CTND Guided tour of Notre Dame Towers – 1H
Due to the tragic fire that has destroyed portions of the Notre Dame Cathedral, it will be closed to tourists and worshipers until further notice.
Enjoy a guided tour of Notre Dame's towers and discover the secrets within.
You will be taken directly to the foot of Notre Dame's towers to begin your climb. While you have priority access, security checks can slow down entry to the towers. The towers make up the front of Notre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.
Our guide will take you on an unforgettable experience as you climb the 422 steps to reach the top of the towers, where you can enjoy a unique panorama over Paris and Ile-de-la-Cité. There will be several stops on your climb to admire some of the tower's important elements.
You will reach the room atop the north tower where two high windows recall those present on the cathedral's doors. Then, you will reach the hall of chimeras that link the north and south towers where you can get an up-close look at the famous gargoyles located at the ends of Notre Dame's gutters. You will also find 56 chimeras, the most famous of which is the vampire that represents an evil spirit of the night from eastern legends. These were installed when the cathedral was restored in 1845. Then, you will enter the bell tower that houses the largest bell of Notre Dame. Called "Bourdon Emmanuel", this 13-ton bell will undoubtedly remind you of Victor Hugo's novel. Finally, you will reach the terrace where you can enjoy a superb 360° panorama over the historical heart of Paris. At nearly 70 metres high, you can see the Eiffel Tower on the horizon, the Seine that cuts through Paris, the Invalides and Sacré-Coeur standing watch over Montmartre.
Our guide will leave you at the tower exit.
Child (3 to 11 y.o)
Please dress appropriately: Shorts, bare shoulders, short skirts, etc. are not allowed
We recommend wearing comfortable shoes.
Not recommended for the elderly, those with reduced mobility or very young children, pregnant women, those with heart problems or suffering from vertigo
Tour guide services
Priority access to the towers
Tour of Notre Dame Cathedral and the crypt