Visit Lille

With a history spanning more than 10 centuries, Lille is reputed around the world for its diversity, dynamism and welcoming atmosphere.

Nicknamed the “Capital of Flanders”, Lille closely neighbours Belgium. A former garrison town, Lille’s history is one of great upheaval: it was France’s most besieged city between the Middle Ages and the French Revolution!

A merchant town since its foundation and a manufacturing centre since the 16th century, Lille became a major industrial hub during the industrial revolution, primarily in the fields of metallurgy, chemicals and, first and foremost, textiles.

Deeply affected by the industrial crisis of the 1970s and 1980s, Lille nonetheless succeeded in regenerating its economy through the development of new business and cultural districts, while regaining its charm thanks to an ambitious policy of heritage restoration.

In 2004, this shrewd blend of authentic architectural treasures and modern structures led the city to be named both “City of Art and History” and “European Capital of Culture”.

Also classed as a “Centre for Tourism”, each year Lille plays host to hundreds of thousands of visitors eager to enjoy its cultural vibrancy. It certainly isn’t short of entertainment! From visits to monuments and historical sites, to museums and one-off events, there is something for everyone in the city.

  • Euralille

    Euralille

    Euralille

  • Hospice Comtesse

    Hospice Comtesse

    Hospice Comtesse

  • Jardin Porte de Paris

    Jardin Porte de Paris

    Jardin Porte de Paris

  • Opéra de Lille

    Opéra de Lille

    Opéra de Lille

  • Citadelle Vauban

    Citadelle Vauban

    Citadelle Vauban

  • Grand Place

    Grand Place

    Grand Place

  • Porte de Gand

    Porte de Gand

    Porte de Gand

  • Porte de Paris

    Porte de Paris

    Porte de Paris

  • Porte de Paris

    Porte de Paris

    Porte de Paris

  • Vieille Bourse

    Vieille Bourse

    Vieille Bourse

  • Beffroi de Lille

    Beffroi de Lille

    Beffroi de Lille

  • Beffroi

    Beffroi

    Beffroi

  • Palais des Beaux Arts

    Palais des Beaux Arts

    Palais des Beaux Arts

  • Maison Native du Général de Gaulle

    Maison Native du Général de Gaulle

    Maison Native du Général de Gaulle

  • Notre Dame de la Treille

    Notre Dame de la Treille

    Notre Dame de la Treille

  • Vieille Bourse

    Vieille Bourse

    Vieille Bourse

  • Vieux Lille

    Vieux Lille

    Vieux Lille