Where to walk in Lille ?
Lille is one of these city where you feel they are no green spaces but actually… think again! We have many parks and gardens. It just so happens that none of them are in the old town! That’s the reason why first time visitors often get the impressionthat the city doesn’t have any green space. Well Lille has quite a few parks, big and small!
With these lockdowns and these curfews, when everything is closed, what better than to walk in nature while remaining on Lille!In this article, I give you my top 5 most beautiful gardens and parks in Lille, the pretty capital of Hauts-de-France, in Northern France. It is close to the Belgian border.
WHERE TO WALK IN LILLE : THE CITADEL
I absolutely had to tell you about the Citadel Park ! This park is very large and it is very pleasant to walk there!
The Citadel Park with its 110 hectares is the largest green space in Lille. It consists of several spaces: Le Bois de Boulogne with its wellness course and sports facilities that are available to the general public. The Citadel of Vauban, fortification built by Vauban between 1667 and 1670, still occupied by the army. The Lille Zoo is home to 400 animals of 70 different animal species. The zoo offers many activities. Cita-Parc: a space of 9,000 m² of attractions.
Accès : Métro 1 : Station République Beaux-Arts.
THE VAUBAN GARDEN
I discovered this small garden which is located right next to the Vauban Citadel Park! Frankly, it’s worth the trip to see this little romantic grotto !
Created in 1863, the Vauban Garden was designed by the landscape architect and chief gardener of the city of Paris: Jean-Pierre Barillet-Deschamps. Listed as a historical monument, it is a landscaped garden in the English style, with winding paths through the massifs. In this garden is an artificial cave, basins, monuments paying homage to Lille personalities (including Charles de Gaulle) as well as a puppet theatre Le P’tit Jacques offering shows from April to October.
Adresse : Boulevard Vauban, 59000 Lille
THE GARDEN OF THE GIANTS
I didn’t expect to see a garden right next to a highway and a train station! This is the Garden of the Giants which is located next to the Lille Europe station! In this place, you can see different species of bamboo and many other varieties of plants!
This Garden is built on a former aerial parking today buried that was designed by the landscapers of the Atelier Mutabilis. They created on 2 hectares a new space of nature and poetry, inaugurated in July 2009. One reaches it by the Parvis des Nuages, planted with 5 species of bamboo. Then comes the Grass of the Giants, where alternate glades and lush vegetation. We then arrive at the Jardin des Sources, offering a peaceful stroll between ponds and water mirrors. It is the ideal spot to mediate, reflect on your day or… drink an aperol spritz when the beer garden in the park will finally re-open!
Adresse : 1 Rue de la Communauté, 59110 La Madeleine
WHERE TO WALK IN LILLE :THE HERON PARK
Quand on le voit ce lac, on a envie de plonger dedans tellement l’eau est belle non ? Alors, rendez-vous à Villeneuve d’Ascq pour une balade au Parc du Héron!
When you see this lake, you want to dive in it because the water is so beautiful, right? So why not visit the Heron Park in Villeneuve d’Ascq?
The Parc du Heron is 110 hectares of water and greenery. From west to east, you can discover a varied landscape:
the archaeological reconstruction park “Asnapio” and the hunting lodge, living witnesses of our heritage, a space for fishing, the Farm, its shows and its estaminet. the orchard and the walking paths.
Accès : Prendre le métro jusqu’à pont de bois puis le bus jusqu’au LAM.
THE GARDEN OF PLANTS
This garden makes you want to visit it with these roses and other varieties of plants including the exotic plants that are under a beautiful tropical Greenhouse !
The Garden of Plants is both a botanical garden and a pleasure garden on more than 10 hectares. Located in the southern part of the city, it was inaugurated in 1948. It has an equatorial greenhouse, a rose garden, trees and shrubs grouped according to their country of origin.
Adresse : Rue du Jardin des Plantes 59000 Lille.
Accès : Métro ligne 2, station “Porte de Douai”
That is my top 5 parcs and gardens, please feel free to comment and share it to your friends coming to Lille! We all nee a break from time to time! And as always be curious!