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Thematic tours

The Queen of Citadels

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Come and discover the "Queen of the Citadels", built by Vauban between 1667 and 1670 after the conquest of Lille by Louis XIV. A true city within the city, the stronghold has retained its military vocation and opens its doors to you for an exceptional visit.
Guided tour in French only

Dates: every Sunday, from 2nd April to 29th October, at 3 pm and 4:30 pm, except in September
Sundays 19th November, 17th December and 21st January, at 2.00 pm and 3.30 pm
Duration: identity check (15 min) + visit (1h) = 1h15

Full price: € 16 
Reduced price: € 14 

Reduced rate granted on presentation of proof to: under 18s, students, job seekers, RSA recipients, over 62 years old, Pass Senior de Lille cardholders, families of more than 4 people
Free for children under 6 years old

Online booking is not possible: you can book at the Tourist Office reception (ground floor Palais Rihour, place Rihour), or contact our team by telephone on +33 (0)359 579 400.

Please register no later than 7 days before the visit.
Each participant's identity document must be presented at the time of booking: a fully legible scan of both sides of an identity document (CNI or passport).
The same ID must be presented on the day of the tour, before the tour departs.

For the comfort of the visit, wearing flat shoes is recommended.
Photos are prohibited inside the military grounds.
The military authority reserves the right to suspend the visit if the application of security measures requires so.
  • Transportation :
    • Pedestrian tour
Booking online

> Availability updated in real-time
> A secure credit card transaction
> No additional costs
> Personalized advice

Tel: +33 (0) 359 579 400
Schedules : Mon-Sat: 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-5.30pm