Tailor-made Trips to Lille

The city of Lille has a vast and rich history and is a popular destination for a school trip. The attractive centre is nestled around the Grand Place and is resplendent with classic French architecture, extensive art collections and is lined with cafes and restaurants with a Flemish atmosphere.

Lille also plays host to the oldest and largest Christmas Market in Northern France and is a great place for your students to experience the unique atmosphere of a European city at Christmas. With the convenience of Eurostar this modern continental city can be reached in less than 2 hours from London, making it ideal for a day trip or overnight stay.

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Reasons to Visit

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.

Cite 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.

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.

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 towns 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-meter high Christmas tree.

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.

Historical Mining Centre

This old mine which at its peak employed 1 000 miners a day producing over 1 000 tons of coal, covers an eight hectare site. The visit includes a video, tour of the mining galleries and a simulated descent into the mineshaft. An old miner's train and commentary given by a former site worker provide transport.

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.

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.

Day Trip to Paris

A sightseeing tour of Paris will offer the opportunity to see all Paris'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.

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.

French Language Lessons

There are excellent opportunities to improve your students language skills during your trip to Lille. We can include French lessons with native speakers to your requirements.

Matisse Museum

Located an hours 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 the artist’s artistic life, giving a proper appreciation of how Matisse came to make those vibrant, colorful, sweeping images in paintings, drawings, sculptures and inspiring paper cut-outs.

'Vieux-Lille’ Guided Tour in French

Stroll around the streets and the squares to discover the heritage, the history and the "art of living" in the town through its main sites and monuments.

Le Marché de Wazemmes

A great place to practice your language skills. With food, flowers, fabrics and exotic products, it's one of the largest markets in France. Colourful, with a "soho" atmosphere, you'll often hear an accordion being played. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 7.00 am to 2.00 pm.

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