Lille tours and excursions
The tourist office organises a daily guided walk in the Vieux Lille (Old Town). Or take a self-guided tour of the city with Allo Visit, which provides audio commentary direct to your mobile. There are seven stages of about three minutes, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. MP3 downloadable audio tours are also available, free of charge.Tel: (01) 7293 9505 (code 008 000 for Lille) ; (03) 5957 9400.
The tourist office also runs a 50-minute minibus tour of the city, taking in the Old Stock Exchange, the Opera, the Comtesse Hospice, the Charles de Gaulle Museum, the Petit Quinquin, the Paris Gate and the Citadel (the old part of central Lille).Tel: (03) 5957 9400.
On Saturday, the tourist office organises tours on segway, an original and ecological way to discover the city. The focus is on green spaces and monuments.Tel: (03) 5957 9400.
Roubaix is the former heart of the French textiles industry. It used to be known as the 'city of 1,000 chimneys' and many of the old factories still stand. Don't miss La Piscine, 23 rue de l'Espérance, a delightful art museum located in the former art deco swimming pool: the museum includes collections of paintings, sculptures, drawings, textiles, fashion, design and ceramics. Shopaholics can visit L'Usine (The Factory) a massive bargain shopping mall selling well-known brands with discounts of up to 60%.
Office du Tourisme de RoubaixTel: (03) 2065 3190.Website: www.roubaixtourisme.com