Located Place Rihour, near the Grand'Place and built from 1453 by Philippe Le Bon, duke of Burgundy , this is one of the few remains of late gothic architecture in Lille. The groundfloor (salle des Gardes) is the perfect place for the welcoming desks of the Lille Tourist Office & Covention Bureau, where visitors will find self service documentation, as well as advices from our staff. The palais Rihour is the meeting point for both Vieux Lille walking tour (every day from 3:00 to 5:00 in French and in English on Saturdays from 10:15 to 12:15) and City Tour bus (Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 -11:30 - 2:00 and 3:30).
€14.00 (Child €11.00) Free with the Pass!
The second biggest Fine Arts museum in France offers a full display of European painting from the 16th to the 20th century. It has Antiquity, Middle Ages and Renaissance departments as well as French sculpture collections, scale models of fortified cities, decorative arts, numismatic and graphic art. Thanks to its collection and to the variety of the programming, the museum is a must-see of the Lille cultural life. Stop: République Beaux- Arts. Open Monday from 2pm to 6pm, Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Closed on Tuesdays and 01/01, 01/05, 14/07, 1st weekend of September (Braderie), 01/11, 25/12
€7.00 (Child €7.00) Free with the Pass!
First designed in 1929 and finished in 1932, the villa is a family home created by the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, a member of the Modernist movement. He was commissioned by Paul Cavrois, a textile industrialist from Roubaix, and his wife. The villa follows a precise schema bringing together all the most advanced technologies of the period, and was something of an aesthetic shock, the effects of which are still perceptible today. All of the interior was furnished using luxurious materials such as marble, exotic wood, and polished aluminium, and the furniture was designed by Mallet-Steven, who also devised the layout of the park. The very latest techniques were used. The furniture was sold off following the death of Madame Cavrois in 1986, and the Villa itself was sold in 1987. After standing abandoned for a long period during which it was vandalised, it was bought by the State in 2001, which has undertaken a vast campaign to save and restore the Villa to how it originally looked in 1932. The programme that the Centre des monuments nationaux have been carrying out since 2008 will reveal the exceptionally ambitious nature of the architectural project desired by the Cavrois. Works should be completed in March 2015. Open every day except Monday from 10am to 6pm. Closed 01/01, 01/05 and 25/12. Stop : Villa Cavrois
€8.00 (Child ) Free with the Pass!