Lille tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: The renaissance of Lille over the last 20 years has transformed an industrial town into one of the most rewarding cities in northern France to vist

Lille is situated in the Nord department and Hauts-de-France region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Lille. For detailed visitor information see the Lille travel guide.

Tourist classifications for Lille include "secteur sauvegarde", "town of art and history" and "zoo or wildlife park". It is unusual for a town to have 3 awards, which indicates how important Lille is as a tourist destination!

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Lille in Hauts-de-France.

Popular places to visit nearby include Douai at 29 km and Saint-Amand-les-Eaux at 33 km.

Lille, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



at 10 km (direction east-north-east)

Although its not a major tourist destination, the centre of the large...

See Roubaix guide


at 29 km (direction south)

Douai has a pleasant old town and one of the most impressive...

See Douai guide


at 33 km (direction east-south-east)

Established as a spa centre for more than 2000 years, it is...

See Saint-Amand-les-Eaux guide
Arras Carriere Wellington

Arras Carriere Wellington

Monument at 44 km (direction south-west), in the Pas-de-Calais department

The Carrière Wellington museum in Arras is a series of tunnels that...

See Arras Carriere Wellington guide


at 45 km (direction west-north-west)

The town of Cassel is built on the highest hill in the...

See Cassel guide


at 45 km (direction south-west), in the Pas-de-Calais department

The belfry and the large number of baroque style houses make the...

See Arras guide


at 47 km (direction west), in the Pas-de-Calais department

Now officially listed as a 'recommended detour' town, the highlight in Aire-sur-la-Lys...

See Aire-sur-la-Lys guide


at 53 km (direction west-north-west)

At Esquelbec you can admire the Flemand style town centre with its...

See Esquelbecq guide
Le Quesnoy

Le Quesnoy

at 59 km (direction south-east)

Le Quesnoy is best known for the promenade around the impressive ramparts...

See Le Quesnoy guide
Forest of Mormal

Forest of Mormal

at 68 km (direction east-south-east)

Mormal forest is the largest forest in the region and has hundreds...

See Forest of Mormal guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Nord

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Map of places to visit near Lille


Markets in and near Lille

  • Haubourdin: market Friday (6km)
  • Croix: market Wednesday & Sunday & Saturday (8km)
  • Hem: market Saturday (9km)
  • Cysoing: market Tuesday & Sunday (13km)
  • Armentieres: market Friday (14km)
  • Comines: market Monday (15km)
  • Annoeullin: market Tuesday (15km)
  • Halluin: market Saturday (17km)
  • Carvin: market Saturday (18km)
  • Libercourt: market Thursday (18km)

More information about Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Tourist attractions near Lille, France

What to do at Lille? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Lille.

Heritage sites

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Scarpe-Escaut (34km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Cathédrale Notre Dame de La Treille (Lille) (0km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Le parc Barbieux (8km)
  • Le jardin du Manoir-aux-Loups (17km)
  • La ferme du mont des Récollets (45km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Réserve naturelle du Jardin écologique du Vieux-Lille (2km)
  • Les Prés du Hem (15km)
  • Réserve naturelle régionale du Marais de Wagnonville (27km)
  • Réserve naturelle régionale du Pré des Nonnettes (28km)
  • Réserve naturelle régionale de la Tourbière de Vred (30km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Wattignies (5km)
  • Wasquehal (6km)
  • Tourcoing (12km)
  • Mastaing (41km)

Geography and distances

Lille is in the north-east of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Nord department (general information: Lille is 204 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Lille

Canton: Lille

Arrondissement: Lille

Department: Nord

Region: Nord-Pas-de-Calais

New region: Hauts-de-France

Postcode: 59000

Distance to Lille

from Lille (prefecture): 0 km

from Paris: 204 km

from Calais: 92 km

from Nice: 833 km

from Bordeaux: 700 km

from Strasbourg: 407 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Lille from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 18 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Emmerin, Faches-Thumesnil, Haubourdin, La Madeleine, Lambersart, Lesquin, Lezennes, Lompret, Loos, Marcq-en-Baroeul, Marquette-Lez-Lille, Ronchin, Saint-Andre-Lez-Lille, Sequedin, Verlinghem, Wambrechies, Wasquehal and Wattignies.

This page in French: Visiter Lille