Lille

Euroventure city guide

Lille

Euroventure city guide

Everything you need to know about Lille

The charming little city of Lille would warm the cockles of even the most hardened traveller! Wander down its winding cobbled streets and you’ll stumble across all manner of old-world architectural gems, from its meandering canalways to the chocolate-box houses of the Old Quarter.

Quick facts

  • Location: Lille, Nord-Pas de Calais region of Northern France
  • Language: French
  • Population of city: 228,652
  • Nearest airport: Lille Lesquin International Airport
  • Main train/bus station(s): Lille Europe & Lille Flandres
  • Best time to visit? May-September are Lille’s warmest months
  • Budget level? ££
  • Best for: City Break, Arty, Museums, Student Scene

Top Attractions

Vieille Bourse

The former Commercial Exchange, built in 1653, still plays a key role in Lille; you will still find market stalls and chess games in the inner courtyard.

Place du Général-de-Gaulle

As the main square in Lille, the ‘Grand palace’ is the site for many events and celebrations. The square is surrounded by historic buildings with the statue of a goddess in the centre.

Main Districts

Central Lille

In Central Lille you will find many of the city’s main sites, including the stunning Grand Place, a popular meeting place with architecture dating back to the 17th Century.

Greater Lille

More towards the suburbs of Lille, you will find former industrial towns Roubaix and Tourcoing. Greater Lille is also home to many of Lille’s museums; here you will find a calmer alternative to the urban atmosphere in central Lille.

Best Culture Spots

La Citadelle

Located slightly further away from the city, the military architecture is in the same area as a zoo and a park.

Musee des Beaux-Arts

Museum celebrating European Art.

Routes

A Selection of Trips and Tours that include Lille