Situated at the crossroads of Europe, close to the UK and Germany, Lens is a Northern French city whose inhabitants are renowned for their legendary warmth and welcoming spirit. It is also a city of culture par excellence, typified by the famous Parisian museum, the Louvre, which has opened its regional offshoot here, hosting exhibitions which are representative of the extraordinary collections of this famous institution. Make sure you also visit nearby commemorative sites such as the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette French military cemetery, the Ring of Remembrance, the Canadian memorial at Vimy etc.

Centre-ville de Lens
©Tourisme Lens-Liévin / Laurent Lamacz
  Lens: rendez-vous in town


Don't miss


  • Visit the Musée du Louvre-Lens, with its Gallery of Time (free admission): free bus service from the station
  • Stroll through the city centre, admiring its Art Deco façades
  • Visit the railway station, a listed historic monument
  • Explore the region’s mining history with a visit to the 11/19 pit and twin slag heaps, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Pay your respects at the Ring of Remembrance
  • Gain an understanding of the First World War at the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette French military cemetery in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire
  • Take a trip by TER train to Arras, visiting its belfry (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and large squares with their Flemish Baroque-style façades
  • Travel by TER train to Béthune to visit its main square, the Grand’Place, its town hall and belfry, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site