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Laon Office de tourisme
place de la Cathedrale Laon

Tel:+33 (0)3 23 20 28 62
Fax:+33 (0)3 23 20 68 11

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Laon is the capital of the Aisne department and occupies a commanding position on the top of a narrow ridge looking out over the Champagne plains.  

The medieval walled town oozes history such as the 12th century octagonal Knights Templar Chapelle des Templiers and the web of 18th century houses that fan out from the Cathedrale de Notre-Dame.  The cathedral was built in the second half of the 12th century and was so ahead of its time that parts of its design were copied at Chartres, Reims and Notre-Dame in Paris.  The city ramparts of the old town are also a must for fine views of the surrounding plains.

Laon is a good spot for cycling and walking in the forest of St-Gobain, the site of one of the greatest castles of the Middle Ages, Coucy-le-Chateau.


What to See - Laon Attractions

Maison des Arts et Loisirs
Laon 02000
from ballet to jazz concerts, opera and classical theatre
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)3 23 26 30 30

Hotel du Petit-Saint-Nicolas
8 rue du 13 octobre, Laon 02000
magical turreted facade of a 16th century abbey

Rue Chatelaine
medieval quarter, Laon 02000
pedestrianised street leading to Notre-Dame cathedral is a great place to shop

Eglise St-Martin
medieval quarter, Laon 02000
from here you'll get the best views out over the surrounding plains

Poma mini-metro
Laon 02000
cable car that takes you up to the medieval old quarter from the square infront of the train station
| Admission charge

Musee de Laon
32 rue Georges Ermant, Laon 02000
archaeological finds from the local area on display here
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)3 23 20 19 87