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Lille City Tour

1. Lille City Tour

What could be nicer than to tour the city comfortably seated in a minibus? This is the perfect way to discover Lille in 75 minutes. Equipped with an audiovisual system in 9 languages (French, English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Russian), this city tour by bus offers views of the city’s main sites and monuments, from its origins to the most modern districts. Admire the Goddess statue as you drive past the Place du Général de Gaulle (Grand Place) and see the Opera House, the Chamber of Commerce and the Beauregard Row at the Place du Théâtre. Of course, you will also drive past the Townhall with its Belfry, the Citadel and the Old Paris Gate.

Vieux Lille 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

2. Vieux Lille 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Visit Lille's most charming district and admire its architecture, shops, and museums on a 2-hour guided walk. Learn about the old town's heritage and history from your guide as you pass Vieux Lille's landmarks and monuments. Some of the attractions you’ll see include the Palais Rihour, the main square, the Old Stock Exchange, the Opera House, the Chamber of Commerce, and Notre-Dame de la Treille Cathedral. The tour will conclude near the Hospice Comtesse. Founded in 1237 by Jeanne de Flandre, the Hospice features a display of works from Lille's past including objects from everyday life, wooden sculptures, earthenware, furniture, and paintings.

Lille Driving Tour by Convertible Citroen 2CV

3. Lille Driving Tour by Convertible Citroen 2CV

Take a retro guided tour of the beautiful city of Lille on board an iconic Citroen 2CV, as idiosyncratically French as a beret or baguette. Tours can vary from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours, with room for up to 3 passengers. Riding in the famous car, feel the vroom-vroom of its tiny engine (2CV literally means "2 tax horsepower"). Lean over at every bend in the road and enjoy the vintage upholstery. If the weather’s right, you’ll tackle the cobbled streets with the roof rolled back and the wind in your hair. Your driver-guide will tell anecdotes about the city at every nook and cranny en route, and they'll advise you on the best places to go when you’ve regained your street legs. Lille is an ideal city to tour in a 2CV; the streets are narrow, and though the cobbles might shake and rattle your bones a bit, you'll feel every part a native.

Lille's City Pass: 24 or 48 Hours

4. Lille's City Pass: 24 or 48 Hours

Explore the must-see monuments of Lille, one of the most cultural cities in France, with the Lille City Pass. Ride in a convertible bus and visit the Fine Arts Museum of Lille, the Piscine-Museum of Art and Industry in Roubaix, the LaM in Villeneuve d'Ascq, the Museum of Charles de Gaulle's birthplace, and many more places! Take advantage of free visits to the tourist sites of Lille for 24, 48, or 72 hours and receive free, unlimited use of Lille's metropolitan public transport network (metro, bus, tram). Enjoy your visit without the stress of purchasing tickets for the hottest attractions and transportation. The Lille City Pass will relieve your worries and allow you to focus on the fun part of traveling. Not only will it save you time but also money. Enjoy access to the following sites: Fine Arts:Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille La Piscine, Musée d'Art et d'Industrie André Diligent - Roubaix MUba Eugène Leroy - Tourcoing Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains - Tourcoing LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain, d'art brut - Villeneuve d'Ascq Science and Discoveries:Musée d'Histoire Naturelle - Lille Musée de l'Institut Pasteur de Lille - Lille La Manufacture, musée de la mémoire et de la création textile - RoubaixForum départemental des Sciences - Villeneuve d'Ascq  History and Traditions:Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse - Lille Maison natale Charles de Gaulle - Lille Musée des Canonniers Sédentaires de LilleL'Institut du monde arabe - TourcoingLa Condition Publique - RoubaixMaison Folie Hospice d'Havré - Tourcoing Musée des Moulins - Villeneuve d'AscqMusée des Arts et Traditions Populaires - Wattrelos Musée de la Résistance - Bondues Musée de la Bataille de FromellesFort de Seclin  Listed sites:Villa Cavrois - Croix Beffroi de l'hôtel de ville de Lille Beffroi d'Armentières  Natural areas:Mosaïc, le Jardin des Cultures - Houplin Ancoisne Les Près du Hem - Armentières Musée de Plein Air - Villeneuve d'Ascq 

Lille Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

5. Lille Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Discover the highlights of Lille with an immersive smartphone app on this self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour. Walk around the city solving location-based riddles and puzzles, and learn about each attraction along the way. See 10 of the most important landmarks of Lille. Uncover clues at each attraction to get to the next point. Visit the Republic square, explore the narrow streets, admire medieval gates like Porte De Paris and feel the vibes of La Vieille Bourse. Receive interesting facts and information about the places you visit through the app. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to finish the game. A challenging puzzle awaits you at the exterior of each attraction. You can pause or resume the tour whenever you want. Explore the city at your own pace and stop to click pictures on the way. Feel the thrill as you crack each clue and hop from one landmark to another. Start your tour at the imposing Beffroi de Lille, a symbol of the city! Visit the iconic Porte de Paris. Photograph the Palais des Beaux Arts and its unique exhibits, and admire the unrivaled Republic Square. The Gothic Paroisse Saint Maurice will leave you speechless. Then the Lille War Memorial awaits you with heavy symbolism, don't forget to take pictures. The historical Pl. du Général de Gaulle will leave you speechless with its beauty. The architecturally excellent La Vieille Bourse is worth your time and the space on your mobile memory. One of the symbols of the city, the Beffroi de la Chambre de Commerce will be your next step, while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille, it will surprise you with its beautiful but and its strange architecture!

Lille: Town Hall Belfry Entry Ticket

6. Lille: Town Hall Belfry Entry Ticket

Make your way to the Town Hall Belfry in the historic heart of Lille, and then climb to the top of the UNESCO World Heritage Site for spectacular views of the city and its surroundings.  Dominating the skyline with its typically Flemish gables, the Art Deco building is an icon of Lille and offers views from the city's highest point. Climb the first 100 steps, from where you can take the lift to the top, or carry on walking if you are feeling brave! Experience Lille from a different perspective as you look across at monuments such as the Grand Place with its Column of the Goddess. On a clear day you can see as far as the mountains of Flanders and the valley of the River Lys. Take in the city as it sprawls beneath your feet and get a unique look at the new multi-use stadium of the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Lille: 2-Hour Segway Tour

7. Lille: 2-Hour Segway Tour

Choose to start your 2-hour Segway tour of Lille by getting picked up from your accommodation or meeting your guide at the starting point. Wander along the walls of the well-preserved Citadelle and get acquainted with 17th-century military architecture. Then, head to the heart of the Old Town and soak in the elegant atmosphere of "le Vieux-Lille" in front of the neo-Gothic Notre-Dame de la Treille. From there, wander on to reach the oldest monument in Lille: the Hospice Comtesse. Originally used as a hospital, the Hospice Comtesse today hosts a historical museum that immerses you in the lifestyle and historical events of previous centuries. Next, ride along the Rue de Gand, taking time to appreciate its collection of typical "estaminets" (combination cafe-pub-restaurants). Leap back into the 21st century with a stop in Euralille, the modern commercial center that shows how the capital city of Flanders has changed with the times. Finally, arrive at La Place du Théâtre and La Grand Place to check out the Opera and the famous Vieille Bourse, the old stock exchange that stands today as one of the city's most important monuments.

Lille: Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided City Highlights Tour

8. Lille: Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided City Highlights Tour

Get to know Lille at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the “Grand place”, “Palais Rihour”, “îlot Comtesse”, “Place Aux Oignons” and many more! After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to “The Grand'Place” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the “Maison Méert”. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

Lille: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone Tour

9. Lille: City Introduction Self-Guided Phone Tour

The ideal first visit of the city! Do you want to learn interesting information about 10+ of the most important attractions in the city, discover hidden locations, read incredible legends(This is not an audio tour) and walk a magical and relaxing route? Do you want an accessible, easy and interactive way to explore Lille? This self-guided mobile walking tour might be perfect for you. Grab the opportunity to explore Lille in at least 10 locations that every person would like to have in their memory. There is no schedule, you can attend the tour any day you want, any time you wish, you can do it in snippets, taking a break for food, shopping or anything else you can think of, you can even close the app and continue another day, the tour will be there waiting for you. The most important thing? It's a completely private activity, as the app offers you the uniqueness and privacy of your mobile phone. Additionally, you'll learn about stories and urban legends associated with the city or monuments you visit. The trails you follow are unique, and will not bore you, but will in themselves direct you to explore other "treasures" such as small scenic paths or enchanting but unknown squares. Enjoy the tour in your language. The integration with google maps will make sure that you will never get lost! You can join with friends, alone, with your family, or with your partners and learn about the city as you wander around. Start your tour at the imposing Beffroi de Lille, a symbol of the city! Visit the iconic Porte de Paris. Photograph the Palais des Beaux Arts and its unique exhibits, and admire the unrivaled Republic Square. The Gothic Paroisse Saint Maurice will leave you speechless. Then the Lille War Memorial awaits you with heavy symbolism, don't forget to take pictures. The historical Pl. du Général de Gaulle will leave you speechless with its beauty. The architecturally excellent La Vieille Bourse is worth your time and the space on your mobile memory. One of the symbols of the city, the Beffroi de la Chambre de Commerce will be your next step, while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille(where the tour ends), it will surprise you with its beautiful but and its strange architecture! Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. You will receive a serial key via SMS , What’s app and email in order to login. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Lille: Escape Tour - Self-Guided City Game

10. Lille: Escape Tour - Self-Guided City Game

Paul Gachet was a well-known doctor in Lille and he has helped many sick with his knowledge as a chief physician. But Gachet always had a dream: he wanted to make art. While trading this art he made a big enemy and had to flee from Lille. Gachet heard stories about a secret exit, so he quickly starts looking for it. Will you help him escape? Choose your starting time with your teammates, beginning at anytime day or night. Make your way across the city, checking off tasks to find all the clues you need to reach the secret passage. As you search for clues, marvel at the beautiful sights of the town. Walk past the beautiful cathedral, wander through the lovely streets and keep an eye out for the many historic buildings in the city center. Work quickly, and you and your team could set the record for the fastest tour. Good luck!

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What people are saying about Lille

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 967 reviews

Take a good look beforehand at what you are entitled to, such as the guided tour of the old town which is included in the city pass and which I had reserved and paid for in parallel. Very practical otherwise and a lot of visits included. However, you must reserve them and collect the tickets at the tourist office beforehand.

Thank you very much, we really enjoyed our tour - loads of interesting info, a lot of covered from ancient times to the modern life. We've seen Lille from a different angle and it was great. It is absolutely the best way to explore the city. Definitely recommend

Very nice visit of the city to discover the history of the construction of this city. A charming guide with a lot of enthusiasm. great visit to discover the old town.

The guide is excellent and very attentive to the participants. We learned a lot of specific facts about the city of Lille. Big thanks to her from the Lyonnaises

Very interesting visit which allows in two hours to better understand the city and not to miss anything.