Lille is a popular tourist destination among Europeans. It's on the London-Lille-Paris Eurostar route, so Lille makes an easy stopover on the way. Click the markers on the map to find out more about Lille attractions and tourist facilities.
Lille is in northern France, on the border with Belgium. Many WWI tours can start in Lille.
For a treat, visit the Citadelle, then the Parc Zoologique de Lille on Avenue Mathias Delobel, Bois de Boulogne, the woods you see on the map that surround the fortress.
Map of Lille, France Showing Tourist Attractions and Train Stations
Lille Travel Toolbox
The historic center of Lille, Vieux Lille, is one of its best attractions. It will give you a distinct Flanders feel even if you're just stopping over. Expect red brick buildings and cobbled lanes--and little restaurants serving that celebrated cuisine you crave. Inside the center you'll find the city museum tucked into the 13th-century Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse, the Cathedrale Notre Dame de la Treille, and the home in which Charles de Gaulle was born. Other attractions in Lille include the fine arts museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Musée des Canonniers, a military museum for those of you interested in Belgian military history.
And if you wish to get a unique view of Lille, you can bump along the cobblestones in a Convertible 2CV.
The City Pass offers free access to public transportation and Lille museums and attractions as will as discounts at some shops and restaurants. Its value to you depends upon how much you want to see in a day, but the convenience of not dealing with paying for each attraction might appeal to you.
The Lille Office of Tourism is in the Palais Rihour at the Place Rihour. It's open 7 days a week throughout the year: - Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm, - on Sundays and bank holidays from 10.00 am to 12.00 am and from 2.00 pm to 5.00pm.
Getting to Lille
From Paris the TGV train takes a little over an hour to arrive at Lille. Local trains and buses take much longer. Its a two hour drive.
From London the Eurostar Train takes an hour and 22 minutes from St. Pancras station to Lille. A drive through the Eurotunnel will take almost three hours.
Where to Stay
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