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A town of art and history

Noyon, a town of 15,000 inhabitants, is located in the heart of Picardy, 1 hour form Paris, where the valleys of the Rivers Oise and Verse meet. It is a surprising town, pleasant to live in. Noyon invites you to get away from it all and enjoy a change of scene throughout your stay.

Since 1998, the town has been designated Ville d’Art et d’Histoire (a town of art and history) by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. This title is a token of national gratitude for the work undertaken by the heritage and architecture promotional services to highlight the value of the town’s heritage. This label also guarantees the proficiency of the guide/lecturers.

To find out more about this network of 146 Towns and Regions of Art and History, visit www.vpah.culture.fr  

Heritage Promotional Service

The architecture and heritage promotional service offers activities all the year round for the local population, visitors and schools.

Hôtel de ville
Place Bertrand Labarre
60400 Noyon 
Tel: 33 (0)3 44 09 76 12
Email: ani-patrimoine@noyon.fr

There are numerous visits available for:

  • Individuals :
    • from January to April (information from the Tourist Office)
    • from May to September, every Friday evening and Sunday afternoon
  • For children: in Summer and on Heritage Wednesdays, for 6 – 12 year olds

See the Excursions and Events section for more information!

Guided tours of Noyon

Guided tours of Noyon are led by qualified guide-lecturers, certified by the Ministry of Culture and Communication. Passionately interested in culture, these guide-lecturers know all about local history and the highlights in their territory.

Sylvie HENRY, Guide-lecturer:
"I came to Picardy by chance, and fell under the spell of Noyon and the surrounding region. As a guide-lecturer, I want to share this deep attachment while giving visitors the key to a heritage that is as rich as it is varied, and where History is made up of little everyday stories. My greatest pleasure? When a visitor wants to come back again and says: ‘See you soon’."

Florence GODEFROY, Guide-lecturer:
"I was born in Picardy, and I am passionately interested in history, heritage and culture. I became a guide-lecturer to try and share my passion with you! I have also learnt sign language to make visits easier for people who are deaf or cannot understand."
To find out more about guided tours for groups, go to the Groups section, and for individual visits, go to the Excursions and Events section.

The Tourist Office is recruiting Guide-lecturers: annonce (pdf - 491.68 ko)

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Tourist Office
Place Bertrand Labarre
60400 Noyon - France

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Phone : +33 (0)3 44 44 21 88
Fax : +33 (0)3 44 93 08 53

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Latitude : 49.58072
Longitude : 3.000114

From the 4th  week of September to 18th of April

From 2 pm to 5 pm on Monday
From 10 am to 12 am and from 2 pm to 5 pm,  from Tuesday to Saturday

From the 20th of April to the 13th June

From 2 pm to 6 pm on Monday
From 10 am to 12 am and from 2 pm to 6 pm,  from Tuesday to Saturday

From the 15th  June to the 3rd  week of September

From 2 pm to 6 pm on Monday
From 10 am to 12.30 am and from 1.30 pm to 6 pm, from Tuesday to Friday
From 10 am to 12.30 am and from 2 pm to 6 pm, on Saturday
From 10.30 am to 12.30 am on Sunday