Nord-Pas de Calais Points of Interest and Places to Visit

Nord-Pas de Calais

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Lille Old Town (Vieux Lille)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

It's in Vieux Lille, the Old Town of the city, that the Flemish dash to Lille's character can be most clearly seen. The red brick buildings and narrow cobbled ...  Read more

Hospice Comtesse Museum

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

The Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse is the town museum of Lille. It's housed in an old hospital founded by Jeanne, Countess of Flanders, for the poor of the ...  Read more

Lille Museum of Fine Arts (Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

Lille's Fine Arts Museum (Palais des Beaux-Arts) is giant—only the Louvre tops its size among France's museums—and its collection is suitably illustrious. ...  Read more

Grand Place

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

The center of Lille, the Grand Place (or, as it's officially called, the Place du Général de Gaulle) is a magnet for tourists and a meeting point ...  Read more

Cathedrale Notre Dame de la Treille

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

The Cathedrale Notre Dame de la Treille takes its name from a 12th-century figure of the Virgin that has been long revered in the city. The cathedral was ...  Read more

Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Lille's Museum of Modern Art (now called LAM) was founded on the savvy eye of Roger Dutilleul, a collector who began picking up work by Picasso and other ...  Read more

Maison Natale de Charles de Gaulle

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

There are few Frenchmen who occupy the imaginations of their countrypeople like Charles de Gaulle, General of the Free French army in WWII, long-reigning ...  Read more

Town Hall and Belfry

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

As the highest municipal building of France at 104 meters high, the Lille belfry (which is attached to the town hall) is certainly a must when in the north of ...  Read more

Wellington Quarry (La Carrière Wellington)

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

The Carrière Wellington museum opened in March 2008 in Arras in the North of France, inside a quarry used during World War I. It commemorates those who ...  Read more

Musée des Canonniers

1 star rating: I do not recommend this 1 Review

A great museum for those interested in Lille’s military history, Musée des Canonniers explains the story of the Sainte Barbe Brotherhood (one of the ...  Read more

Ablain-St-Nazaire Church Ruins

As a farming village located 8 miles north of Arras in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Ablain-St-Nazaire was almost completely destroyed during World War I. But the ...  Read more


Located on the Cote d’Opale on the English Channel, the city of Boulogne is the second-most visited destination in Nord Pas-de-Calais and France’s largest ...  Read more

Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery

What were once dugouts for battalion headquarters, today serves as one of the largest historical cemeteries in the region. The Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery ...  Read more


The town of Calais is more of a throughway than a destination. That’s because each year some 15 million people pass by this quiet nook en route to Dover, but ...  Read more


The community of Dunkirk in northern France is known for its roles in World Wars I and II, but there’s more to this quiet destination than army and military ...  Read more

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