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Getting There & Away

By Eurostar train (www.eurostar.com) Lille is just 90 minutes from London's St Pancras International train station. Eurotunnel Le Shuttle (www.eurotunnel.com) can get you and your car from Folkestone to Calais, via the Channel Tunnel, in a mere 35 minutes. Frequent car ferries link Dover with Calais (90 minutes) and Dunkirk (two hours).

On the Continent, superfast Eurostar and TGV trains connect Lille with Brussels (35 minutes), and TGVs make travel from Lille to Paris' Gare du Nord (one hour) and Charles de Gaulle Airport (50 minutes) a breeze.