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Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2012, Bois-du-Luc is an outstanding example of a working-class village comprising a city and a group of industrial, social, cultural, festive and religious buildings built between 1838 and 1923.
© Bernard Vanroye / Ecomusee Bois-du-Luc

Bois du Luc

Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Bois-du-Luc mine site is an exceptional monument of the early industrial era and the social paternalism that nurtured it.

Exceptional in the integrity and authenticity of its historic heritage, Bois-du-Luc is one of the oldest mines in Belgium, with recorded activity dating back to 1685. The place is particularly known for the surrounding collier's village built especially for the purpose and containing everything the workers needed: a church, a hospital, schools, shops, a retirement home, a community centre, even a small park with a bandstand, as well as the miners' houses themselves. It is today one of the most notable surviving remnants of industrial paternalism in Belgium.

The disconcerting authenticity of the site will capture your attention throughout the visit. You'll discover the particularities of life in Bois-du-Luc, its paternalistic policy framing the worker and his family in a subtle game of balance between profitability and social control. This microcosm has seen a succession of workers from around the world, from Flanders to Afghanistan. Your feeling of containment will be satisfied by the ascent of the wooded slag heaps with their breathtaking view of this landscape "Made in Industry".


How to Get There

Bois-du-Luc is located at rue Saint-Patrice 2b in Houdeng-Aimeries between Mons and Charleroi. By car, take the E42/E19 Exit 21 Le Roeulx. You can also reach the site by bus from La Louvière to Bois-du-Luc (Line 37). By train, go the station La Louvière-Centre or La Louvière-Sud and then the bus 37.

When to Visit

Bois-du-Luc is open all year from Monday to Friday from 10.00 -17.00 (last tour departs at 15.00). From 1 May to 31 October it is also open on weekends and public holidays 10.00 - 18.00 (last tour departs at 16.00) and every weekend in November. Closed from 24 December to 4 January inclusive.

How to Visit

The multilingual audio guides (English, Dutch, Italian) let you discover the mining village from its industrial buildings and school through to its hospice, bandstand, workers' houses, workshop courtyard, and the administrative wing of the site with the director's and accountant's offices.

Many World Heritage sites are temporarily closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please check official websites for more information.

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Bois du Luc

Hours

Open all year from Monday to Friday from 10.00 -17.00 (last tour departs at 15.00).

From 1 May to 31 October it is also open on weekends and public holidays 10.00 - 18.00 (last tour departs at 16.00) and every weekend in November.

Closed from 24 December to 4 January inclusive.

Pricing

Individuals:
Adults: 8 € (+1 € for the audio guide)
60 years: 7 € (+1 € for the audioguide)
Youth (under 18 and students): 5 € (+1 € for the audioguide)
6 years: Free
Family package (2 adults + 2 chikdren): 20 € (+1 € for the audioguide per person)

School groups:
6 € (Free for primary and secondary school students) Guided tour and/or animation: 60 € for 2h00 (max 25 pers.; 2 € per additional pers.)

Adult groups:
Adults: 6 € + 60 € for the guide (max 25 pers. max/2h00; 2 € per additional pers.)
6 years: Free