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Lille Old Town (Vieux Lille) Tours
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Vieux-Lille—the city’s Old Town—is its most historic quarter, with notable Flemish-style architecture and major landmarks. The area, located just north of the city center, dates back centuries. Come for the history, architecture, and its gourmet food and drink offerings.
The atmospheric Old Town (Vieux-Lille) is rich in 16th- and 17th-century architecture. Walk its cobblestoned streets and see Flemish-influenced, red-brick buildings as you wander. There's no shortage of things to do in the neighborhood that's home to top attractions such as Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille Cathedral, Hospice Comtesse Museum, the Birthplace of Charles de Gaulle, Grand Place, and Vieille Bourse (Old Stock Exchange). For ease, discover history-saturated Vieux-Lille on a walking, biking, or driving tour.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Located just adjacent to the neighborhood, the star-shaped Citadelle de Lille, a hilltop fortification, is a highlight, and is home to a zoo and walking trails.
- Vieux-Lille was once surrounded by fortification walls; venture to the Porte de Gand—a listed Historic Monument—to see one of the area’s centuries-old entryways.
- To admire some of Vieux-Lille’s oldest buildings, head to the neighborhood’s Place aux Oignons (Onions Square) and the surrounding streets.
How to Get There
Located just a quick stroll from Lille’s two major train stations—the Gare de Lille Flandres and Gare de Lille Europe—Vieux-Lille is an easy-to-access neighborhood. It is also served by the Lille Metro, as well as numerous bus lines, including the dedicated Vieux-Lille Shuttle.
When to Get There
There’s never a bad time to visit Vieux-Lille. By day, its historic architecture is picture-perfect and its monuments are ready to explore, while its bars and restaurants come alive after dark.
The Marché du Concert
Want to mingle with locals and see how the Lillois live (and dine)? Venture to the Place du Concert from from early morning to early afternoon on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays to browse its lively, gourmet food market.
Address: Lille, France
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Lille Old Town (Vieux Lille)
Jazz up your visit to Lille with a stylish ride in a vintage 2CV, perfect for first-time visitors to France’s fourth-largest city. Cruise past the top attractions of Old Lille, from Flemish Renaissance buildings to ornate fountains. Your driver doubles as guide, giving you an impressive run-down of the monument-filled center—designated France’s “City of Art and History.” A Champagne break is included.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Price per group of 2-6 persons. Get to know the city in a unique and affordable way, with the Lille City Trail. Use GPS to find the nicest squares, streets and monuments. In the meantime, you play a game and answer questions and do assignments. All on your smartphone. Not a boring guide, but you decide where you start, stop and pause. No reservation needed. You explore the city with our Lille City Trail!
See the highlights of the historic city of Lille during a 1.15hour minibus tour of the city. Pass Lille's main attractions, interspersed with pretty parks and gardens, and learn more about this northern French city from its 11th century beginnings to the modern metropolis.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What's the best way to experience Lille Old Town (Vieux Lille)?
The best ways to experience Lille Old Town (Vieux Lille) are:
- Unique Tour of Lille by Convertible 2CV with Champagne Break
- Self-Guided Walking Tour in Lille
- Lille City Sightseeing Tour
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