Come to Avignon and enjoy its castle, history and sightseeing.

As the heart of Christianity in the Middle Ages, the City of Popes has retained its charm and its impressive architecture, while becoming a Mecca for culture with its theatre festival, not to mention its bridge, immortalised in the famous song!

To visit Avignon is to step back in time to age of knights: explore the monumental Papal Palace, sitting atop the Rocher des Doms, built in the 14th century under the auspices of Popes Benedict XII and Clement VI. It is the largest Gothic palace in the West and its 25 rooms that are open to the public will delight those with an interest in history and religion.

But this imposing rock, which dominates the city and the Rhône, is not home just to the palace. Once your visit is finished, set off to explore the Pont Saint-Bénézet, the Ramparts, Avignon Cathedral and the city walls, all UNESCO World Heritage sites. Art-lovers should head for the Musée du Petit Palais, which is famous for its paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

If it's culture you crave, Avignon is the perfect destination: in addition to its museums, its opera house and its exhibition park, the city hosts the famous Avignon Festival every July. Established by Jean Vilar in 1947, it is one of the oldest theatre festivals in the world and offers nearly 40 shows in around 20 venues, from small chapels to the legendary Cour d'honneur of the Papal Palace.

The city is a real architectural and historic gem, which is still very easy to reach via the Mediterranean high-speed line: Marseilles is only 30 minutes away, Lyon an hour and Paris 2 hours 40 minutes. The small Avignon–Provence airport is also five miles away from the city. The city is also right on Provence's doorstep, so is an ideal base from which to explore the region.

Known for

Museums, Cafés and Historical Buildings

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Where to stay in Avignon

Avignon City Centre
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Avignon City Centre

Known for Castles, Festivals, Rivers

4.5/5(45 reviews)

River views, historical sites and museums highlight some of the noteworthy features of Avignon City Centre. Make a stop by Place de l'Horloge or Palais des Papes while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Top hotels in Avignon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel de I'Horloge
Hotel de I'Horloge
4 out of 5
1 Rue Felicien David, Place De I Horloge, Avignon, Vaucluse
£83
per night
26 Oct-27 Oct
4.2/5Excellent! (1,043 reviews)

"Beautiful, small hotel in the heart of the City. Hotel offers u a 5 minute parking to unload baggage. Paid parking available 5 minutes away. Spotlessly clean. Wonderful breakfast and service . Loved our stay"…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019

Hotel de I'Horloge
Bristol Hotel
Bristol Hotel
3 out of 5
44 Cours Jean Jaures, Avignon, Vaucluse
£52
per night
28 Oct-29 Oct
4.1/5Very Good! (460 reviews)

"Very good location in the middle of Avignon. Easy parking across the street and a decent breakfast provided. Wished they had a few more options but overall very happy with our stay."…"

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2019

Bristol Hotel
Avignon Grand Hotel
Avignon Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
34 Boulevard Saint Roch, Avignon, Vaucluse
£87
per night
11 Nov-12 Nov
4.2/5Very Good! (1,204 reviews)

"Attractive lobby. Comfortable beds. Great location"…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019

Avignon Grand Hotel

Popular things to do in Avignon

Palais des Papes
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Palais des Papes

4.5/5(37 reviews)

Built to house and protect France’s 14th-century popes, one of Europe’s largest Gothic palaces dominates Avignon’s skyline and cultural life.

Pont Saint-Bénézet
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Pont Saint-Bénézet

4/5(35 reviews)

One of Avignon’s most iconic landmarks is a bridge that literally goes nowhere, yet continues to draw travelers from all over the globe.

Parc des Expositions
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Parc des Expositions

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Attend a concert, sporting event, art exhibition or even a circis at this stunning center just outside Avignon.

Avignon Cathedral
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Avignon Cathedral

4.5/5(14 reviews)

Celebrate mass in this resting place of 14th-century popes, or simply visit to enjoy the spiritual and artistic treasures within this beautiful Romanesque cathedral.

City Walls
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City Walls

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at City Walls in Avignon. Discover the local cheese shops and festivals in this walkable area.

Rue de la Republique
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Rue de la Republique

You can learn about the history of Avignon when you stop by Rue de la Republique. You can seek out the local tours while in the area.

Top activities in Avignon

Full-Day Best of Provence Tour
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Full-Day Best of Provence Tour

£99

Follow winding roads past fields packed with lavender, explore medieval cities perched atop ochre cliffs, and get up-close looks at a Roman-era aqueduct. With an experienced guide to share colorful commentary along the way, explore all that Provence has to offer on this immersive day tour.

Provence in a Day from Marseille
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Provence in a Day from Marseille

£113

Explore the iconic locations of Provence on this full-day tour. Visit the remarkable Palais des Papes in Avignon, see the magnificent Pont du Gard, taste local vintages in the wine-centric town of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and discover the charming hilltop village of Les Baux-de-Provence.

Tavel & Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tour
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Tavel & Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Tour

£61

Go on an unforgettable wine-tasting adventure in the stunning Rhône valley. Discover the 2,000-year-old heritage and history of wine in Provence, and join classes in beautiful chateaus to hone your tasting technique.

All Provence in One Day
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All Provence in One Day

£96

Take in the wonders of Provence on a guided full-day tour from Avignon. Enjoy a scenic drive through beautiful vineyards and luxuriant vegetation and discover picturesque villages, including Pont du Gard, Les Baux-de-Provence, and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

Half-Day Secret Camargue Tour
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Half-Day Secret Camargue Tour

£72

Delve into the wilderness of the Camargue, a coastal wetland populated by pink flamingoes, white horses, and black bulls. Visit the Pont de Gau Ornithological Park for up-close looks at the region’s winged residents, and take in the views from the church bell tower in historic Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Transfer les baux de Provence to Marseille Airport
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Transfer les baux de Provence to Marseille Airport

£35

You end up your stress when you are waiting for your taxi Private transport service only for your group. Travel direct to your destination without additional stops or waiting.