Although it is one of the host cities for the Euro 2016 football tournament, Lens is one of northern France's hidden gems. Lens used to be thought of as an unexceptional mining city. Things have changed in recent years, with the opening of a branch of the Louvre Gallery and a renaissance in local cultural events, markets, restaurants and brewing. Lens isn't a large city, so visitors can see everything by foot, and it's worth the effort. You can wander around the well-preserved old town, or wander up the Rue Paul Bert to the Louvre - and get back to fine central eateries like Al Fosse or Le Tassili.
The main airport near Lens is at Lille. The best way to get to the city centre from the airport is to take the shuttle bus from the airport to the train station, and then a train from Lille. Trains get into the striking modernist station; Gare de Lens, located in the city centre.
By train is the most convenient way to get to Lens from the UK, the Eurostar runs from London to Lens, with a change at Lille in just three hours.
Buses run from London Victoria bus station and take just over five hours with a change at Lille
The city has an excellent tram and bus network operated by Tadeo, which should take you anywhere you need to go, but seeing the sights on foot is recommended. Hiring or taking your own bicycle is even better, and will allow visitors to reach nearby Arras in around an hour as well.
The Stade Bollaert-Delelis has been home to the RC Lens since 1933. The history of the club is deeply connected to its legendary stadium and it is especially famous for its audience singing the miners' song "Les Corons" at the beginning of each match. The stadium capacity of 38,223 is bigger than Lens population of 36,728 inhabitants.