Laon tourism and travel guide

Photo of Laon in Aisne

Visit Laon: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: The cathedral in Laon is an astonishing early gothic masterpiece, and the Museum of Laon is another unexpected highlight

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Laon. For detailed visitor information see the Laon travel guide.

Laon is situated in the Aisne department and Picardy region (now part of the Hauts-de-France region), in the north of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Aisne department (general information: Laon is 123 kilometres from Paris).

Tourist classifications for Laon include "secteur sauvegarde" and "town of art and history".

Popular places to visit nearby include Saint-Quentin at 41 km and Parfondeval at 42 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Laon, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Laon in Hauts-de-France.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Aisne

Map of places to visit near Laon

Markets in and near Laon

Market days in Laon: weekly market: Thursday;

  • Laon: market Thursday (0km)
  • Marle: market Friday (21km)
  • Braine: market Friday (26km)
  • Tergnier: market Thursday & Sunday (28km)
  • Guignicourt: market Friday (28km)
  • Fismes: market Saturday (29km)
  • Soissons: market Wednesday & Saturday (31km)
  • Chauny: market Friday (31km)
  • Origny-Sainte-Benoite: market Thursday (32km)
  • Vervins: market Saturday (34km)

More information about Laon, Picardy

Tourist attractions near Laon, France

Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Laon.

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Chateau Coucy (24km)
  • Towers of Reims Cathedral (45km)
  • Tau Palace (45km)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Berzy-le-Sec (Berzy-le-sec) (35km)
  • Cathédrale de Reims (Reims) (45km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin de Bosmont-sur-Serre (24km)
  • Jardins du château (32km)
  • Jardin du château de la Muette (56km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Réserve naturelle du marais de Vesles-et-Caumont (15km)
  • Réserve naturelle des Landes de Versigny (16km)
  • Réserve naturelle des Marais d'Isle (40km)
  • Foret de Retz (53km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Vivaise (8km)
  • Ebouleau (20km)
  • Gauchy (39km)
  • Chamery (49km)
  • Rilly-la-Montagne (54km)

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Laon

Canton: Laon

Arrondissement: Laon

Department: Aisne

Region: Picardy

New region: Hauts-de-France

Postcode: 0

Distance to Laon

from Laon (prefecture): 2 km

from Paris: 123 km

from Calais: 200 km

from Nice: 708 km

from Bordeaux: 615 km

from Strasbourg: 318 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Laon from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 12 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Athies-sous-Laon, Aulnois-sous-Laon, Besny-et-Loizy, Bruyeres-et-Montberault, Chambry, Cheret, Chivy-les-Etouvelles, Clacy-et-Thierret, Etouvelles, Monceau-le-Waast, Parfondru and Vorges.

This page in French: Visiter Laon