FACTORY OUTLETS, a bargain capital !
With 300 factories, Roubaix was renowned as being the ‘capital’ of the woollen industry and then the birthplace of mail order shopping, invented by La Redoute at Roubaix.
A new chapter in the life Roubaix was created in 1984 when the ‘bargain capital’ opened the first factory outlet centre in Europe, L’Usine, which today has 200 designer brand names in 85 shops.
The town also has another outlet village with 70 shops, McArthurGlen, as well La Redoute Aubaines Meubles et Déco (furniture and decoration) in the town centre, very near La Piscine museum.
PARC BARBIEUX, a green space at the heart of the town
This delightful park offers peace and tranquillity in the centre of the town. It is a great place for a family walk at any time of year with lots of plant varieties to discover or rediscover.
FIL DE BRIQUE heritage discovery trail
The Fil de Brique is a 2.4km heritage discovery trail on the road surface of Roubaix town centre. Created by Roubaix Tourisme, it leads visitors and tourists to the many interesting places which make Roubaix an Art and History town. Follow the blue trail on foot or on a scooter* with information poles along the way or a fun booklet* published by Minus Editions and Roubaix Tourisme.
*Available free-of-charge from La Bobine Roubaix Tourisme, 7 rue du chemin de fer, Roubaix.
« I had heard a lot about La Piscine museum in an extraordinary setting… and then we thought we just couldn’t miss out on the town’s industrial past : we learned loads about the clothing industry at La Manufacture … All in all we had a very busy day out in Roubaix between museums and shopping ! » Laurence, on a weekend break in the Lille area.
How to get to Roubaix
By train and tramway
By tramway from Lille Flandres Railway Station
A1 from Paris (220km)
A25 from Dunkerque (71km) and Calais (110km)
A23 from Valenciennes (56km)
A27 from Brussels (123km)
A22 from Ghent (73km) Antwerp (124km) and Amsterdam (287km).
Discover the Nord département and its ‘absolute musts’ with Gites de France Nord : Lewarde Mining History Centre, Lille, Parc du Val Joly, the seaside resort of Malo Les Bains."