An easy distance from the UK, Lille is a great destination for an overnight trip to France. It’s full of lots of different ways to experience French culture, and there are visits which appeal to the budding artist, scientist and historian!
The Old Town is a wonderful place to wander round and the Place Charles de Gaulle is a particular highlight. An extensive art museum, huge market, impressive cathedral and WW2 bunker make this a truly diverse trip and a great way opportunity to get a taste of the French way of life.
Our Suggested Itinerary
Depart school and travel to Lille.
When you arrive, have a wander around the Old Town of Lille, making sure you stop for a moment in Place Charles de Gaulles, the scenic market square in the centre of the city. Head into the Wazemmes Market to pick up some of the local produce for lunch! This would also be the perfect place to practise some French.
Then head to the Palais des Beaux-Arts Museum to discover France’s largest art collection after the Louvre. The gallery displays work from Goya, Rembrandt and Rubens.
Afterwards, visit Lille Cathedral, a modern cathedral with a stunning marble façade. This cathedral is considered a national monument and is well worth a visit!
Go for a wander through Lille Zoo, home to an exciting range of animals and committed to animal conservation and animal welfare.
On your way back to Calais, visit La Coupole, originally an immense WW2 bunker built by the Nazis and now a History Centre that will help you understand the conflicts of the 20th century.
Just before your crossing, hop out at the Cité Europe Shopping Centre to discover some big name stores.
Return to the UK.
This Lille itinerary can be easily adapted and tailored to your students' needs. Click on Request a Quote and we can get started on personalising your itinerary.
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