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LilleFrance

Lille is a historic city with a surprisingly modern side. An incomparable atmosphere, somewhere between a traditional northern town and a modern-day powerhouse.

The residents of Lille are proud of their city and look after it well: the architecture of the old town has been superbly restored, bringing out the extraordinary beauty of the 17th century buildings, with their typically Flemish style. You'll enjoy strolling along the lively cobbled streets with their cosy restaurants, where you can enjoy local dishes such as carbonnade à la bière or flamiche au maroilles. When it comes to shopping, remember to pick up some delicious vanilla waffles, some of the famous bêtises de Cambrai or bric-a-brac from Wazemmes market or the famous Braderie de Lille.

The belfry, an iconic northern landmark, will delight you will its unique bells. Then head for the Vieille Bourse of Lille, 24 town houses with famous caryatids, where chess players come to play in front of the square's second-hand booksellers. Over its history, Lille has been Flemish, Burgundian and Spanish, before coming under French control under Louis XIV; this eclecticism can be found everywhere in the city, making it a fascinating place to visit.

If you're interested in the Middle Ages, don't miss the Palais Rihour, a superb remnant of the residence of the Dukes of Burgundy. The Vauban Citadel is also well worth a visit, before going to see the flamboyant Gothic architecture of the Notre Dame de la Treille Cathedral. A visit to the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille museum is a must, with its phenomenal collection of works by Van Dyck, Rubens and Goya. Then jump feet-first into the 21st century by exploring the LaM museum in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, one of the few museums to house collections devoted to art brut, modern art and contemporary art. The maison Cavrois, a modernist gem by the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, is testament to the winds of change that have swept through Lille since the industrial age.

Lille is located between Belgium and Paris and is easy to reach by high-speed train, via Lille Europe station or Lille Flandres station. Lille Lesquin airport is just 6 miles from the centre and the city can be reached via several motorways: A1, A22, A23, A27 and E42.

Where to stay in Lille

Lille showing cbd, signage and shopping

Lille Centre Ville

4/5Very Good!(30 area reviews)

Art galleries, museums and historical sites highlight some notable features of Lille Centre Ville. Make a stop by Zenith Arena Concert Hall or Euralille while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Mairie de Lille Station or Republique Beaux Arts Station to get around town.

Lille Centre Ville
Old Lille, Lille, Nord, France

Old Lille

4.5/5Wonderful!(15 area reviews)

Shopping, historical sites and restaurants are some highlights of Old Lille. Make a stop by Hospice Comtesse or Lille Cathedral while you're exploring.

Old Lille
Lille showing cbd, signage and shopping

Historic Center

4.5/5Wonderful!(79 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Lille Grand Square and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Historic Center. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Rihour Station or Republique Beaux Arts Station.

Historic Center
Vauban - Wazemmes, Lille, Nord, France

Vauban - Wazemmes

3.5/5Good!(10 area reviews)

Vauban - Wazemmes is a destination travellers like for its bars, and you might hop aboard the metro at Wazemmes Station or Gambetta Station to explore sights like Theater Sebastopol.

Vauban - Wazemmes
Wazemmes, Lille, Nord, France

Wazemmes

2/5(1 area review)

The restaurants and monuments are just a few things visitors like about Wazemmes. Theater Sebastopol and Wazemmes Covered Market are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Wazemmes Station or Gambetta Station to get around the larger area.

Wazemmes
Hôtel-de-Ville, Villeneuve-d'Ascq, Nord, France

Hôtel-de-Ville

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

You might enjoy the restaurants on your visit to Hôtel-de-Ville. Visitors recommend a visit to Pierre Mauroy Stadium, and you can get around town on the metro at Villeneuve d'Ascq Hotel de Ville Station.

Hôtel-de-Ville

Top hotels in Lille

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Ibis Lille Centre Grand Palais
Ibis Lille Centre Grand Palais
3 out of 5
The price is £53 per night

Located in Lille Centre Ville, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zenith Arena Concert Hall, Casino Barriere Lille and Lille Grand Palais. Euralille is ...

4.2/5Excellent! (297 reviews)

"Perfect base, 10 minute walk into the old town and shopping areas"…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2019

Ibis Lille Centre Grand Palais
Le Valmy
Le Valmy
7 rue Famelart, Tourcoing
The price is £56 per night

Located in the heart of Tourcoing, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of André Diligent Museum of Art and Industry, Roubaix Hotel de Ville and ...

Le Valmy
Hotel l'Arbre Voyageur, BW Premier Collection
Hotel l'Arbre Voyageur, BW Premier Collection
4 out of 5
45 Boulevard Carnot, Lille, FR
Free cancellation
The price is £87 per night

Located in Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of the Gunners and Euralille. Casino Barriere Lille and Zenith Arena Concert Hall ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (344 reviews)

"Hotel colleagues were very friendly and helpful and the hotel was in a great location. An easy walk straight into the heart of the old town. Definitely stay here again if I ever get back to Lille"…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2020

Hotel l'Arbre Voyageur, BW Premier Collection

Popular places to visit in Lille

Citadel of Lille
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Citadel of Lille

4/5(46 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Lille with a stop at Citadel of Lille. While in this trendy area, find time to visit its shops.

Porte de Paris
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Porte de Paris

4/5(11 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Lille when you stop by Porte de Paris. While in this walkable area, find time to visit its shops.

Old Stock Exchange
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Old Stock Exchange

4.5/5(34 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Lille with a stop at Old Stock Exchange. Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Top things to do in Lille

Lille City Pass
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Lille City Pass

80% of travellers recommend
£22
Per adult
City Center Sightseeing Tour
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City Center Sightseeing Tour

72% of travellers recommend
£13
Per adult
Private City Tour of Lille in a Vintage Citroen 2CV
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Private City Tour of Lille in a Vintage Citroen 2CV

100% of travellers recommend
£35
Per adult
The Atlantic Wall & V1 & V2 Rocket Launching Sites Private Tour
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The Atlantic Wall & V1 & V2 Rocket Launching Sites Private Tour

£550
Per adult
2 day Canadian WW1 tour in the Somme and Flanders
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2 day Canadian WW1 tour in the Somme and Flanders

£881
Per adult
Australian battlefields in Flanders and in the Somme
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Australian battlefields in Flanders and in the Somme

£881
Per adult

Reviews of Lille

4.2

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Feb 2020

Beautiful city, stunning buildings old town in particular is pretty

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Jan 2020

Eurostar goes there

4/5 - Good

Evan

17 Dec 2019

I didn't spend too much time in Lille so it wouldn't be fair to rate it either too good or too bad. From the quick look of the town it seems to be a really nice and quiet and family friendly town.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Dec 2019

Good place to eat many excellent restaurants

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Dec 2019

After you've been, watch 'Les Ch'tis in Lille' from the film 'Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis'. Amazing!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Dec 2019

The Brier bakery just round corner from flat offered lovely brioche for breakfast.

Cities near Lille

Photo "Tourcoing" by Peter17 (CC BY) / Cropped from original

Tourcoing

Villeneuve-d\'Ascq which includes a windmill

Villeneuve-d'Ascq

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