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History lovers, head for Laon! Over the centuries, the former royal city has retained the buildings that made it great in the Middle Ages.

With its steep wooded paths, mansions and preserved mediaeval buildings, Laon, in Picardy, will delight seasoned historians and curious walkers alike. Built on an inlier and surrounded by more than 5 miles of ramparts, the town is crowned Notre-Dame Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece that was used as a model for the cathedrals of Paris and Chartres.

A town of art and history, Laon has more than 80 listed building, making it, according to some, the French municipality with the largest number of protected buildings per square mile. The upper part of the town has the lion's share, with the Episcopal Palace, adjoining the cathedral, or the Chapel of the Templars, built in a Romanesque style that is reminiscent of Provençal churches. But that's not all! You can also explore the town's three abbeys, one of which, the Abbey of Saint-Martin de Laon, is flanked by a superb 12th-century church. Finish your visit with a walk through the shaded streets of the plateau.

Looking for something to keep the kids occupied? Head underground in search of the town's famous underground passages, dug out of the hillside. The guided tour will let you discover the mediaeval quarries, as well as the more recent powder magazine and bunkers.

Once you’re on the continent, Laon can be reached by car from Brussels or Paris via the N2 motorway. Those coming from Reims or Calais can take the A26 motorway. Or if you prefer to travel by train, Laon has direct links to Paris, Reims and Calais. After you’ve arrived at the station, a shuttle service will take you to the town centre.

If Laon has aroused your curiosity, be sure to visit Reims, which is just 40 miles away. As another town synonymous with the history of French royalty, it too is home to prestigious buildings, not least its famous cathedral.

Top hotels in Laon

Kyriad Laon
Kyriad Laon
3 out of 5
111 Avenue Charles De Gaulle, Laon, Aisne
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £45 per night from 24 Oct to 25 Oct

Situated on the Strip, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Musee de Laon, Notre-Dame de Laon and Laon Hospital. Aqua Mundo - Le Lac d'Ailette and Ailette ...

3.9/5Very Good! (163 reviews)

"Good overnight stay option. Clean, comfortable, good amenities and restaurants nearby."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2020

Kyriad Laon
Premiere Classe Laon
Premiere Classe Laon
Rue Nicolas Appert, Laon, Aisne
The price is £33 per night from 4 Nov to 5 Nov

Situated in Laon, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Musee de Laon, Notre-Dame de Laon and Laon Hospital. Aqua Mundo - Le Lac d'Ailette and Ailette Golf ...

3.2/5 (166 reviews)

"super convenient. Clean. Plenty of good restaurants nearby. Only minor inconvenience was that the automatic check-in didn't work."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2020

Premiere Classe Laon
Hotel de la Banniere de France
Hotel de la Banniere de France
3 out of 5
11 rue roosevelt, Laon, Aisne
The price is £71 per night from 24 Oct to 25 Oct

Located in the heart of Laon, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Notre-Dame de Laon and Musee de Laon. Laon Hospital is 0.6 mi (1 km) away. Laon Station ...

3.6/5Good! (108 reviews)

"Lots of character in a real old-fashioned French hotel, and the man in charge is lovely! Super helpful and charming. We were there just before New Year, and the restaurant was closed, but he gave us a good recommendation for another one. The room was enormous, bathroom also. Breakfast is typical ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jan 2020

Hotel de la Banniere de France
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Laon

Furnished Room for 2
Furnished Room for 2
The price is £126 per night from 24 Oct to 25 Oct

Located in the heart of Laon, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Notre-Dame de Laon and Musee de Laon. Laon Hospital is 1.9 mi (3 km) away. Laon Station ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Lovely experience in Laon. Recommended!

"Nice place, house is just like the museum, funny cat and close to the historical centre, which is definitely the must! Got everything we needed. Thanks for having us there and taking care of us. Pity, our stay was too short, but we hope to get back someday."…"

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2016

Furnished Room for 2
La Maison aux Volets Bleus
La Maison aux Volets Bleus

Situated in Laon, this holiday home is within 2 miles (3 km) of Musee de Laon, Notre-Dame de Laon and Laon Hospital. Aqua Mundo - Le Lac d'Ailette and Ailette ...

La Maison aux Volets Bleus
Les Yourtes Bourcominoises
Les Yourtes Bourcominoises
20 Rue de l'Aisne, Bourg-et-Comin

Situated on the waterfront, this cottage is 5.8 mi (9.3 km) from Ailette Golf Club, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Dragon's Cave and Lac de l'Ailette. Fort de Condé ...

4.2/5Very Good! (10 reviews)

"Very comfortable yurts. Friendly owner, would highly recommend"…"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2020

Les Yourtes Bourcominoises
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Reviews of Laon

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Sep 2019

Only stayed one night for a stop over. Some interesting shops and buildings. Limited restaurants and bars in vicinity although the hotel did have its own restaurant and bistro.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Jul 2019

Would have like to have spent more time exploring this historic town. Great place to watch the sun set too.