Lille Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Lille

Lille is an adorable French city with a distinct history and culture. The landmarks presented in this tour will certainly catch your eye, enrich your senses and leave you with good memories of the city. Discover Lille’s best attractions in this orientation walk.
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Lille Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Lille Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: France » Lille (See other walking tours in Lille)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Author: rose
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille
  • Porte de Paris
  • Beffroi de la Mairie de Lille
  • Église Saint-Maurice de Lille
  • La Rue de Béthune
  • Vieille Bourse
  • Column of the Goddess
  • Place du Général-de-Gaulle
  • Lille Cathedral
  • Hospice Comtesse Museum
  • Église Sainte-Catherine de Lille
  • Citadel of Lille
Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille

1) Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille (must see)

The Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille is one of the largest museums in France. It was one of the first museums, established under the instructions of Napoleon I at the beginning of the 19th century as part of the popularisation of art. The museum opened in 1809 and was initially housed in a church, before being transferred to the city's town hall. In 1866, the "musée Wicar", formed from the collection of Jean-Baptiste Wicar, was merged into the Palais des Beaux-Arts.

Construction of the Palais's current Belle Époque style building began in 1885 and it was completed in 1892. At the start of the 1990s, the building's poor state and the moving of Vauban's relief models of fortified towns to Lille forced the town to renovate the building. Work began in 1991 and was completed in 1997. Overall the museum covers 22000 square meters, the second largest collection in France after the Louvre. Its sculptures, paintings, drawings, ceramics and so on include works by Raphael, Donatello, Van Dyck, Tissot, Jordaens, Rembrandt, Goya, El Greco, David, Corot, Courbet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Delacroix, Rubens, Rodin, Claudel and Jean-Baptiste Chardin.

Operation hours: Monday: 2 pm - 6 pm; Wednesday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Porte de Paris

2) Porte de Paris (must see)

Porte de Paris was built between 1685 and 1692 and was listed as an historic monument in 1865. When Louis XIV captured Lille, he ordered a huge triumphal arch to be built in honor of his victory. This gate was the entrance to Lille for some time. It is decorated with statues of Mars and Hercules, symbols of war and power.
Beffroi de la Mairie de Lille

3) Beffroi de la Mairie de Lille (must see)

Designed by architect Emile Dubuisson, this city hall and its belfry were established in 1932. The belfry is 101 meters high and symbolizes Lille’s commitment to peace, faith in good work and the pride of Flanders. It was listed as an historic monument in 2002. The building is a magnificent piece of Art-Deco magic.
Église Saint-Maurice de Lille

4) Église Saint-Maurice de Lille (must see)

Construction of the Gothic style Église Saint-Maurice, located in the central part of the city, began at the end of the 14th century. Restoration of this beautiful Roman Catholic church was done by architect Philippe Cannissié in the 19th century. It was made an historic national monument in 1914.
La Rue de Béthune

5) La Rue de Béthune

The street is an urban public road of the commune of Lille, in the department of the North, in France. An exclusive pedestrian street in the city center, it is the main shopping street of the city.
Vieille Bourse

6) Vieille Bourse (must see)

Vieille Bourse was built between 1652 and 1653. The tradesmen and stockbrokers of Lille needed a place to meet, so they convinced the king to open this stock exchange. It has become a famous historic monument and has been renovated numerous times. The emblem of the Bourse is a statue of Mercury, the God of Commerce.
Column of the Goddess

7) Column of the Goddess

Column of the Goddess is the popular name given by the citizens of Lille to the Memorial of the Siege of 1792. The memorial sits in the center of the city's main square. The siege of September 1792 was a battle fought during the French Revolutionary War and is considered a major event in the city's history, despite its relatively low military significance on a wider scale. Hyacinthe Jadin composed Marche du Siège de Lille in 1792. Fifty years later, the local authorities decided on the building of a memorial, and began in September 1842. The memorial consists of a column topped by a statue. The column was designed by architect, Charles Benvignat, while the statue was sculpted by Théophile Bra as an allegory of the besieged city wearing a mural crown.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Place du Général-de-Gaulle

8) Place du Général-de-Gaulle (must see)

Place du Général-de-Gaulle, an historical site, is the city’s main square. This large square is surrounded by Flemish style houses, restaurants and cafes. There is the Column of the Goddess and a fountain in the center of the square. It is usually crowded with many people coming to relax, shop and eat.
Lille Cathedral

9) Lille Cathedral (must see)

Lille Cathedral, or Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille de Lille, a national monument, has been the seat of the Bishop of Lille since the founding of the diocese in 1913. Its construction began in 1854, taking its name from a 12th century statue of the Virgin Mary.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Hospice Comtesse Museum

10) Hospice Comtesse Museum (must see)

This museum is located in the former Comtesse Hospital and named after its founder. During the French Revolution it was used as a hospice for the elderly. Georges-Henri Riviere established it as a museum in 1969. Its interior is reminiscent of a 16th century Flemish house, displaying Flemish and northern French paintings, tapestries and local silverware.

Operation hours: Monday: 2 pm - 6 pm; Wednesday - Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
Église Sainte-Catherine de Lille

11) Église Sainte-Catherine de Lille

Église Sainte-Catherine de Lille, a Roman Catholic church dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria, was listed as an historical monument in 1991. Construction began in 1485 and was finished in 1727. It features windows designed by Henri Evaldre and wooden furniture from the 19th century.
Citadel of Lille

12) Citadel of Lille (must see)

The Citadel of Lille is a pentagon-shaped fortress built into Lille’s city wall around 1668. It houses France’s Corps de Réaction Rapide. Dubbed "Queen of the Citadels" (Reine des Citadelles) by Vauban, it is one of his most notable designs. It was part of a double line of fortified towns, including Gravelines, Dunkirk and Maubeuge-Rocroi, the famous pré carré (square field), conceived by Vauban, comprising 28 fortified cities.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Lille, France

Create Your Own Walk in Lille

Create Your Own Walk in Lille

Creating your own self-guided walk in Lille is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Lille's Modern Architecture Walking Tour

Lille's Modern Architecture Walking Tour

Lille boasts many beautiful modern buildings. The main characteristics of Lille’s modern architecture are glass façades and elegant overhanging structures. Take this tour to discover the best in Lille’s modern architecture.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Lille's Historical Churches

Lille's Historical Churches

Most of Lille’s churches are Roman Catholic, many of them historical monuments and have splendid architecture and magnificent interiors that will definitely catch your eye. Don’t hesitate to take this tour to discover Lille’s wonderful historic churches.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles
Historic Architecture Walking Tour

Historic Architecture Walking Tour

Lille historic architecture differs slightly from the architecture of other French cities. Being a northern French city, it contains many Flemish style buildings and red brick structures, which are uncommon in France. Lille boasts many stunning and unique buildings of varying design. Discover the magnificent flavor of Lille’s architecture in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Museums and Art Galleries

Museums and Art Galleries

Lille is home to great museums and art galleries that reveal its rich culture and history. It boasts Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, one of the largest museums in France, and the Charles de Gaulle Birthplace Museum. Don’t hesitate to spend a few hours touring Lille's magnificent museums and galleries.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles