Days Out: Nord (59)

Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille
The largest fine art collection in northern France, including antiquities, a Mediaeval and Renaissance collection, 17th and 18th century ceramics, 18th century scale models and 19th century French sculpture. Place de la Republique, Lille (59).
Le Camelus Ostriches
Animal park with ostriches, emus, wallabys and other creatures. Can host childrens parties. 5 minutes from Bray-Dunes. 211 route de Uxem, Ghyvelde (59).
Tradi Balade
Individuals: Guided visits in Citroen 2CV. Tasting local products. Transport. Weddings. Business: Teambuilding, games, incentives. Publicity. Open 10:00-19:00 1 Bis rue des Trois Couronnes, 59000 Lille.
Forum Departemental des Sciences a Villeneuve dAscq
140-seat planetarium with a multimedia area. 1 place de lhotel de Ville, Villeneuve dAscq (59).
Musee des Dentelles et Broderies
The museum of Lacemaking and embroidery houses a permanent exhibition of lace making and includes a visit to the workshop. Included is a look at contemporary uses in the fashion world. Place des Mantilles, Caudry (59).
Palais de lUnivers et des Sciences
Science centre and planetarium with workshops and films (films in French). Rue de planetarium, Capelle-la-Grande (59).
Enerlya, Maison des Energies Renouvelables). Renewable Energ...
Renewable energy house with exhibitions, activities for the family, Learn about solar, wind, water, wood and the earth. See website for opening times. 30 avenue Roland Huguet, 62560 Fauquembergues.
Cassel Guided Tour
An hour-long guided tour of Cassel. Booking usually required. Office of Tourism, Cassel.
Memorial du Souvenir - Historical Centre
Centre commemorating the Battle of Dunkerque and the Operation Dynamo evacuation during WWII. Open daily April-September. Visits at other times may be arranged with the Dunkerque Office of Tourism. Courtines du Bastion, 32 rue des Chant, Dunkirk (59).
Leisure park with water play area, mini golf, bouncy castles, pedal boats and beach sports. See website for opening times. Rue de Plage, 59265 Aubigny-au-Bac.
Abbaye de Vaucelles
Built in 1154 the Abbey is located 12 km from Cambrais the grounds are open to the public as well as the Abbey. Restored in 1971 it houses the largest Cictercian chapter house in Europe. Les rues des vignes, Hameau de Vaucelles (59).
Dunkerque Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal
Discover the activities of the LNG terminal in energy, sustainable development and industry. Free entry and groups welcome. Open Tuesday to Saturday 09:00-12:00 and 13:30-17:30. Next to Parc Galame, 513 rue Gaston Dereude 59279 Loon Plage.
Bassin Rond
A circular ornamental lake that connects to the River Escaut and the Sensee Canal by way of 3 locks. Cambrai (59).
Le Musee d’Histoire Naturelle
One of the largest museums in the region, this natural history museum features displays of mammals, birds and insects as well as exhibits on ethnology, geology and industry. Closed Tuesdays and Saturdays. 19 rue de Bruxelles, Lille (59).
The Claeyssens Distillery
See website for booking details (EN, NE, FR). One of the last working distilleries, producing juniper alcohol since 1817. Tour follows the stages of production, ending with a tasting. Souvenir shop. 1 rue de la Distillerie, 59118 Wambrechies
Musee des Beaux-Arts
Incorporating the history and heritage of Cambrai, the collection includes paintings, sculpture and an audio visual exhibition of the landscape. Works by Rodin, Boudin and Claudel among many others. 15, rue de lEpee, Cambrai (59).
Bois lEveque
A national 750 hectare forest. Formerly part of the Ardennes, it formed a border of the Roman Empire. Check with the Town Hall at Ors as the forest may be closed during the hunting season (59).
Fort du Reduit
Built in 1673 this small citadel houses the engineering services. There is a chapel in the middle of the fort. It is built in the classical style of French architecture and sports the coat of arms of France. Rue de Reduit, Lille (59).
Fromelles and Flanders Battlefield Tours
A local guide will take you on a tour of the battlefields of Northern France. Flanders fields, the Western front and some of the Cemetaries can be viewed on the tours. They can also offer "bespoke" tours to Dunkerque, the Somme or other loca
Base de Loisirs du Val du Riot
Fun and leisure park, with 3 ornamental lakes for fishing, a safari park, childrens activities, pony rides and canoeing. Near Caudry which is a suburb of Cambrai.
Le Bois Chenu
Urban park and arboretum with a walking path along the banks of the Escaut river. Proville (59).
Charles de Gaulles birthplace and Museum. Maison Natale Char...
The birthplace of former president of France, Charles de Gaulle. The museum houses some of his personal effects and chronicles the era of his birth. Media centre and gift shop. Wednesday-Saturday 10:00-18:00. See website. 9 rue Princesse, 59000 Lille.
The Citadel
The Citadel is still occupied by the army and may only be visited as part of an organised tour (in French only) on Sundays 15:00-17:00 between May and August. Avenue du 43eme Regiment dInfanterie, 59000 Lille.
La Ferme du Mont des Recollets
A 1.5 hectare-long Flemish inspired garden. Small cafe on site. Route de Steenvoorde a Cassel, Cassel (59).
Large sports complex with a variety of activities for all ages including a cinema, bowling, roller skating and swimming. Place du Polder, Gravelines (59).
Lille Zoological Park
Zoological park located on over 3 acres of land. Most of the 70 animal species represented are endangered species. Closed mid-December to mid-February. Parc de la Citadelle, avenue Mathias Delobel, Lille (59).
Parc Zoologique Fort Mardyck Dunkerque Grand Littoral
Zoological park stocked with animal species native to France and Europe. Pre-arranged group visits welcome. Can host birthday parties. Picnic area and gift shop on site. Closed December and January. Rue des Droits de lHomme, Fort Mardyck (59).
The Colysee and its gardens
Built to celebrate Lilles European City of Culture in 2004, Le Colysee is a 3ha. park with and "the house of madness" hosting exhibitions and events. Avenue du Colysee, 59831 Lambersart
Lecomusee de Ghyvelde
Family-run visitor centre featuring exhibits detailing local agricultural life throughout history including displays on leather curing, milking, beekeeping, and more. Restaurant featuring local cuisine. 20 route de Furnes, Ghyvelde (59).