Notre Dame and the Heart of Paris Tour

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75 min / FREE TOUR - tip only
1pm every day

booking in advance is optional
(groups of 8 and more please book)

What's in our tour?

On this tour, you will not just visit Notre Dame, you will experience what makes it such a special church. Then you will venture where ordinary tourists don’t go: the medieval back-streets behind Notre Dame.

We start right at Notre-Dame. We take in the spiritual power of the building, and we analyze how the architecture creates that magic. We observe the craft, and the artwork: quirky, scary, and inspiring intricacies.

After that, we venture into old Paris – and away from crowds. We spend time discovering the river banks, and the island where Paris was born. We find spots for unconventional photos. We observe how people live on the island.

We step into the ‘forbidden city’ and we discuss the legends – true and false – of old Paris. We survey the Court of Miracles. We follow Quasimodo the Hunchback. We re-live the consuming love of Heloise and Abelard. We walk the garden of the religious city. We take in the atmosphere.

Our free tour of Notre Dame ends where it began: in front of Notre-Dame. We bid a final farewell to the world’s greatest Gothic church.

To see more on this tour, we do not spend time going inside each building.


  • The gargoyles and the flying buttresses of Notre Dame
  • A saint without a head, and the scale of good and evil
  • 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 love story?
  • Napoleon, Point Zero and Notre-Dame’s brand-new bells.
  • HOT DAY SPECIAL: on hot days, we walk in the shade, our guides have fans and water sprays for every guest, and every tour makes frequent stops for water

Where and when?

This Notre Dame Paris Tour runs every day, rain or shine, at 1pm, and lasts a relaxed 70-90 minutes. From April 19 through October 15 this tour also runs at 3pm.

Every day, closed on Dec. 24 & 25 only.

We at the horse statue located to the right of Notre-Dame. Closest metro station: Cité (line 4).
We end at the same spot, outside Notre-Dame.

Groups of 8 and more please book. In the interest of all guests, we reserve to turn down large groups without a reservation. We advise large parties to book a private tour.

Why take this tour?

To experience what is so special about the world’s most celebrated Gothic church.

To explore old streets and parks most tourists don’t ever see, in the company of our native guide.


This is a free walking tour where you pay the guide what you want at the end of the tour.

Advanced reservation is not required, and 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 often reserve a private guide for this tour. From €125 depending on duration and group size.

Privatize this tour

Other information

Wheelchairs are not advised on this tour, because of stairs and narrow sidewalks.

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at Notre Dame by the huge horse statue of Charlemagne

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Every day, rain or shine at 1pm.
Extra 3pm from April 19 to Oct. 15.

Metro station

Closest metro station: Cité (line 4)

Additional information

All tours are in English

Average tip on this Notre Dame Paris tour: €11
Average time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Average number of guests 14

Ends near metro Cité

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