What's in our tour?
Experience what makes Notre-Dame Paris so special. And explore the back-streets behind Notre-Dame – where ordinary tourists don’t generally venture.
We start right at Notre-Dame herself. Taking in the spiritual magic of the cathedral, we analyze how that magic is created. We observe the quirky, funny, scary, and spiritual details of the artwork and the architecture.
After this we venture away from tourist crowds and into the streets and forgotten parts of old Paris, to spend time walking the river banks and the island where Paris was born while taking photos from unconventional spots.
We discuss the legends – true and false – of old Paris, and step into the forbidden city. We survey the Court of Miracles, follow Quasimodo the Hunchback and re-live the consuming love adventures of Heloise and Abelard.
The Notre Dame Paris tour ends where it began: in front of Notre-Dame once more, for a final farewell to the world’s greatest Gothic church.
In order to see more on this tour, we do not spend time going inside each building.
- Gargoyles and flying buttresses
- The scale of good and evil, and Paris’ headless saint
- The pros and cons of living right next to Notre Dame
- Woody Allen vs. Harry Potter vs. Victor Hugo
- Heloise and Abelard: the world’s greatest true love story?
- Napoleon, Point Zero and Notre-Dame’s brand-new bells.
Where and when?
Notre Dame Paris Tour starts on time every day at 1pm rain or shine and last a leisurely 90 minutes.
From May 1 through October 15 this tour also runs at 3pm
Every day, closed on Dec. 24 & 25 only
We meet at the horse statue located to the right of the facade of Notre-Dame. Closest metro station: Cité (line 4)
This walking tour ends by the front of Notre-Dame
Groups of 8 and more please book. We advise large parties to book a private tour. In the interest of all guests, we reserve the right to accommodate or to turn down large groups.
Why take this tour?
Experience what is so special about the world’s most celebrated Gothic church.
Your native guide also uncovers streets and parks tourists don’t usually find on their own.
This is a free walking tour (you pay the guide what you want at the end of the tour), and no reservation is needed.
Walks-ins are always welcome.
Be at the Paris Notre Dame tour meeting point 5 minutes early.
Privatize this tour
Groups of friends, families, and school groups looking for an opportunity to share private time together often reserve a private guide.
A private tour is €125 or €240.
Wheelchairs not advised on this tour, because of 1 unavoidable flight of stairs.