposant.
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