What's in our tour?
On this walking tour of Notre Dame, don’t get caught with all the tourists. Join a local Parisian instead.
You will not just visit, you will experience what makes Notre Dame 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 magic, and we analyze how the architecture creates that magic. We observe the artwork: quirky, funny, scary, and spiritual details.
After that, we venture away from the tourists and into old Paris. We spend time walking the river banks and the island where Paris was born. We find spots for very unconventional photos.
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.
Where and when?
This Notre Dame Paris Tour runs every day, rain or shine, at 1pm, and lasts a relaxed 70-90 minutes.
From May 1 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
Wheelchairs are not advised on this tour, because of stairs and narrow sidewalks.