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The Citadel

Champ de Mars, 59800, Lille, France
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“military base” (10 reviews)
“nice walk” (13 reviews)
Champ de Mars, 59800, Lille, France
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As this is an active military installation you can walk around the 17th century battlements, the fort is in the shape of a star, typical of the era, its a tranquil walk around with the forrest taking over again with the outer walls and a...More

Thank Matthew B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Since the Citadel is still an active military installation visitors are limited to walking around the Vole des Combattants, surrounding the inner wall of fortification. It is never the less worth the visit, and if you are active can enjoy the walk or join with...More

Thank Escape-overseas
Reviewed October 28, 2017

As everyone has said, and the tourist information is quite clear about, you can't actually gain entry to the Citadel. However you can stroll along through the Bois de Boulogne with and independent air and enjoy the tranquility of the stream/moat around the military installation....More

Thank David_Wokingham
Reviewed October 13, 2017

The Citadelle is very large ,strong , and nice to stroll around to see the extent of the city defences put up by Vauban. However, as the area is still used by the military, you can't access the central part which really limits this to...More

Thank Alan H
Reviewed October 9, 2017

the building is beautiful but can only be viewed from a distance as it is currently occupied by the armed forces

Thank Tracy S
Reviewed September 17, 2017

The Citadel is huge and in the centre of a park where one can walk or run around (this is very popular with runners!) At the edge of the park is the zoo.

Thank Fiona G
Reviewed September 5, 2017

The Citadel is a lovely, central park with walking and cycling trails throughout. It's a haven for joggers as well, and as you walk around the Citadel, you can see glimpses of the historic structure. I would happily take a walking tour to learn more.

1  Thank Buttners
Reviewed August 23, 2017 via mobile

Shame you can't go inside, and it was fairly confusing to navigate the grounds to even find the path that surrounds the structure. **When you get to the park entrance head left through the children's play area and towards the zoo. At the zoo entrance...More

Thank Philippaho
Reviewed August 20, 2017

FYI - you can't go inside the citadel as it is an active army base. However, it is very beautiful to walk around it and the park is a really nice place to go on a sunny day.

Thank lilyindia
Reviewed August 18, 2017 via mobile

Lovely walk around the old ramparts- huge project of refurbishment planned to restore the star shape including the moat. Paths regularly used by joggers. As previous people have mentioned there is NO access inside as it is a working base by the RRF (a bit...More

1  Thank Paul H
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