Lille is located in the north-west of France close to the Deûle River. This beautiful city has rich and diverse culture. There’s a wonderful blend of traditional and modern influences here. The stunning old town is home to some truly fantastic buildings and gorgeous architecture as well as three of the city’s museums. For those who enjoy an afternoon of luxury shopping, Lille is a city that won’t disappoint. Home to an array of exquisite boutiques and designer stores, there’s plenty for those who love nothing more than some retail therapy. As in most French cities, foodies will have the opportunity to indulge in the world-class traditional and modern cuisine. The city is home to many cafes, bars and quirky eateries.
Lille has plenty of narrow and cobbled streets so a hatchback is perfect for negotiating the urban centre and parking in tight spaces.
Driving in Lille
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Important things to note
The centre of Lille can be difficult to navigate. Take care to either plan your trip beforehand or take care to follow the signs for ‘Centre Ville’.
Parking in the city centre can be problematic. It’s advisable to park at the Champ de Mars and take a bus into the city centre.
Take care to observe local parking regulations, particularly on-street parking regulations. Note that a continuous yellow line on the kerb indicates that parking and stopping is illegal.
Highlights & Hotspots
Art lovers will have plenty to explore here. The Musée des Beaux-Arts is Lille’s most famous art museum with a large collection of works spanning as far back as the 15th Century. To explore what’s going on in the contemporary art world, head to Musée d’Art Moderne Lille-Métropole which is home to works by the masters such as Braque and Modigliani.
For a taste of the city’s fascinating history, head to the old town (Vieux Lille). Home to a variety of fantastically restored buildings, the charming old town evokes a rich sense of the city’s past. You can easily spend an afternoon wandering the old streets lined with quirky boutiques and charming cafes, art galleries and restaurants.
Head to the extraordinary citadel situated at the end of Boulevard de la Liberté and discover the city within a city. This star-shaped fortress is a fine example of French architecture and is still used by the military today.
If you’re visiting the city during early September then you’ll be able to enjoy the fantastic Braderie de Lille. This huge street fair has numerous markets with vendors selling everything from paintings and antiques, to furniture and other knick-knacks.
Lille Airport is located approximately seven miles from Lille city centre, which is roughly a 15-minute drive along the A1.
You can also get to Lille on the Eurostar with trains departing from London St Pancras station. The Eurostar station at Lille Europe is located a short distance from the main city square.
The SNCF offers services throughout France as well as local public transport including the M√©tro, trams and bus services.