Organised by the Hertfordshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Lille - city of art and history - SOLD OUT

  • Lille |
  • Guided Tour |
  • 18–21 April 2016

Travel by Eurostar from London to Lille for a tour to discover the great art galleries of Northern France; staying at the 4 star Carlton Hotel, a beautiful 19th century building in the style of Louis XV situated in the heart of the old part of the city centre next to the Bourse and Grand Place and surrounded by beautiful Flemish style buildings. There will be a visit to the new Louvre-Lens, which as the name suggests is an annex to the Louvre in Paris. This very modern state of the art building houses exhibits on loan from the Louvre and displayed in chronological order; there will also be a behind the scenes tour to where the pieces of art are being prepared for display. Lille's fine art museum is the Palais des Beaux-Arts, a splendid Belle Époque building dating from the late 1890s, second in size among France's museums and with a suitably illustrious art collection, including Rubens, Van Dyck, Picasso, Redon, Corot and Delacroix, a wonderful decorative arts collection and superb sculpture galleries. There will be a tour of the highlights, then time to enjoy it at your leisure. The Musée de l'Hospice Comtesse reflects the Lille architecture from the 15-18th century and one of the last witnesses of the influence of the Counts of Flanders in the city. 

La Piscine - Musée d'Art et d'Industrie in Roubaix; as interesting for the building as for its exhibits, the museum is a former art deco swimming pool constructed around 1930 and remodelled as a museum in 2000.  It contains an unusual collection of statues, paintings, ceramics and textiles.

The Château de Beloeil is the stately home of the Princes de Ligne that began life as a medieval fortress but over the course of centuries has been transformed into a country home.  The château lies in the centre of a magnificent Baroque garden designed in 1664. Despite a fire in 1900 the magnificent library of 20,000 rare volumes and the art collection were saved and are now in the current house. There will be a tour of the Chateau and lunch before a little train can transport you around the large landscaped garden. Ypres is so close to Lille that an afternoon will be spent at the In Flanders Fields Museum located in the famous Cloth Hall in the centre of Ypres, followed by early dinner in the town before walking the short distance to the Menin Gate for the Last Post Ceremony.  Every evening since 1928 the buglers sound the Last Post at the Menin Gate Memorial, a simple but moving tribute to the memory of the soldiers who fought and died here so many years ago.

This event has been organised by the Hertfordshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

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