Lille Culture

Place to See…

  • The Palais Rihour (place Rihour)
  • The Tourist Office is opened everyday (except January 1st, May 1st and December 25th). From Monday to Saturday from 09 am to 06 pm, on Sunday and public holiday from 10 am to 12 pm and from 02 pm to 05 pm.

  • The Grand Place
  • Its official name was established by General de Gaulle, in tribute to the « great Charles » in Lille in 1890.

  • The Vieille Bourse (Old Stock Exchange)
  • This is undoubtedly the most beautiful monument of the city.

  • The Column of the Goddess 
Standing in the middle of the Grand Place.
  • The Opera
  • In the minds of those built by Charles Garnier in Paris and Monte Carlo.
    Apart from performances, the Opera can be visited through open day, concerts and tours with the Board of Tourism.

  • The Old Lille
  • The most picturesque district of the city between the Grand Place and Notre Dame de la Treille

  • The Notre Dame de la Treille Cathedral
  • The Town Hall and the Belfry
  • The Town Hall’s belfry is listed at the World Heritage Site (UNESCO).
    Opened for tours with free audio guide and binoculars, from Wednesday to Sunday from 10.30 am to 01 pm and from 02 pm to 07 pm (05 pm from November to March and 06.00 pm in April, May and October). Information from the Board of Tourism offices.

  • The Citadel
  • Built from 1667 to 1670 by order of Louis XIV who had just conquered the city.

  • Euralille
  • The central sector of Euralille revolves around the Lille Europe TGV Station. The futuristic lines of this “new part of the town” became the symbol of the transformation of old industrial town in the metropolitan tertiary.

  • The Saint-Sauveur Train Station (boulevard Jean-Baptiste Lebas)
  • Inaugurated in March 2009, the Saint-Sauveur Train Station is an old disused railway yard in 2003.
    It now hosts exhibitions, concerts, club nights.

    The main museums (In the heart of the Vieux-Lille):

  • The Palais des Beaux-arts (Palais of Fine Arts).
  • By the size of its permanent collections, the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Lille is considered as the second general museum in France, just after the Louvre.

  • The hospice Comtesse or Hospice Notre-Dame.
  • The Museum of Natural History
  • Charles de Gaulle’s birth place and museum
  • La Piscine, Museum of Art and Industry André Diligent
  • Lille Modern Art Museum in Villeneuve d’Ascq (ex-Museum of Modern Arts)