Top 10 Things to do in Laon, France

March 17, 2018 Hana Mouser

Laon in France, from Europe region, is best know for Sacred & Religious Sites. Discover best things to do in Laon with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
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1. Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon

8 rue du Cloitre, 02000 Laon, France +33 3 23 20 26 54
Excellent
64%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 833 reviews

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon

Reviewed By Eli B - Sydney, Australia

Trailing behind tourist groups following a flag-wielding interperator is always fun in foreign climes. I think what was discussed with historic passion was that the cathedral's four storey internal elevation marks a transition from the thick-walled Romanesque architecture to the thin walled vertically of Gothic. Considering i was using a guide book as backup it was a good-feel to come to this clear interpretation.
Laon is spectacularly sited on a rock outcrop, and i have to say, this church is the most complete of this era's churches and one of the most impressive with five soaring towers. The village is not for adventurous types, but great to hang back in a say read a book or send of a whac of photos

2. Office de Tourisme du Pays de Laon

Place du parvis Gautier de Mortagne, 02000 Laon, France +33 3 23 20 28 62
Excellent
55%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 69 reviews

Office de Tourisme du Pays de Laon

The Pays de Laon offers a wealth of natural and historic heritage sites! The medieval, hilltop city of Laon and its Gothic Cathedral is a must-see, as are the WWI Battlefields of the Chemin des Dames, and the undulating landscapes of the surrounding countryside! Lovers of the French of way of life will also want to try a host of local specialities and traditional restaurants…

Reviewed By twofromLA - Riverside, California

I am glad there is a separate listing for the tourist office attached to the Cathedral, because it gives me a chance to give them a poor rating.
They could do much better!
There were three or four employees
In the office and we were the only tourists at the time and we really did not receive any help.
In fact we were left to feel like us being there was inconveniencing them.
Loved Laon and the Cathedral, but the tourist office needs some work. It did not compare favorably
to the other TI's we visited and is certainly not the way I would run my shop.

3. Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation

5 Place Carnegie | Fargniers, 02700 Laon, France +33 3 23 57 93 77
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation

Reviewed By neilcTillicoultry - Tillicoultry

During a recent 3 week holiday in the Aisne valley we had a spare day and decided to visit this museum and we were very pleased we made the effort. It is small but very comprehensive museum devoted mainly to the Resistance in this part of France. Most of the exhibit descriptions are in French but they all have short footnotes in English. The museum is very well laid out and the different sections are easy to follow. Another part of the museum covers the deportation to the concentration camps which is always very moving.
There is also a display of wreckage of a FW190 and a Lockheed P38 including the stories of the 2 pilots. Looking through the Museum visitor book it seems that not many British people have visited. It is a little bit of the main routes but if you have time make the effort, you will not be dissapointed.

4. Porte d'Ardon

Promenade de la Couloire, 02000 Laon, France +33 3 23 20 28 62
Excellent
58%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

Porte d'Ardon

Reviewed By SouthWalesPeter - South Wales

This is one of the key sites in Laon. So picturesque you almost forget it's authentic. It is one of the many historic features which require visitors to allow sufficient time to fully appreciate the city.

5. Chapelle des Templiers

32 rue Georges Ermant, 02000 Laon, France
Excellent
45%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Chapelle des Templiers

Reviewed By SouthWalesPeter - South Wales

Not far from the Cathedral this is quite easy to get to on foot, but with ample parking nearby. The passage of time has not been kind to this building and although it has an austere beauty and some interesting features the suggestion of neglect, possibly abuse by previous generation detracts from the experience. There is attention required to some discoloured stone and surfaces, nothing too major, but enough to suggest it is cared for. Most ancient former places of worship retain something of the numinous and a tranquillity which I did not experience here. All the same a must see, and in the right conditions a seat in the garden could offer a rest

6. Cavavin

54 rue Eugene Leduc, 02000 Laon, France +33 9 82 40 23 03
Excellent
82%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

Cavavin

Reviewed By Luke S

Absolument parfait !
Vous voulez faire un cadeau allez y
Vous avez un gros budget ... allez y
Vous avez un tout petit budget... allez y!
Je n'ai jamais été déçu ni par la qualité des vins proposés ni pas l'accueil.
Franchement c est top

7. Musee d'Art et d'Archeologie

32 rue Georges Ermant, 02000 Laon, France +33 3 23 20 19 87
Excellent
22%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
35%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 31 reviews

Musee d'Art et d'Archeologie

Reviewed By AllanJGJ - Wellington, New Zealand

As from other reviewers have said this is a somewhat unusual museum. While one might have expected something about the fascinating history of Laon (particularly given the Templar church in the grounds) there's none of that. Instead it seems to be a number of collections of artifacts from prehistory on, one assumes donated by notables in the town over the generations. But once you accept that and start looking there are some amazing quality artifacts from Egypt, through Greece and Rome to medieval times. And at only 4 Euros entry it's a bargain - particularly when it's teeming cats and dogs outside!

8. Ensemble abbatial Saint-Martin

Place Soeur Marie Catherine, 02000 Laon, France +33 3 23 20 28 62
Excellent
36%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 11 reviews

Ensemble abbatial Saint-Martin

Reviewed By SouthWalesPeter - South Wales

This looks wonderful from the outside, but you can get no further. The Office de Tourisme says it is open only for services, and I don't know how frequent they are. It remains shut because the Office said 'there is no one to open it', which makes me wonder why it features quite so much in their publicity which has very interesting pictures of the interior. The place seems extremely well maintained, but because of the very restricted access, it's not possible to give a higher rating

9. Porte de Soissons

Rue Pierre Curie, 02000 Laon, France +33 3 23 20 28 62
Excellent
25%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Porte de Soissons

Reviewed By Kev A - Brigg, United Kingdom

Laon, the medieval centre is well worth a visit and a walk around, theres simply too much to write about, but the old town atop the hilltop issimply stunning, and the Porte de Soissons is just one part of a well kept secret.

10. Poma 2000

Laon, France
Excellent
21%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
21%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 32 reviews

Poma 2000

Reviewed By johnhouston2 - Knaresborough, United Kingdom

As you might expect from the lack of recent reviews, this transportation system is no longer operative. The tracks etc are still in place, but overgrown and I don't know if there are plans afoot to re-open it.
We parked at the foot of the town as car parking in the old town can be difficult to find. We then walked up to the Cathedral and can advise that it is a rather steep hike!

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