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“Avoid the new city!”

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Laon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 August 2013

We were camping nearby at a place called Guignicourt and decided to take the train into Laon. Easy fast journey on the ever excellent SNCF.
On arrival at Laon followed the signs to "Cite Medeival". A long steep climb which could have been avoided had we found the funicular railway (more of this later).
The old city is very attractive and the Cathedral is a gem.
There are lots of small restaurants including the usual touristy places right outside the Cathedral though they are all reasonably priced.
The funicular track runs from just outside the main railway station. Exit the station and cross a paved area and bear to the left. The "poma" station is tucked round the corner and for a couple of Euros return you can save yourself a lot of effort. It takes about 5 mins and the terminus is right in the middle of the old city behind the Marie.

Thank Rae P
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

A magnificent medieval cathedral that has fallen into disrepair...still worth a trip as is the charming town in which it sits.

1  Thank Stephanie M
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

This place has it all - you can see it from miles around it has ambience (stunning classical music playing when we were there), history, architecture..everything. Excellent tourist information centre near the entrance too.

Thank JIll7Gloucestershire
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

Superb building, full of light and very serene. Dominates the city. Avoid the google suggested route from the lower town (esp. Etap), meanders through a 'council estate' and up some dubious, very difficult rocky path. Take the longer route or find some transport. The cathedral was worth the visit though. From the Ibis hotel the nearby Carrefour was very pleasant and had a good cafeteria which seemed to be open all hours.

1  Thank Thatldo
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

Saw several Gothic buildings on this trip, each with its own character. This one was particularly friendly and charming with sculptured animals peering out from the towers (which you can climb for better view of the city and cathedral)

Thank ezbee722
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