Laon tourism and travel guide

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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

Laon is situated in the Aisne department and Hauts-de-France region.

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.

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

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Saint-Quentin at 41 km and Parfondeval at 42 km.

Laon, France: places to visit and attractions

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



at 31 km (direction west-south-west)

In Soissons you can explore the abbey and the cathedral before taking a pleasant...

See Soissons guide


at 41 km (direction north-west)

In the central square in Saint-Quentin, the 16th century town hall is a remarkable...

See Saint-Quentin guide


Most Beautiful Village at 42 km (direction east-north-east)

The small and rather remote village of Parfondeval is lso very picturesque and centred...

See Parfondeval guide


Heritage Site at 45 km (direction south-east), in the Marne department

In the attractive and lively centre of Reims you can see three UNESCO listed...

See Reims guide


at 47 km (direction west), in the Oise department

The medieval centre of Noyon is dominated by its cathedral in the 'transition' style...

See Noyon guide


at 54 km (direction west-south-west), in the Oise department

In Pierrefonds village visit one of the most lovely castles in northern France and...

See Pierrefonds guide
La Ferte-Milon

La Ferte-Milon

at 58 km (direction south-west)

The curious facade of a 14th century castle dominates your visit to La Ferté-Milon...

See La Ferte-Milon guide

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

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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

What to do at Laon? 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

Laon is in the north of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Aisne department (general information: Laon is 123 kilometres from Paris).

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