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Discover this vibrant city from this 3-star hotel ideally located on the great Flemish square in the heart of Lille, with superb art collections at the Musée d’Art Moderne and the Palais des Beaux Arts, or shopping in the Euralille retail complex

Type of Holiday: Lille, City Breaks

From £128pp based on two people sharing

Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Departures: Various departures from March-October
Start point: Lille
End point: Lille

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Details of Short Break in Lille

Lille has quickly become one of Europe's most dynamic and interesting cities, and a great choice for a weekend away on the Eurostar. Whether amongst the crowds in the Grand'Place on your way to the wonderful Vieille Bourse, admiring the superb art collections at the Musée d'Art Moderne and the Palais des Beaux Arts, or shopping in the futuristic Euralille retail complex, you will love the vibrancy and culture.

Despite Lille's modernity, its traditional restaurants and bistros still remain in the alleyways and small squares of the old town; indeed, you can enjoy some of the best cuisine in northern France here. Whatever your interest – art, architecture, gastronomy or shopping – Lille, France’s fifth largest city, has something for everyone.

Lille’s focal point, lined with gabled, Flemish-style mansions and pavement cafés, is the Grand’Place. The east side of the square is dominated by one of Lille’s greatest landmarks, the lavishly ornate Vieille Bourse (old Stock Exchange), a blend of Flemish and French influences whose arcaded central courtyard now houses flower and book stalls. In the adjacent square, the Place du Théâtre, are examples of Flemish Renaissance architecture with Baroque flourishes as well as another landmark, the Opéra, boasting a beautifully sculpted façade. North of these two great squares stretches the Old Quarter (Vieux Lille), an intriguing and atmospheric maze of cobbled streets and alleys lined with red-brick terraced buildings that house restaurants, bistros and chic boutiques. Within this labyrinth are the cathedral, with its unusual translucent marble façade completed in 1999, and the house in which Charles de Gaulle was born, now a museum dedicated to his life. All of these sites can be reached on foot – one of Lille’s many charms – as can the superbly preserved, star-shaped citadel.

For reviews of this trip, see: Reviews of Short City Break in Lille

What price includes

  • 2 nights' B&B accommodation
  • high quality, city centre hotel
  • detailed destination notes
  • no travel included
  • visit fascinating WWI sites
  • choose from wide range of restaurants and cafes



Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
Grand Hotel Bellevue, Lille

Nearest train station to meeting point:
Lille Europe

Transfer to meeting point:
Guests make their own way to meeting point
We suggest taking a taxi to the hotel

How to get there:
Train from London to Lille

Plan your journey by train to Lille

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
Grand Hotel Bellevue, Lille

Nearest train station to finish point:
Lille Europe

Transfer to finish point:
Guests make their own way to station
We suggest taking a taxi to the railway station

How to get back:
Train from Lille to London

Plan your return train journey from Lille