Lens tourism and travel guide

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Visit Lens: highlights and tourist information

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Lens is situated in the Pas-de-Calais department and Nord-Pas-de-Calais region (now part of the Hauts-de-France region), in the north of France at 16 kilometres from Arras, the department capital (general information: Lens is 178 kilometres from Paris).

Popular places to visit nearby include Arras Carriere Wellington at 17 km and Arras at 17 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Lens, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Lens in Hauts-de-France.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

 
 

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Pas-de-Calais

Map of places to visit near Lens

Markets in and near Lens

Market days in Lens: weekly market: Tuesday & Saturday & Friday;

  • Lens: market Tuesday & Saturday & Friday (0km)
  • Avion: market Thursday (2km)
  • Lievin: market Wednesday & Sunday (4km)
  • Harnes: market Thursday (5km)
  • Billy-Montigny: market Sunday (6km)
  • Grenay: market Tuesday (7km)
  • Henin-Beaumont: market Tuesday & Friday (8km)
  • Bully-les-Mines: market Thursday (8km)
  • Courrieres: market Wednesday (9km)
  • Carvin: market Saturday (11km)

More information about Lens, Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Tourist attractions near Lens, France

Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Lens.

Heritage sites

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Regional Natural Parcs

  • Scarpe-Escaut (41km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Cathédrale Notre Dame de La Treille (Lille) (28km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame de Vaucelles (Les Rues-des-Vignes) (49km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Le parc Barbieux (36km)
  • Parc du château de Sericourt (40km)
  • Le jardin du Manoir-aux-Loups (45km)
  • La ferme du mont des Récollets (48km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Réserve naturelle régionale du Marais de Wagnonville (17km)
  • Réserve naturelle du Jardin écologique du Vieux-Lille (29km)
  • Réserve naturelle régionale de la Tourbière de Vred (29km)
  • Réserve naturelle régionale du Pré des Nonnettes (30km)
  • Les Prés du Hem (30km)
  • Réserve naturelle nationale des étangs du Romelaëre (55km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Wattignies (23km)
  • Wasquehal (34km)
  • Mastaing (36km)
  • Tourcoing (40km)
  • Boubers-sur-Canche (45km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Parc zoologique de Lille (28km)
 
 

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Lens

Canton: Lens

Arrondissement: Lens

Department: Pas-de-Calais

Region: Nord-Pas-de-Calais

New region: Hauts-de-France

Postcode: 62300

Distance to Lens

from Arras (prefecture): 16 km

from Paris: 178 km

from Calais: 90 km

from Nice: 820 km

from Bordeaux: 672 km

from Strasbourg: 410 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Lens from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 20 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Acheville, Angres, Annay, Avion, Billy-Montigny, Bois-Bernard, Eleu-Dit-Leauwette, Estevelles, Fouquieres-les-Lens, Givenchy-en-Gohelle, Harnes, Hulluch, Lievin, Loison-sous-Lens, Loos-en-Gohelle, Mericourt, Noyelles-sous-Lens, Rouvroy, Sallaumines and Vendin-le-Vieil.

This page in French: Visiter Lens