A picturesque city in northern France, let’s take a closer look at things to do in Lens during this year’s football.
One of the main cities in north-eastern France, Lens will host heated football matches between England and Wales, as well as Albania and Switzerland, this summer. With many football fans travelling to France for the games, Lens is a great destination surrounded by some fantastic sights. This summer, make the most of your trip and explore the wider city of Lens, its history, culture and the best places to eat and drink.
The Louvre-Lens museum has fast become one of the main attractions in Lens © Forgemind ArchiMedia
If you’re in Lens for the football don’t forget to check out the Town Hall Square, where the official Fanzone is taking place. Just one kilometre from the Lens Bollaert-Delelis Stadium, the Town Hall Square Fanzone will have multiple large screens, showing all matches during the month of football this summer. With a capacity of up to 10,000 football fans, you don’t have to enter the stadium to be part of the action.
What to do
Located in the heart of Lens, the Louvre-Lens museum is a stunning building that displays art on loan from the Musée du Louvre, in Paris. The building is a sleek structure of glass and steel, with the external walls covered in aluminium, reflecting the surrounding natural landscape. Even if it’s just to see the amazing architecture, make the most of your trip to see the football in Lens by discovering some of the city’s culture.
Once indoors, you can find a great selection of short and long-term exhibitions, all from the Louvre in Paris. Although changeable, the exhibitions aim to cover a vast chronology, from the beginnings of the written word to 19th century masterpieces.
The Remembrance Trails
Surrounded by WWI monuments and trails to explore, Lens is jam-packed with historic sites to visit. One of the most eye-catching monuments is undoubtedly the Canadian memorial at Vimy Ridge, which remembers the 66,000 fallen Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in combat, while the nearby reconstructed-trenches allow you to see some of the areas used by soldiers during the battle on 9th April 1917.
It’s also possible to take a guided tour of the surrounding battlefields and memorials, by following a Remembrance Trail tour from Lens city centre. Experienced guides will take you to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette and the British
The amazing memorial at Vimy Ridge. © openroads.com
Where to eat
Le Pain de la Bouche
If you're looking to grab a bite to eat while in Lens, fewer places are more quintessentially French than this quaint restaurant. Serving up traditional French stews and filet mignon, plus delicious traditional French bread, faluche, and mouth-watering cheeses. The restaurant's cosy setting and friendly staff make it a wonderful stop for dinner – perfect after a busy day watching the football.
L'atelier de Marc Meurin
If you're looking for a restaurant with style, L'atelier de Marc Meurin is known for serving up delicious food, beautifully-presented. This restaurant is great for a special occasion, so why not make your trip to Lens even better and enjoy one of the city's finest eateries. Starters include smooth duck liver terrine with a freshly poached fig, while mains include hearty black angus beef, caramelised scallops and freshly caught fish of the day.
Just a 20-minute drive from Lens, check out the belfry and town hall at Arras.© David Merrett
Where to drink
Pub Mac Ewan's
In this part of northern France you won't struggle to find delicious local beers, but one place with an especially good selection is Pub Mac Ewan's, in the centre of Lens. There are lots of beers on tap to choose from, plus a surprising selection of whiskeys and rums if you prefer. Staff are friendly and happy to suggest a local drink for you to try, while the pub's five screens regularly broadcast popular sports, so it's a great alternative if you're looking for somewhere fun to watch the football.
Where to stay
Hotel de France
A large, practical hotel, the Hotel de France is just a 15-minute walk away from the Bollaert-Delelis Stadium, plus a little over two kilometres from the Musee du Louvre-Lens, so you're close to all the main sights and sounds of the city. This hotel is ideal if you're looking for a relaxed basecamp during your stay in Lens, with free WiFi and a restaurant and bar onsite.
La Villa Du Louvre Lens
Comfortable and welcoming, La Villa Du Louvre Lens is a quaint B&B which is near to the Bollaert-Delelis Stadium. The rooms are well decorated and clean, while breakfast is fresh with large portion sizes. This B&B is perfect for a quieter stay in Lens, with the building located on a calm road close to the Louvre-Lens museum.
Get excited to see the action at Lens’ Stade Bollaert-Delelis.© Guillaume Baviere
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