For most British readers and lovers of history, Mons is ‘the first and last’ of the First World War. The location of the first engagement by the British Expeditionary Force in August 1914, and the place where the last Allied victims of the terrible conflict fell in November 1918, within minutes of the Armistice being declared.

The town has, however, borne witness to many more battles than that, and is also proud of its origins, dating back to the Romans. It’s also a place of ancient festivals and celebrations, including the world famous  ‘Lumeçon’ and ‘Le Car d'Or’.

Vincent Van Gogh was here awhile, painting the mining community, before moving to Provence. The house in which he lived can be visited.

Around Mons, there are several other attractions that should not be missed.

The VisitMons app | Free to download

Take Mons with you everywhere you go, courtesy of the free VisitMons app.

VisitMons is a tourist guide you can carry in your pocket. It has an easy-to-use search tool based on where you are, and a facility to buy tickets, book hotels and plan visits. And you can even share your Mons experiences on social media.

Download the app on iTunes® and Google Play.