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Art & Design Trips to Lille

Lille is a very popular destination for an art and design trip. It is cosmopolitan and incredibly accessible, making it the perfect place to absorb French culture and visit the city's excellent art galleries and museums.


Popular attractions on a school art trip to Lille include the Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille (Lillie Palace of Fine Arts) which is the second most popular art museum in France, second only to The Louvre.  For contemporary art head to the Museum of Modern Art.  This unique structure houses art work by early 20th century artists including Lewis Baltz, Pablo Picasso and Robert Filliou.  To complement museum visits, the Grand Place and attractive old town provide many sketching and photography opportunities.

Curriculum Topics Key Stage 4 & 5

  • Art, Craft and Design
  • Graphic Communication
  • Textile Design
  • Three Dimensional Design
  • Photography
  • Graphic Communication
  • Textile Design
  • Three Dimensional Design
  • Photography

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Fine Arts Museum

Second only to the Louvre in France, the Fine Arts Museum contains dazzling masterpieces of the Flemish and Dutch school. Its prestigious collection houses some 2,000 paintings representing artists such as Rubens, Raphael, Goya, Donatello and Bout as well as a large collection of drawings and a sculpture gallery with pieces by Rodin, Claudel and Bartholdi.

Museum of the Hospice Comtesse

Located in the heart of Old Lille, the museum is housed in the hospital which was founded in 1237 by the Countess Jeanne de Flandre and which remained in service until 1939. It is now the setting for a collection of paintings, tapestries, wood sculptures and porcelain from the region, thus creating the atmosphere of a 17th century Flemish small convent.

Museum of Modern Art - LaM

The Museum building looks like a construction of Lego bricks set in a leafy sculpture park. It illustrates the amazing diversity and vitality of the French artistic scene in the early part of the 20th century, with works by Derain, Kees Van Dongen, and cubists such as Braque (1862-1963) and Picasso (1881-1973) - who caused a storm of controversy in their day. The collection has international scope, including works by surrealist Miró, Masson, Klee, Kandinsky.

Matisse Museum

Located an hour drive from Lille in the town where Henri Matisse was born this museum is one of France’s relatively unknown but formidable collections of art. It takes you through Matisse's artistic life, giving a proper appreciation of how he came to make those vibrant, colorful, sweeping images in paintings, drawings, sculptures and inspiring paper cut-outs.

Guided Sightseeing Tour of Lille

A sightseeing tour of Lille will offer your group the opportunity to see the city's main attractions. A professional, experienced, English-speaking guide will give an insight into the history and culture of the city and will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Cité Europe

A superb shopping centre that no visitor should miss. With nearly 200 shops, both big and small, you'll find a range of goods and services to satisfy any requirement. When you fancy a break from shopping, you'll be spoilt for choice, with 30 places to eat and drink.

Lille Christmas Market

The Christmas Market in Lille is the largest and oldest in Northern France. It is a great choice for a day trip or overnight stay due to the Eurostar link which gets you to this winter wonderland in less than 2 hours. The festival is held in the Place Rihour in the city centre with over 50 stalls offering a vast range of local products and original gifts. A Ferris wheel turns on the main square, which is transformed into a winter wonderland, dominated by an 18-metre high Christmas tree.

Septentrion Foundation and Vert Blois Castle

The Vert Bois domain at Bondues stretches over 30 hectares. It maintains a cultural current through its temporary shows and the permanent exhibition of its works of art. The castle's 18th-century interiors constitute a real museum of decorative arts, with furniture of outstanding quality, taste and charm. The foundation, the park and castle can be seen throughout the year.

Science Museum and Planetarium

The forum aims to foster the pleasure of discovery in science and technology by setting them in the context of contemporary life. Science without tears through exhibition halls, a cabinet of curiosities, a planetarium and a section for the young.

Day Trip to Paris

A sightseeing tour of Paris will offer the opportunity to see all of the city's main attractions including the Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Sacre Coeur and Notre Dame. An experienced guide will give information on the history of the city and will be able to answer any questions you have.

Day Trip to Bruges

Bruges is a beautifully preserved medieval city. A major port until the 16th century, Bruges’ outlet to the sea silted and trading ceased for 300 years. This extended hibernation period has meant that the city’s historical centre has remained unchanged for centuries. Students can wander the maze of paved streets or take a canal trip to experience the delights of this lovely Flemish city.

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