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June 22, 2021 1 min read


Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille Rugby World Cup

How to get there:

Lille is only just over an hour train journey from Paris so that’s probably your best bet. Once

you’re in Lille though, just hop onto the Metro Line 1 to Cité Scientifique and it’s a 10-

minute walk from there.

Where the rugby’s happening:

Having been built in 2012, it’s another quite recent stadium and has a capacity of 50 000. It

has a retractable roof even though you’d hope the sunshine would be out by the time it

comes around.

Where to get some beers:

The best area to grab some beers, your best bet is probably along the Rue des Postes. A long

stretch full of different types of bars, La Boulangerie Bar is a lovely little. Former bakery that

has been transformed into a busy spot for some jazzy music.

What to visit whilst I’m there:

Lille was once upon a time a slightly miserable town in the Nord Pas-de-Calais, an area often

being represented as a dour area. But in the last decade it’s had a real makeover and has

become one of the most attractive places in France. If you want something to visit, the

Palais des Beaux-Arts is one of the most beautiful fine arts museums in France with artists

such as Goya and Rodin.

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