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Notre Dame Cathedral: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Self-Guided Tour & Skip-the-Line Ticket to Sainte Chapelle

    1. Self-Guided Tour & Skip-the-Line Ticket to Sainte Chapelle

    Take a self-guided tour and admire the Sainte Chapelle, a gem of Gothic style. This self-guided tour makes it possible for you to admire this unique monument and learn it's fascinating history. Get a skip-the-line ticket and a booklet for a self-guided tour. Spend an hour admiring the spectacular stained-glass windows that contribute to make Sainte Chapelle the jewel of the French Gothic. Arranged across 15 windows, each 15-meters high, the stained glass panes depict 1,113 scenes from the Old Testament and New Testament, recounting the history of the world up to the arrival of the relics in Paris. The Holy Chapel story is deeply linked to sacred relics and items such as the Crown of Thorns or the Image of Edessa that were kept there. Having these sacred relics in his possession made the already powerful monarch the head of western Christianity and allowed him to gain power and influenc...

    Beautiful. Worth the visit. Add the audio tour before at the Sainte Chapelle before you begin your visit.

  • Sainte-Chapelle & Conciergerie Combined Skip-the-Line Ticket

    2. Sainte-Chapelle & Conciergerie Combined Skip-the-Line Ticket

    Make the most of your visit to the Palais de la Cité by visiting 2 remarkable monuments: Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie. During your visit to the Conciergerie, explore the ancient court of the French Revolution. At this picturesque site, see the cells of criminals and the tombs of the heroes of the French Revolution. Alongside the Conciergerie, enjoy Sainte-Chapelle, one of the most stunning examples of Gothic architecture in the world. Admire the ancient stained glass windows, with an impressive depth of color and beautiful design. With this ticket, spend as much time as you want at each of those iconic Parisian monuments. Choose to discover the Conciergerie's medieval and revolution-era rooms as well as the spaces that have disappeared with the HistoPad. This digital mediation tool allows you to go back in time thanks to its augmented reality, 3D reconstructions, and interactiv...

    Please get the guided tour so you can understand exactly where everything is, why it's there, and who developed it. Learning the story behind something makes it a lot more interesting

  • Paris: Dark City Secrets Walking Tour

    3. Paris: Dark City Secrets Walking Tour

    Throughout your 2-hour guided tour you will discover the dark side of the center of Paris. Choose between a shared or private experience, which will begin at the former main site of the bloody and popular public executions, which were both adored and appreciated by Parisians. You will see how cruelly they used to punish convicted criminals, as well as the occasional unfortunate innocent person too. Paris is a haunted city with plenty of ghosts and phantoms. One famous French poet became the ghost that today haunts a theater, another one was injured during a fire and has since never left the Opera House. You'll learn about the "evil queen" of France, and how another spirit haunted her all the way up until her final days. Demons and devilish beings are everywhere in Paris, with the Notre-Dame Cathedral containing plenty of them on its exterior. On this facade there are so many creepy ...

    This was a fun tour! Simon our guide was excellent (watch out for the great impersonation of the French) and extremely personable. Great stories complemented by his own experiences brought it all to life. In the end we were having such a great time that we didn’t even notice that we had run over time by about 40 minutes and were sad to have reached the end. We always take walking tours wherever we go - this is a keeper.

  • Paris: Sunset Cruise with Drink and City Walking Tour

    4. Paris: Sunset Cruise with Drink and City Walking Tour

    Get the best of the French capital with a 1-hour sightseeing cruise along the Seine. Admire sunset views of Paris before embarking on an audio tour of the city. Set sail along the Seine for a relaxing sunset cruise with amazing views of city highlights. Enjoy the ambiance on board with your choice of drink and calming electro-lounge music. Capture stunning photos along the river from the famous bridges to the most iconic monuments in Paris. Hop off to explore the city at your own pace with an audio-guided walking tour. Choose between 10 available tours in Paris such as Montmartre, Street Art, or the Eiffel Tower tour.

    Lovely boat with perfect views of Paris during sunset. Nice crew and great champagne

  • Notre-Dame, Île de la Cité & St. Severin Church Guided Tour

    5. Notre-Dame, Île de la Cité & St. Severin Church Guided Tour

    The monumental Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of the most remarkable Gothic cathedrals in France and Europe and is one of the capital’s major monuments. As a symbol of a city and even a country, its history is made of stones and men. On April 15, 2019 the main spire and roof of the building collapsed in a huge fire. By joining this tour you will learn more about the rebuilding of Notre-Dame and the next steps for its reconstruction. You will see the revival of Gothic Architecture and enjoy a walking tour in the Île de la Cité, the mythical place where everything began. Next you will enjoy a guided tour at the Saint-Severin Church in the Latin quarter, a great example of flamboyant Gothic Architecture.

    Lea was an amazing tour guide! She was friendly, welcoming, and knowledgable. We learned so much from her about the nearby monuments and Notre Dame. She also accommodated for our schedule and needs. She transformed our experience of these churches and monuments in this neighborhood of Paris. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting!

  • Paris: Seine Cruise and Marais District Walking Tour

    6. Paris: Seine Cruise and Marais District Walking Tour

    Discover Paris on an unforgettable sightseeing cruise along the Seine before hopping off to explore the charming Marais district on an audio-guided smartphone tour. First, embark at the foot of the Eiffel Tower on a guided cruise for a unique tour of the capital. Start your sightseeing adventure with views of the Eiffel Tower and admire city highlights like Notre Dame and the famous bridges along the seine. Hop off at the Pont Marie stop and walk a few meters to reach the departure point of your Marais district walking tour. Your smartphone will be your only guide for an approximately 1-hour, audio-guided walking tour. During your walking tour, discover the beautiful Marais district at your own pace. Hear the incredible tales of legendary kings and queens as you pass historical mansions with trimmed gardens and charming medieval streets.

    The boat ride was very nice, seeing Paris on the Seine is a really amazing! The smartphone guided tour after the boat trip was very interesting too, had a nice time discovering the Marais and its stories :)

  • Paris: Family-Friendly River Seine Guided Cruise

    7. Paris: Family-Friendly River Seine Guided Cruise

    Board your family-friendly cruise at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. During the one-hour sightseeing cruise, learn all the secrets of Paris thanks to your guide on board. Listen to anecdotes about Paris and its inhabitants. Hear all about the architecture, history, monuments and bridges of the city. Secrets will be revealed, so be ready to be surprised.  A bar on board will be serving french crêpes, snacks, and drinks. Sit back and relax as you take in the sights of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

    Beautiful tour, except the % of English guide info was very poorly and too brief.

  • Paris: Relaxing Seine Cruise + Walking Tour on Smartphone

    8. Paris: Relaxing Seine Cruise + Walking Tour on Smartphone

    Guided Cruise: Starting at the Eiffel Tower, cruise on a comfortable boat down the river for a taste of elegant Parisian life. Glide past the Grand Palais, the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Your guide will entertain you throughout the leisurely cruise with anecdotes and intriguing historical facts. The Paris cruise goes as far as the Institute of the Arabic World at the Ile Saint-Louis before returning you to the Eiffel Tower, and it's the most relaxing way to sightsee in Paris and is the only way to explore the city free of traffic noise and congestion. 1 City Tour of your choice: After your cruise, hop off to explore the stunning capital at your own pace with an audio-guided walking tour. Start whenever you want and follow the voice of your guide from the Rewind Application: all stories trigger automatically as you walk. Choose between 10 available tours in Paris s...

    I started with the walking tour, it was very interesting and clear. I chose the Eiffel tower tour starting at Trocadero, it was awesome learning all the anecdotes around it! I didn't know that someone tried to sell it a couple of years ago, that was incredible :) Then I went to the cruise starting point which was a couple of meters away from the end of my tour. The crew was very welcoming and I enjoyed my time on the boat! I had already done several boat tours on the Seine and as always I had a great time!!

  • Paris By Night: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

    9. Paris By Night: 3-Hour Guided Bike Tour

    Your 3-hour bike tour begins at the Parking Etoile-Foch, near the Arc de Triomphe. After picking up your bike you’ll head out with your guide, who’ll take you on a ride through the streets of Paris. Stop at all the major attractions, including the Champs-Elysées, Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Notre-Dame, and take in the beauty of the illuminated monuments after dark. Hear stories about the city’s past and learn more about what life is like in Paris. This tour is an excellent way to get the know the city when the streets aren’t quite so busy. Feel free to bring some refreshments along with you!

    We only had 3 days in Paris and it was our first time visiting so this was a great option for us. We toured with Jasmine. She was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed her style very much. We highly recommend this tour and Jasmine as well.

  • Paris: New Year's Eve Sightseeing Cruise

    10. Paris: New Year's Eve Sightseeing Cruise

    Climb aboard a comfortable boat and enjoy the view of Paris on the last day of the year. Share a boxed snack and enjoy drinks as you take in vistas of the City of Lights and its many iconic landmarks. Your boat has a glass-enclosed observation deck, allowing you to eat and enjoy the scenery at the same time, while protected from the weather. Use your smartphone to listen to an audio guide available in 14 languages. See the dreamy nighttime skyline on the most festive day of the year. Admire famous sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, the Parliament building, Musée d'Orsay, Institut de France, Notre Dame Cathedral, the City Hall, The Conciergerie, the Louvre, the Obelisk, and the Grand Palais. The service ends at the foot of the Eiffel Tower at midnight.

    The o my thing that was not so good about it was the change of the itinerary without previous information. But all the activity was amazing, the gifts included were unique and the animated guides were incredible.

Planning Your Visit

  • How much does it cost?

    Admission to Notre Dame is free, but visitors will need tickets to enter the tower (€8.50) and the crypt (€6). Access to both is included in the price of the Paris Pass.

  • How to get there?

    The closest Metro stop is Cité on the Metro 4 line.

  • How many steps is it to the top of the tower?

    There are 387 steps to reach the panaromas over Paris and see the gargoyles up close, so it's best to know your physical limits.

  • Mass times

    "On Sundays, all masses are held at the main altar. Arrive at least 10 minutes before the start time to get a seat.
    8:30AM - Mass
    9:30AM - Lauds service
    10:00AM - Gregorian mass of the cathedral chapter
    11:30AM - International mass
    12:45PM - Mass
    5:45PM - Vespers service
    6:30PM - Mass
    All services are held in French. Masses are also held throughout the week. More details are available at the Notre Dame de Paris official website."

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    8:00AM to 6:45PM on weekdays - open until 7:15PM at weekends.
  • Is it expensive?
    Access itself is free of charge, although it's a good idea to invest in a tour to get the most out of your visit.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It's worth checking out these best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    There are several metro stations in the vicinity of Notre Dame - on lines 1, 4, 7, 10, 11, and 14. The most immediate is Cité on the 4 line.
  • Additional information
    *Be prepared to wait in a line outside, especially on weekends.
    *Dress modestly - you are in a church, after all.

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What people are saying about Notre Dame Cathedral

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 6,660 reviews

This was a fun tour! Simon our guide was excellent (watch out for the great impersonation of the French) and extremely personable. Great stories complemented by his own experiences brought it all to life. In the end we were having such a great time that we didn’t even notice that we had run over time by about 40 minutes and were sad to have reached the end. We always take walking tours wherever we go - this is a keeper.

Simon was an amazing tour guide, he keeps the stories factual, fun, and interesting, I definitely recommend this tour if you have the time as it has been the best tour I’ve been to in Paris.

It was a very nice tour. The guide went out of her way to show as much of Paris as possible. Interesting information and unique moments of this tour make the trip unforgettable.

The tour was very interesting and entertaining. Our guide Simon did a great job! We would highly recommend this tour.

Beautiful. Worth the visit. Add the audio tour before at the Sainte Chapelle before you begin your visit.