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Guided tours for individuals

Group tours of certain areas of CERN are highly in demand and, depending on the language, sometimes have a waiting list of several months. This is why we also offer tours for individuals. Individuals can sign up for a tour at much shorter notice. The tour itinerary is different to that of the group tours.

A tour for individuals offers an introduction to CERN, allowing visitors to discover the history of the Laboratory and the latest scientific developments. The tour consists of a visit to a historic area of CERN and to the operations centre of one of the experiments. Immersive audio-visual presentations complement the information provided by the tour guide. The tour is in English or French and lasts around two hours.

Please note that this tour does not include an underground visit.

The tour is on foot (outdoors and indoors) with a maximum of 24 people in the group.

Tours in English:     Mondays to Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Tours in French: Wednesday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Practical information:

·         All tour participants must carry a valid identity card or passport.

·         Closed and flat or square-heeled shoes must be worn throughout the tour (floor grating).

In addition to your tour, you can discover the two permanent exhibitions at your leisure: the Microcosm, next to Reception, and the Universe of Particles, on the ground floor of the Globe of Science and Innovation.

Due to major refurbishments , Microcosm exhibition will be closed from Monday 8 December 2014 and will reopen to visitors in Summer 2015.

Follow this link to find out how to get to CERN.



Due to limited capacity and high demand, you must reserve your tour by completing the individual reservation form online.

Reservations for tours open 15 days in advance. (An additional tour is open for booking 3 days in advance to allow late bookings).

For groups of more than 7 people, please complete the group reservation form!

We can only accept tour requests submitted using the form below.

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