Guided tours of CERN for schools

Every year, CERN welcomes almost 100 000 visitors from all over the world, who come to learn about its installations from our official guides. 40% of these visitors are school pupils.
Guided tours of CERN are free of charge.

For safety reasons, only those aged 13 years and over are permitted to visit the CERN sites.
The group must include at least one accompanying adult for every 12 pupils under the age of 18.
Certain sites are open to primary-school pupils from the age of 10; please contact for information.

For non-school groups of 8 people or more, please see the Guided tours for groups page.
For individuals or smaller groups of up to 7 people, please see the Guided tours for individuals page.

A school tour lasts three hours and consists of an introductory talk about CERN and a visit to two operational sites: These may be accelerators, control rooms, technical facilities or high-technology workshops.
It may also be possible to combine a tour with one of our other educational activities on the same day – for example, S’Cool LAB or a visit to the Microcosm or Universe of Particles exhibitions.

Please note that the visits to the underground installations are extremely limited and that some site, underground in particular, are not accessible to visitors below 16.

CERN can be reached using the TPG public transport system (Bus Y or Tram 18 – ‘CERN' stop).

Additional information can be found on the Visits Service website.


Monday to Saturday at 9 a.m. or 2 p.m. (other times are possible on request).


3 hours (longer or shorter tours are possible on request).

Minimum age



English and French

How to sign up

It is advisable to book tours as early as possible (up to 9 months in advance) using the online form.
Don’t forget to check the FAQ page to prepare for your visit.


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