Laon

Travel Guide

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.

Kyriad Laon
Kyriad Laon
3 out of 5
111 Avenue Charles De Gaulle, Laon, Aisne, 2000
Fully refundable
The price is £44 per night from 10 Jun to 11 Jun
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Laon. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their ...
3.9/5 Good! (200 reviews)
"Good for a quick one night stay whilst on the road. But like most hotels in France, its not one that I would like to spend much time in. Good location near to the motorway, free parking and a 24hr reception. Thats all I need when on a road trip, arriving late and leaving early. Cheap price too. The ..."

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2021

Kyriad Laon
Hôtel du Tramway
Hôtel du Tramway
3 out of 5
11 Place des Droits de l'Homme, Laon, Aisne, 02000
The price is £69 per night from 19 May to 20 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Laon. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and on-site parking. Popular attractions Notre-Dame de Laon and Musee de Laon ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (42 reviews)
"The hotel appeared to have had a recent update but the rooms were quite small. There were not man6 dining options and Laon seemed very quiet for a Saturday night. Boulangerie nearby opened very early Sunday morning and petrol station nearby. Recommend for an overnight stay before channel ..."

Reviewed on 30 Jan 2022

Hôtel du Tramway
ibis Laon
ibis Laon
3 out of 5
Avenue Georges Pompidou, Laon, Aisne, 2000
Fully refundable
The price is £56 per night from 10 Jun to 11 Jun
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Laon. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the convenient parking ...
3.7/5 Good! (182 reviews)
Excellent value and comfort
"Excellent welcome and very helpful staff. The only disappointment was that, although we were warned in advance that the restaurant was closed, the receptionist/manager was preparing light meals, so we could have eaten in. The hotel was fine in all other respects."

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2021

ibis Laon
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Laon, Hauts-de-France
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Maison Séraphine - Sublime Maison de Famille de Caractère
Maison Séraphine - Sublime Maison de Famille de Caractère
Laon, Hauts-de-France
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Elegant Bourgeoise Style House
Elegant Bourgeoise Style House
6 Av. Georges Clemenceau, Laon, Aisne, 02000
Stay at this holiday home in Laon. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and private gardens. Popular attractions Musee de Laon and Notre-Dame de Laon are located nearby. ...
Elegant Bourgeoise Style House
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