Guided tours for individuals

Conditions

  • Guided tours to individuals or groups of less than 12 visitors are proposed in English and French only.
  • Tours will be organized in groups of 24 visitors in the same language.
  • All tours are free of charge.
  • Due to the nature of our activities, we recommend that children be aged at least 12 years to join guided tours. Our permanent exhibitions are more suitable for younger children.
  • Minors MUST be accompanied by at least one adult.

Content

  • The tour offers a movie introduction to CERN, followed by a visit to an 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 lasts around two hours and is on foot and takes place outdoors and indoors.
  • Please note that these tours do not include any underground visits.

In addition to your tour, you can explore our two permanent exhibitions: the Microcosm, next to Reception, and the Universe of Particles, on the ground floor of the Globe of Science and Innovation  - (Opening hours).

Tours in English

  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9 a.m.              
10 a.m.              
11 a.m. 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m.
11 a.m.
to 1 p.m.
  11 a.m.
to 1 p.m.
11 a.m.
to 1 p.m.
   
12 p.m.      
1 p.m. 1 p.m.
to 3 p.m.
1 p.m.
to 3 p.m.
1 p.m.
to 3 p.m.
1 p.m.
to 3 p.m.
1 p.m.
to 3 p.m.
1 p.m.
to 3 p.m.
 
2 p.m.  
3 p.m.              
4 p.m.              
5 p.m.              

Additional tours in English may be added anytime, especially on Saturdays and during the summer period - check agenda on the booking form.

Tours in French

  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9 a.m.              
10 a.m.              
11 a.m.     11 a.m.
to 1 p.m.
    11 a.m.
to 1 p.m.
 
12 p.m.          
1 p.m.              
2 p.m.              
3 p.m.              
4 p.m.              
5 p.m.              

Important instructions

  • Please check the following important instructions. Failure to respect any of these instructions may lead to your guided tour being cancelled.

Frequently asked questions

Procedure to request a tour

  • You have to book your Guided tour for individuals by submitting the form below. Your tour will only be confirmed once you receive a positive answer by e-mail.
  • Filling in the form does NOT guarantee that you will succeed in getting a place on a guided tour.
  • 15 days in advance, at 08:30 a.m. CET, half of the capacity (i.e. 12 people per tour) is released for booking.
  • 3 days in advance, at 08:30 a.m. CET, the remaining half of the capacity (i.e. 12 people per tour) is released for booking,
  • The system is based on first in first served philosophy.
  • Due to CERN site access rules, once your guided tour is accepted, you will have to provide the identity of all visitors (last name, first name, date of birth, place of birth, country of birth and nationality) within 48 hours. Failure to do so may lead to the cancelation of your guided tour.
    More information on what we do with visitors personal data.

Please note that...

  • CERN is open to all but receives many more requests for places on tours than it can accommodate.
  • Even though CERN considers outreach, and therefore guided tours, as part of its key missions, its main mission is fundamental research.
  • Therefore, budgetary, technical and safety constraints limit CERN visits service's capacity (even though CERN welcomes more than 130,000 visitors each year on guided tours).
  • It is not unusual that available places on Guided tours for individuals are filled within seconds everyday at 08:30 a.m. CET!
  • If you cannot make your Guided tour for individuals booking here are some alternative solutions:
    • Try another date.
    • Check our webpage regularly as it is not unusual that we add extra individual tours on a last minute basis.
    • Our permanent exhibitions offer a very good alternative to get an idea on what CERN looks like from the inside. They are accessible freely, no reservation needed.
    • Form a group of 12 visitors and try to book your tour up to 3 months in advance.

We thank you for your understanding.

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