Lille Activities

Our most recommended Lille Activities

Lille Driving Tour by Convertible Citroen 2CV

1. Lille Driving Tour by Convertible Citroen 2CV

Take a retro guided tour of the beautiful city of Lille on board an iconic Citroen 2CV, as idiosyncratically French as a beret or baguette. Tours can vary from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours, with room for up to 3 passengers. Riding in the famous car, feel the vroom-vroom of its tiny engine (2CV literally means "2 tax horsepower"). Lean over at every bend in the road and enjoy the vintage upholstery. If the weather’s right, you’ll tackle the cobbled streets with the roof rolled back and the wind in your hair. Your driver-guide will tell anecdotes about the city at every nook and cranny en route, and they'll advise you on the best places to go when you’ve regained your street legs. Lille is an ideal city to tour in a 2CV; the streets are narrow, and though the cobbles might shake and rattle your bones a bit, you'll feel every part a native.

Lille City Tour

2. Lille City Tour

What could be nicer than to tour the city comfortably seated in a minibus? This is the perfect way to discover Lille in 75 minutes. Equipped with an audiovisual system in 9 languages (French, English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Russian), this city tour by bus offers views of the city’s main sites and monuments, from its origins to the most modern districts. Admire the Goddess statue as you drive past the Place du Général de Gaulle (Grand Place) and see the Opera House, the Chamber of Commerce and the Beauregard Row at the Place du Théâtre. Of course, you will also drive past the Townhall with its Belfry, the Citadel and the Old Paris Gate.

Vieux Lille 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

3. Vieux Lille 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Visit Lille's most charming district and admire its architecture, shops, and museums on a 2-hour guided walk. Learn about the old town's heritage and history from your guide as you pass Vieux Lille's landmarks and monuments. Some of the attractions you’ll see include the Palais Rihour, the main square, the Old Stock Exchange, the Opera House, the Chamber of Commerce, and Notre-Dame de la Treille Cathedral. The tour will conclude near the Hospice Comtesse. Founded in 1237 by Jeanne de Flandre, the Hospice features a display of works from Lille's past including objects from everyday life, wooden sculptures, earthenware, furniture, and paintings.

Nausicaá National Sea Center: Full-Day Entry Ticket

4. Nausicaá National Sea Center: Full-Day Entry Ticket

Plunge into the depths of the ocean with Nausicaá, the largest public aquarium in Europe, in Boulogne-sur-Mer. Nausicaá invites you to enjoy a unique experience that will delight the whole family. Explore 'Journey on the High Seas', 'Mankind and Shores', and 'In the Eye of the Climate'. The latter includes projections from the floor to the walls and an aural immersion that will help you to learn about the effects of global warming. Total immersion to help you understand your power to act on a daily basis. You'll also meet the 1,600 species who call the aquarium home, such as grey reef sharks and the impressive manta ray. Don't miss some favorite shows: the sea lion's medical training and the finding of the penguins. Book your priority access ticket for this unique attraction that has already captivated 16 million explorers. During your visit, you can take a break in one of three restaurants and relax in an exceptional setting. Don't forget to explore the charms of the Opal Coast and the beauty of the Boulonnais landscape. New Experience 2022: Grand Large – The giants of the High Seas in Augmented Reality Discover the high seas, so little-known and inaccessible, and meet the majestic animals that inhabit them with the help of a world-first augmented reality device in one of Nausicaá's most fascinating spaces: the 100m2 large bay. From November 07, 2022, a small part of the visit route (the tropical lagoon area) of the "Des Rivages et des Hommes" exhibition will be closed for work of a duration of approximately one year. A large part of this exhibition will therefore remain open and accessible to the public: The sea lion reserve The touch pool History of islands Stopovers in the Mediterranean North Sea trips La Thalassa: experience life on a boat on the raging sea as if you were there! the submerged forest and its spectacled caimans… The exhibitions “Voyage en Haute Mer” and “Dans l’œil du Climat” remain fully open to the public. You will also be able to benefit from our new “open sea” augmented reality experience included in the price of the entrance ticket, not to mention the activities that mark out the course: sea lion training and feeding of the different species. Take the opportunity to discover behind the scenes.

Lille's City Pass: 24 or 48 Hours

5. Lille's City Pass: 24 or 48 Hours

Explore the must-see monuments of Lille, one of the most cultural cities in France, with the Lille City Pass. Ride in a convertible bus and visit the Fine Arts Museum of Lille, the Piscine-Museum of Art and Industry in Roubaix, the LaM in Villeneuve d'Ascq, the Museum of Charles de Gaulle's birthplace, and many more places! Take advantage of free visits to the tourist sites of Lille for 24, 48, or 72 hours and receive free, unlimited use of Lille's metropolitan public transport network (metro, bus, tram). Enjoy your visit without the stress of purchasing tickets for the hottest attractions and transportation. The Lille City Pass will relieve your worries and allow you to focus on the fun part of traveling. Not only will it save you time but also money. Enjoy access to the following sites: Fine Arts:Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille La Piscine, Musée d'Art et d'Industrie André Diligent - Roubaix MUba Eugène Leroy - Tourcoing Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains - Tourcoing LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain, d'art brut - Villeneuve d'Ascq Science and Discoveries:Musée d'Histoire Naturelle - Lille Musée de l'Institut Pasteur de Lille - Lille La Manufacture, musée de la mémoire et de la création textile - RoubaixForum départemental des Sciences - Villeneuve d'Ascq  History and Traditions:Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse - Lille Maison natale Charles de Gaulle - Lille Musée des Canonniers Sédentaires de LilleL'Institut du monde arabe - TourcoingLa Condition Publique - RoubaixMaison Folie Hospice d'Havré - Tourcoing Musée des Moulins - Villeneuve d'AscqMusée des Arts et Traditions Populaires - Wattrelos Musée de la Résistance - Bondues Musée de la Bataille de FromellesFort de Seclin  Listed sites:Villa Cavrois - Croix Beffroi de l'hôtel de ville de Lille Beffroi d'Armentières  Natural areas:Mosaïc, le Jardin des Cultures - Houplin Ancoisne Les Près du Hem - Armentières Musée de Plein Air - Villeneuve d'Ascq 

Lille: City Highlights Scavenger Hunt and Audio Tour App

6. Lille: City Highlights Scavenger Hunt and Audio Tour App

Discover the highlights of Lille with an immersive smartphone app-based scavenger hunt in the city. Visit the Porte de Paris, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille War Memorial, and other highlights while solving riddles. After downloading the app, start your tour at the imposing Beffroi de Lille, a symbol of the city. Visit Republic square, explore the narrow streets, admire medieval gates like Porte De Paris, and feel the vibes of La Vieille Bourse.  Pass by the Pl. du Général de Gaulle, Gothic Paroisse Saint Maurice, and the iconic La Vieille Bourse. You will have to uncover clues at each attraction to get to the next point.  Receive interesting facts and information about the places you visit through the app. Your next stop will be Beffroi de la Chambre de Commerce, one of the main attractions of the city.  You can pause or resume the tour whenever you want. The icing on the cake of this route will be Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille, with its strange architecture.  Explore the city at your own pace and stop to take some pictures on the way. Feel the thrill as you solve each puzzle with exciting clues and hop from one landmark to another.

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What people are saying about Lille

Take a good look beforehand at what you are entitled to, such as the guided tour of the old town which is included in the city pass and which I had reserved and paid for in parallel. Very practical otherwise and a lot of visits included. However, you must reserve them and collect the tickets at the tourist office beforehand.

Our host was excellent and charming throughout the tour stopping at certain points in the journey and telling us the history of the town

Super original way to discover Lille and learn a little more about its history! Guide at the top, I highly recommend !!

Tour in a super nice 2cv with a friendly guide who knows the history of his city! Good luck to him!

Really easy to use on all forms of transport and in museums.