Lille

Travel Guide
Lille showing a fountain, a square or plaza and outdoor art

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

Hotel RBX - Roubaix Centre
Hotel RBX - Roubaix Centre
2 out of 5
The price is £45 per night from 23 Sep to 23 Sep
This family-friendly Roubaix hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Place, André Diligent Museum of Art and Industry and Saint-Martin Catholic Church. French ...
2.9/5 (9 reviews)
Les règles et valeurs
"Par la même personne à l'accueil, plusieurs fois, très bien accueilli sympa pour commencer un bon séjour"

Reviewed on 5 Aug 2021

Hotel RBX - Roubaix Centre
CALM Appart' & Hostel
CALM Appart' & Hostel
3 out of 5
The price is £64 per night from 24 Sep to 24 Sep
Located in Lille Centre Ville, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Euralille, Opera House and Old Stock Exchange. Rihour Square and Lille Grand Square ...
4.3/5Excellent! (422 reviews)
Comfortable stay
"Very clean and comfortable, lots of space to stow luggage. A separate dining table and office desk very handy. The kitchenette comes with 2x cermaic hob, a small fridge, kitchen sink and microwave. Basic utentils and dining ware. No knives nor chopping board - a disappointment The bathroom is a bit ..."

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

CALM Appart' & Hostel
Hotel Lille Europe
Hotel Lille Europe
3 out of 5
Avenue Le Corbusier, Allée de Liege, Lille, Nord
The price is £54 per night from 24 Sep to 24 Sep
Located in the heart of Lille, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of L'Aeronef and Euralille. Casino Barriere Lille and Zenith Arena Concert Hall are also ...
4.1/5Very Good! (910 reviews)
"Almost everything was fine... very small window in the room. Small toilet. The towel smells not good."

Reviewed on 3 Apr 2021

Hotel Lille Europe
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Residhotel Lille Vauban
Residhotel Lille Vauban
3 out of 5
The price is £46 per night from 26 Sep to 26 Sep
Located in Vauban - Wazemmes, this residence is within 2 miles (3 km) of Wazemmes Covered Market, Euralille and Zenith Arena Concert Hall. Lille Grand Palais ...
4.3/5Excellent! (281 reviews)
"Nice and cozy,"

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2020

Residhotel Lille Vauban
CALM Appart' & Hostel
CALM Appart' & Hostel
3 out of 5
The price is £64 per night from 24 Sep to 24 Sep
Located in Lille Centre Ville, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Euralille, Opera House and Old Stock Exchange. Rihour Square and Lille Grand Square ...
4.3/5Excellent! (422 reviews)
Comfortable stay
"Very clean and comfortable, lots of space to stow luggage. A separate dining table and office desk very handy. The kitchenette comes with 2x cermaic hob, a small fridge, kitchen sink and microwave. Basic utentils and dining ware. No knives nor chopping board - a disappointment The bathroom is a bit ..."

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

CALM Appart' & Hostel
Olivarius Apart'Hotel
Olivarius Apart'Hotel
3 out of 5
Parc Haute Borne 6, avenue Halley, Villeneuve-d'Ascq
The price is £58 per night from 24 Sep to 24 Sep
Located in Haute-Borne, this golf residence is within 1 mile (2 km) of Central School of Lille (Ecole Centrale de Lille) and Lille University of Science and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,381 reviews)
"Nice hotel for a stopover. The rooms were very clean and having the studio with a kitchenette and living area was brilliant. Staff were very friendly and the bed was extremely comfortable. The only suggestion for improvement is that they have a bit more choice in their in-hotel shop, rather than ..."

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2021

Olivarius Apart'Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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