Villeneuve-d’Ascq is famous for its acclaimed modern art museum, cutting-edge science contributions and sports stadiums. Just outside the metropolis of Lille, Villeneuve-d’Ascq is near to vast green spaces, lakes and forests. Watch a movie in a modern shopping center before taking on the physical tests in activity center, Koezio.

The commune is known as the “Green Technopole” due to the influx of scientific researchers from the University of Lille. It is also home to many high-tech companies in the Haute Borne European Scientific Park.

Spend the day at one of the gigantic shopping centers, which are among the largest in the country. The Centre Commercial V2 was constructed in the 1970s. It has two levels with more than 150 shops. Visit its newer neighbor, the Heron Parc, where there is a multiplex cinema.

Watch a sporting event in the 50,000-seat Stade Pierre-Mauroy. The multi-use arena is currently home to LOSC Lille Métropole, which is among France’s elite soccer clubs. The city’s sporty vibe is emphasized by Koezio, which is a fun activity maze. It has physical challenges, such as ball pits and high ropes, and mental challenges, including a general knowledge quiz in English.

While strolling past the shops and cafés of the small city center, drop in at the Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art. Peruse some of its 4,500 works of art in the spacious exhibition areas. Inspect masterpieces from some of the world’s most famous artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder. Enter the sculpture park and learn about art in the vast library.

Villeneuve-d’Ascq is among the most prominent cities in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in the north of France. The 135-mile (220-kilometer) drive north from Paris should take between 2 and 3 hours. Lille Airport is the nearest major transportation hub, at just 5 miles (8 kilometers) south of the city. The two cities are connected via the VAL metro line.

Sports, shopping and art are reason enough to visit the small town of Villeneuve-d’Ascq on the edge of Lille.

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Golf, Natural Parks and Universities

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Where to stay in Villeneuve-d'Ascq

Château
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Château

Monuments

Château is a welcoming neighborhood.

Cousinerie
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Trover photo by Éric Lecoustre

Cousinerie

Biking, Natural Parks, Shopping

Cousinerie is a welcoming neighborhood. The neighborhood has many charming qualities, its friendly people among the more noteworthy.

Hôtel-de-Ville
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Hôtel-de-Ville

Secluded, Football, Luxury

The Hôtel-de-Ville neighborhood welcomes visitors with convenient options for restaurants.

Triolo
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Triolo

Triolo is a welcoming neighborhood.

Brigode
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Brigode

Golf

Brigode is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors.

Flers-Bourg
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Flers-Bourg

Flers-Bourg is a welcoming neighborhood.

Top Hotels in Villeneuve-d'Ascq

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Olivarius Apart'Hotel
3 out of 5
Parc Haute Borne 6, avenue Halley, Villeneuve-d'Ascq
$67/night
Jul 29 - Jul 30
4.1/5Very Good! (1,174 reviews)

"This hotel has kitchen/cooking facilities, separate lounge, bedroom and is superb all round value. You may have to ask for utensils. We have stayed numerous times, but on the last two occasions we have had to ask for a saucepan and large servicing dishes which were made available as soon as requested. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2019

Olivarius Apart'Hotel
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B&B Hôtel Lille Grand Stade
3 out of 5
Les Terrasses du Stade, Villeneuve-d'Ascq
$45/night
Aug 2 - Aug 3
4.1/5Very Good! (115 reviews)
Great quick stay

"Comfy beds Big room"…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

B&B Hôtel Lille Grand Stade
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ibis budget Lille Villeneuve d'Ascq
2 out of 5
9 Boulevard de Mons, Villeneuve-d'Ascq
$36/night
Aug 3 - Aug 4
3.3/5 (179 reviews)

"I loved the neighborhood. I loved taking walks around the area. It was worth it"…"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

ibis budget Lille Villeneuve d'Ascq

Popular things to do in Villeneuve-d'Ascq

Old Stock Exchange
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Old Stock Exchange

Old Stock Exchange is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Lille. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Menin Gate Memorial
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Menin Gate Memorial

Pay your respects to missing World War I heroes, the fallen soldiers whose bodies were never recovered from the battlefields of Ypres.

Top activities in Villeneuve-d'Ascq

City Center Sightseeing Tour
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City Center Sightseeing Tour

$16

Give your feet a well-deserved break and jump aboard a comfortable minibus that takes you around the city of Lille on a fascinating discovery tour. Enjoy a 1-hour overview of sites along the route while an informative audio-visual program gives you the history and background of each.

Admission to Lille's Belfry with Audio-Guide & Binoculars
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Admission to Lille's Belfry with Audio-Guide & Binoculars

$12

Take in a sweeping panorama over the historic heart of Lille from the top of the city hall's soaring belfry, which, as the highest municipal building in France, stands 340 feet (104 m) over the streets below.

Lille City Pass
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Lille City Pass

$28

Discover the beautiful city of Lille with a pass that gives you free entry to more than 25 museums and popular attractions. Zip between all the sites, taking advantage of unlimited travel across the entire public transportation network, and enjoy special discounts at many shops and restaurants.

Walking Tour of Old Lille in English
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Walking Tour of Old Lille in English

$15

Explore the Flemish architecture and industrial heritage of Lille on a guided walking tour of the city's historic heart. With an expert guide leading the way, check out landmarks dating back to the 13th century and hear about life in this northern town.

Private World War I Canadian Battlefield Tour
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Private World War I Canadian Battlefield Tour

$139

Learn all about the Canadians' contributions to World War I during a fascinating guided tour of some of the conflict's most significant battlefields. Enjoy your journey in the company of a friendly guide who boasts 20 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to share.

Australian battlefields in Flanders and in the Somme
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Australian battlefields in Flanders and in the Somme

$474

Day 1: Leaving your hotel at 09:00 towards Fromelles “Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery”, the museum and seeing where the mass grave was. Standing where the Australians launched their assault on 19 July. You wll see “VC Corner Cemetery” and the Statue of Simon Fraser.