School Trips to Lille
Looking for an MFL alternative to Paris or Normandy? Why not pick a school trip to Lille - the birth place of Charles de Gaulle and Louis Pasteur. Known for its ancient fortifications, superb shopping, magical Christmas markets and spectacular metro system, Lille is one of France's most spectacular cities. Taste Lille Stinker, moules frites, brown-sugar toffee and sweet waffles whilst you're here.
Celebrated as the largest city in Northern France, the capital of culture 2004 and one of the friendliest cities in Europe, a school trip to Lille will certainly exceed your expectations. Discover the famous Fine Arts Museum, the UNESCO registered belfry and the star-shaped Citadelle. Sketch the square tower at St Catherine’s Church and the buttresses at Saint Etienne’s. Saunter through the old town and listen to the strong Flemish accent. Find sanctuary in the Garden of Giants, study rare plants in the Botanical greenhouses and find English flowerbeds at Vauban Garden. Shop till you drop in the Euralille centre, visit all 83 wooden chalets in the Christmas Market and bag a bargain at Braderie de Lille - the biggest flea-market in Europe.
Just an hour and twenty minutes away by Eurostar, Lille makes the perfect day trip or longer excursion for school groups. Attractive all year round, we recommend visiting in November and December when the city turns into a winter wonderland, complete with a Ferris wheel, giant Christmas tree and themed market. Rich in architecture, culture, gardens and commerce, Lille offers a multi-dimensional and inspiring learning experience for students.
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Below is a sample of excursions Equity can organise for your trip to Lille - for subject specific excursions have a look at the
recommended educational trips for Lille
Christmas Market visits
If you are traveling in December, why not add a trip to one of Lille's popular Christmas Markets to your itinerary? Visit the markets in Place Rihour or Lille's old town where there are about 80 stalls selling local produce and crafts. Your students can practice their skills whilst ordering festive foods or shopping for souvenirs to take back home!
The Basilica of Notre Dame de la Treille, is a unique cathedral and has been the seat of the Bishop of Lille since 1913.
Old Town and market
Tour the restored buildings and art galleries of Lille Old Town, shop for souvenirs and order drinks in atmospheric cafes. Visit the many food, book and craft markets, testing and extending your vocabulary as you browse.
Garden of Giants
Encounter more than 45,000 types of plants in this urban garden’s three areas: the Parvis des Nuages, Herbe des Géants and Jardin des Sources. Admire the water features and sculptures, then consolidate your new vocab in the garden cafe.
Hospice Comtesse Museum
A fascinating insight into local history, this hospital building dates back to the 15th century and exhibits collections of 17th and 18th century art, ceramics and musical instruments. It also documents the history of Lille and the hospice itself.
Musée de Beaux Arts
This 19th century building houses European paintings, antiquities, ceramics, sculptures, scale models and more. Expect a huge range of eras and styles, with collections which document Europe’s great artistic movements from the 12th to the 20th century.
Citadel Park and Zoo
Test and extend your vocabulary and comprehension as you spot around 400 different animals, from monkeys and zebras to wild cats and rare birds. Visit the Citadel Park and see remarkable trees, which include a Montpellier Maple and Giant Sequoia.
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Kyriad, Villeneuve d'Ascq
- Close to attractions
- High standard accommodation
Nearby to many key museums this accommodation is excellent for schools.
Location: Located in the suburb of Villeneuve d'Ascq, 8 kms from the city centre.
Facilities: There is a bar/lounge, large dining room which can be used for study. A video evening can be arranged and there are 3 additional meeting rooms
Accommodation: All rooms have private facilities and a TV.
Premiere Classe Centre
- Located in historic center
- Free wifi
This hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Opera House and Old Stock Exchange. Lille Grand Square and Rihour Square are also within 10 minutes.
Location: Ideally located in the centre of Lille, very close to the Grand’Place and the Old town.
Facilities: On site breakfast room
Accommodation:2-3 bedded rooms all with full private facilities.
Meals:Breakfast at hotel - Evening meals to be taken at local restaurant in the nearby Grand’Place
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Recommended Educational Trips to Lille
Equity can recommend Lille for the following subjects - click on the boxes below for more information about subject specific itineraries and excursions.