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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Bailleul
Insee code59043
AltitudeFrom 14 to 86 meters
Surface43.42 km²
Population14801 inhabitants
Density340 inhabitants/km²


Chief townLille (at 30 km, 29 min)Méteren at 3.4 km (6 min)
DepartmentNordSaint-Jans-Cappel at 5.2 km (10 min)
RegionNord-Pas-de-CalaisSearch another town


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Camped atop a slight hill, Bailleul never lets the traveler indifferent.

Subtle blend of the attractions of the city and the mildness of the countryside, it leaves visitors with images of towers, gables and sounds of chimes.

Destroyed more than 90% during the first World War, Bailleul is revealed today one of the prettiest towns in Flanders.

The city has a wonderful heritage but has mostly preserved the ancient map of the city with its traditional buildings.


  • The Grand'Place, flowery, is dominated by the imposing belfry of the town hall, a World Heritage by UNESCO. The belfry has, besides a Gothic hall, a wonderful chime of 35 bells classified. On his way round, stunning views of the city and surrounding area offers visitors. The belfry is visited (contact the tourist office for more information).
  • See also the Museum of Benoit Puydt that, in an elegant setting of a private house, brings together various art witness of Flemish culture from the 15th to the 20th century and the House of Lace, lace school academic neo-Flemish presenting an exhibition of pieces of students.
  • The Museum of Benoit Puydt is open daily from 14 to 17.30 except Tuesdays and holidays.
  • The Lace House is open daily from 13h30 to 17h except Sunday and Monday.
  • The city of Bailleul still has many architectural elements that the visitor hastens to admire in each of its parts: the Church of St. Vaast, the original memorial, the public library, the Présidial ... A panel of monuments to be discovered in the Heritage Trail (available from the Tourist Office of Flanders hills).
  • For nature lovers, Bailleul has numerous hiking trails through the Flanders hills and a national botanical conservatory with a garden of wild plants of 9000 m². The Wild Plant Garden is open all year, Monday to Friday from 8h30 to 17h.
Detailed information
TransportTrain station of Steenwerck
Information pointsTourist Office of Bailleul
Leisure centresMuseum Benoît-de-Puydt


  • Carnival Bailleul: In February. For several days the city is transformed, leaving room for groups of masked men who dance and sing loudly. This is the great emotional release! !
  • The International Competition Potje Vleesch and lounge and local flavors: In March. Budding cooks, professional your furnace for this unique competition in Flanders Franco-Belgian.
  • The Feast of the Hommelpap: In September. This party organized by a farm-brewery Bailleul held every two years. It celebrates the harvest of hops to the old (the gathering held in late August-early September) and the brewing of beer. Discover the hops of yesteryear to today and techniques for brewing beer, Flemish horses at work, folk entertainment mark this day. The entertainment: concerts, regional market, kindling "chus" (scarecrows), beer tasting ...


  • Museums:
  • The museum of rural life, to Steenwerck: this museum displays clothes, traditional games, machines, antique furniture, tools and everyday objects. It reproduces the life of a Flemish village from 1850 to 1960, its shops and school. In the tavern, you can learn the Flemish games. It is open on Sundays from April to October from 15h to 19h, Monday to Friday in July and August from 14h to 18h.
  • The farm of Organs at Steenwerck: you will find many items of mechanical music, such as barrel organs, player pianos, limonaires, music boxes, phonographs, and other curiosities atypical, all running. During this tour, which is interactive, young and old will marvel at these rare objects straight out of the remnants of the past, and appear delighted! Open to individuals from April to October on Wednesdays from 14h to 17h (1:30 provide access) and on Sundays from 15:30 to 18:30 with two tours one at 15:30 and one at 17h. The rest of the year, activities are planned and ad hoc visits.
  • The Museum of Frontier Life in Godewaersvelde: Godewaersvelde commune, located at the foot of the Mont des Cats and the Belgian border, the old rectory was built in the village Museum of Frontier Life. Henry the giant Customs and his dog Tom or Dick (dog or customs fraud) stay there all year. The museum to discover the role of customs and "pipes" fraudsters. You will find many artifacts depicting the lives of people on the Franco-Belgian bike, custom costumes, objects defrauded ... To share the lives of these characters, you receive a questionnaire at the entrance. You choose your camp or customs fraud. The museum is open from 14h to 17h every day from April 1 to September 30, closed on Mondays.
  • The museum Yourcenar (1903-1987), St. Jans-Cappel: Marguerite de Crayencour Cleenweerck (anagram of Yourcenar) spent his childhood in the castle of Mont-Black, then in 1938 went to the United States (Maine) , where she taught French and art history. She published many books and entered the French Academy March 6, 1980. In 1987, Mr. Louis Sonneville, a resident of St. Jans-Cappel and admirer of Marguerite Yourcenar, sent him to America some hyacinth bulbs and soil of Mount Black. Then began a long correspondence, causing some projects such as the creation of the museum, which opened in 1985. It consists of three exhibition halls: one of his childhood in the castle of Mont-Black (1903 to 1913), consists of photographs and archival materials; another piece on "Petite Plaisance", its U.S. property , whose atmosphere has been recreated, a video room, where the tapes depicting the life of the author and present exposure. You can visit the places of childhood Yourcenar, by taking the "path of hyacinths" (6 km), which is a mixture of nature and literature, with pictures and quotations that line the route.
  • The Windmills: The constancy of the wind and the importance of the hydraulic network, but also the need to manage the countryside, to transform the raw materials were all factors of development in the number of mills (19th century). Regional agriculture, highly developed and diversified, has generated the construction of machines capable of grinding the seeds to extract oil and flour.
  • The Mill Boeschèpe: wooden windmill, historic monument. It is named "Ondank Meulen," that is to say, "Mill's ingratitude." It was built in 1802 at the Mound in wood, and was brought to Boeschèpe in 1884. He crushed the grain until 1958 and was bought by the town in 1964. At its base there is a small museum. Adjacent is a Flemish tavern. The mill has its giant, Jerome, who was the last miller. Exceptional closing for work
  • The Steenmeulen at Terdeghem: windmill brick 3-story, still active (fishmeal). Built in 1864, he had three activities: production of oil, wheat flour and grind grain for cattle. Old Farm Machinery Show (early 20th century), old steam engines, old tractors. Open daily from 9am to 12pm and 14pm to 18pm. Closed Wednesdays and Sundays and last Monday of each month.
  • The Festivities:
  • The party with old, in Boeschèpe: This event is held the first Sunday in August. It is unusual to propose a flea objects before 1950. In the afternoon, you can attend a costume reconstruction of a scene from the life of the past.
  • The harvest festival, St. Jans-Cappel, near Bailleul: This festival is held the last weekend of August. We discover the ancient trades related to agriculture and the machines of the past. Animations are many: hop picking, threshing, flax, tobacco ... Regional market, various street festivals.


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Facade of the museum Benoît-de-PuydtFacade of the museum Benoît-de-Puydt
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French cuisine restaurantLes Loulou's  
TRIBUTE TO THE CHILD PRODIGY - The Loulou's is above all a tribute to Louis 'Loulou' Gasté illustrates composer from Armentieres. In the large, elegant room with white walls, it is...
Located 11.8 km from Bailleul26 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLe Saint Sylvestre  
Take the time to a gourmet meal and refined in Saint Sylvestre Cappel. Mickael Leclercq and Stephanie welcome you in a restaurant, where elegance and good taste are available on the...
Located 13.5 km from Bailleul 
French cuisine restaurantL'Auberge de la Forêt  
At the edge of the forest Nieppes, L'Auberge de la Forêt is the ideal place for a gourmet meal in the heart of French Flanders. In a rustic and friendly atmosphere, discover traditional...
Located 13.7 km from Bailleul29 € per person 

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House with 2 bedroomsChambres d'hôtes Monts et Merveilles    
The house is located in Godewaersvelde, heritage listed village in the heart of the Monts de Flandres, a few kilometers from the easy access belge. Godewaersvelde is 30 minutes of Lille...
Located 9.2 km from BailleulFrom 75 € to 95 € the double room 
Farm with 5 bedroomsLe Clos des Flandres    
Valerie and Hubert welcome you. 5 in their Bed and Breakfast. A farm in a green, located 15 km from Lille and 40 minutes from Dunkirk. 4 large bedrooms, one suite. Comfort (tv, tnt,...
Located 9.5 km from BailleulFrom 75 € to 100 € the double room 
Farm with 5 bedroomsAu relais d'artois  
In a quiet and green, a farm built on 5000m², offers five houses with private bathroom, kitchen, washer, dryer, laundry, barbecue, bed linen and towels are graciously lent you ; summer,...
Located 24 km from BailleulFrom 64 € to 84 € the double room 

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House for 4 personsAu cheval noir
Enjoy the charm of Flanders, in a green setting where peace and feed the authenticity of the place. The Black Horse bears its name. Indeed, in the old coaching inn, you could leave...
Located 29 km from BailleulFrom 250 € to 320 € per week 
Caravan for 4 personsGîte 'la Roulotte de la Cascade'  
For an unusual and unforgettable stay with family or lovers. Come discover the trailer of the cascade Lespesses. The trailer offers all the comforts for 4 people (electric heating,...
Located 29 km from BailleulFrom 250 € to 320 € per week 

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Hotel Fleur de Lys - Hotel in BailleulHotel Fleur de Lys     
Just 1 km from both the A25 motorway and Bailleul city centre, the Hotel Fleur de Lys provides parking and Wi-Fi free of charge to all guests. Each room has a private entrance and is...
Located in BailleulRoom from 62 €
Inter Hôtel Belle Hôtel - Hotel in BailleulInter Hôtel Belle Hôtel     
The hotel is located in the heart of Flanders, in a colourful setting that harmoniously blends classic style and modern facilities. Inter Hotel Belle Hotel welcomes you far from the...
Located in BailleulRoom from 87 €
Auberge du Vert Mont - Hotel in BailleulAuberge du Vert Mont    
Located 1.7 km from Boeschepe Centre and from the Belgium Border, Auberge du Vert Mont offers a French restaurant, a garden and a terrace. The rooms have a flat screen TV with cable...
Located 6.4 km from BailleulRoom from 60 €

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Kyriad Lille Est - Villeneuve d'Ascq
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