Notre-Dame Cathedral Tour – Paris

At the top of the Gothic towers of Notre-Dame cathedral, visitors are rewarded with one of the most stunning panoramic views of Paris, second only to the Eiffel Tower.

BUT before you consider attending this attraction, you had best be prepared for the intense climb of 402 steps. No doubt, this is a workout and not for those afflicted with mobility issues such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, or back, leg or knee injuries and problems that would hinder the ascension of so very many stairs.  We will discuss disability access further below.

Also, be prepared for line-ups.  It’s not unusual for the queue to be 90 minutes long even prior to opening time at 10:00am.  Like most Paris attractions, patience is key to seeing this landmark.

The tour is marked by three not-to-be-missed stops: upstairs has amazing gothic architecture and vaulted warheads; the chimera galleries allow you to get close to the famous gargoyles, including the famous Stryge; and a few steps from the top, stop and admire the belfry, church bells, and the famous 13-tonne Emmanuel great bell.

Taking into account the historical significance, the stunning views, and endless photo opportunities, this is a Paris attraction that scores high with tourists and should not be missed.

Admission Prices are reasonable at 10 Euros for an independent tour (approx $12 US) or 15 Euros for a combined ticket that includes the Conciergerie, which is yet another infamous and historical Paris tourist attraction that acted as a prison during the French Revolution. As a matter of fact, Marie Antoinette was held as a prisoner there.

Admission is FREE for under years old and under, as well as residents of the EU between 18 and 25 years old.  Entry is FREE to everyone on the first Sunday of each month, from November to March.
Disabled visitors are also free with proof of disability; however, access is limited.  The cathedral is partially accessible for people with reduced mobility (nave, verges, and transept; making up two-thirds of the building). There are 3 steps up to the choir and treasury. There is a small step in the doorways then ground-level throughout (ground-level exit). Tours are not accessible for people in wheelchairs and are strongly advised against for blind people. You MUST be in reasonable shape as well as able to control bathroom functions considering there are no washrooms available.


Hours of operation are:

From 1 April to 30 September: 10am-6.30pm*.
From 1 July to 31 August: on Friday and Saturday until 11pm
From 1 October to 31 March: 10am-5.30pm*The Cathedral is open year round with the exception of Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and May 1st.

Courtesy of Paris Info 
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