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 Lille

The centre of Lille

Lille French city



It is just over one hours drive about 65 miles from the port of Calais to the city of Lille.

Lille is a large French city close to the Belgium border. My first sight of the city was that of a large traffic jam from several motorways that run around and through the city. I would recommend a sat nav if you are making your first visit by car.


Lille main station


Lille French city station

The photo above shows the high speed train station. Where the eurostar train from London via the channel tunnel arrives.

The trip takes about 1 hour 20 mins and costs from £60 to £100 return. My son who lives in London found it quicker overall than flying.

You only have a short check in time on the train and town centre to town centre.

The old town part of Lille


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Between the two main station is the Euralille a large modern shopping complex.

Or if you prefer old buildings and traffic free streets then head for Rue de la Grande Chaussée. The old street is full of quality shops , restaurants and cafe bars. You can eat out in a restaurant for around £10 The area has many old streets and museums and green areas with riverside walks and also a tramway if you get tired.

Try the Bois de Boulogne it is a large park with a free zoo near the citadelle fort. If you want to go to the markets visit our market page for details

The Zoo is very good it was free when we visited you can find it at Parc de Zoologique Avenue Mathias Delobel 59000. It is about a mile form the city centre. Every September the city holds the largest flea market in Europe.

Grande Place, Bourse du travail et beffroi


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Hotels in Lille


Lille has a good choice of hotels to stay in

Crowne Plaza Lille Hotel

Crowne Plaza hotel lille

The Crowne Plaza Lille-Euralille hotel with its contemporary design, combines top of the range comfort and services. This 4 star hotel offers 121 bright, air conditioned and spacious tastefully decorated rooms with panoramic views.

Our hotel, freshly redecorated is situated in the heart of Lille, its shopping areas, business district, and only walking distance away from the Lille Europe Eurostar train station with easy access to the main highways leading to Paris, Reims, Brussels, Dunkerque and Calais.

The historical and cultural city of Lille also offers entertainment with its Zenith Arena Concert Hall, Casino, and major trade fairs at Lille Grand Palais Exhibition Centre aswell as the International World Trade Centre

Crowne Plaza Hotel Lille


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A short video of the old town centre

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