Lille _ Vue de la Grand Place © CRTC Hauts-de-France - Stéphanie GheearertLille _ Vue de la Grand Place © CRTC Hauts-de-France - Stéphanie Gheearert
©Lille, Vue de la Grand Place |Hauts-de-France Tourisme - Stéphanie Gheearert

Visit Lille

A change of scenery in a lively and surprising city

From the top of the town hall’s belfry, the whole of Lille is laid before you. It’s a view that stretches from the Porte de Paris, bearing the hallmark of Louis XIV, and runs all the way to the hills of Flanders in Belgium. Back on the ground, you can visit la Grand Place, which is also called Place du Général de Gaulle after the former French leader who was born in Lille. Here, the heroic Goddess is enthroned on a column. You can also visit the nearby Vieille Bourse, the Old Stock Exchange, with its courtyard made up of 24 identical houses that are decorated with coats of arms that recall a time when the wealth of this city was built on commercial trading. Stroll along the sloping cobbled lanes of Lille’s old town and look up to scan the facades of the Flemish-inspired houses. Try to find the lion, which is the symbol of the capital of Flanders, and experience the legendary friendliness of the people of the North.

5 good reasons to visit

Reason n°1

It’s easy to visit – only a 90-minutes direct train journey from London

Reason n°2

Le Palais des Beaux-Arts and Les Maisons Folies for culture and art

Reason n°3

Warm and friendly streets brimming with lively restaurants, cafés and designers from Hauts-de-France

Reason n°4

The unmissable Braderie de Lille is a famous street market that takes place the first weekend of September. It’s an institution!

Reason n°5

A local cuisine that’s full of flavours to enjoy with friends or family

In the words of Charles de Gaulle…

“For us, people of Lille, it is the truth that counts, not the frills and fripperies.”

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©Lille, Street Art, Charles de Gaulle
Charles de Gaulle

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