• Notre Dame

 

A message from the Fat Tire Tours Paris team:


As you are most likely aware of, the Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire on April 15th 2019. We are shocked and devastated at the damage of one of France’s most reverent symbols, which is so very special to us. While we mourn what was lost, we are grateful that the worst was avoided and that the cathedral still stands with beauty, thanks to the efforts of the pompiers and Cathedral workers.
 
We feel that now, more than ever, it is important for our guests to visit Notre Dame and see that despite the fire, she is still standing beautiful and strong.

Due to the fire damage, however, we will not be able to enter the cathedral nor the towers for the foreseeable future. Guests booked on tours for 2019 should have already been contacted via email, but please get in touch with our team if you have any questions. We feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to introduce many of our guests throughout the years to the Notre Dame Cathedral, and we look forward to continuing to share her history and beauty in the months and years to come.

Notre Dame Cathedral

The Notre Dame Cathedral is a historical Catholic church on Paris’ Île de la Cité that dates back to the laying of its first stone in 1163. Three years earlier, Bishop Maruice de Sully ordered the construction of Notre Dame because the church that stood on the same location was deemed to be unworthy. Construction continued through the 14th century, and modern refurbishments have allowed visitors to continue admiring its medieval splendor.   

People visit this cathedral from all over the world to see one of the most beautiful and well-preserved examples of French Gothic architecture. Some of the highlights of the Notre Dame de Paris are the stained-glass windows, organ, furniture, bells, clock, paintings, and cathedral figures. Francois-Henri Clicquot built the first fully-integrated organ in the church in the 18th century, and it was rebuilt and renovated again several times. Notre Dame’s bells are among the most famous ones in Europe, and one particular bell, called Emmanuel, weighs more than 13 tons. Visitors are welcome to attend mass at the main altar at several times during weekends and weekdays.

Visitors can get a sense of the site’s history, architecture, and artwork by simply spending time inside this beautiful church. Visitors can also climb 387 steps to the top of the cathedral’s south tower, where panoramic views of the city can be seen on our Skip the Line Notre Dame Towers & Sainte-Chapelle Tour. 

We are happy to showcase the grandeur of Notre Dame to our guests in a number of different ways. The most extensive of course is our Skip the Line - Notre Dame Towers & Sainte-Chapelle Tour! Other favorites include visiting the cathedral on our Night Bike Tour as the sun sets down the Seine River, or a casual walking tour. No matter which tour you choose, be sure to not miss one of Paris' most visited sites.

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Practical Information

Hours

Monday - Friday (8:00am until 6:45pm)

Saturday - Sunday (8:00am until 7:15pm)

Public Transportation

Cité (line 4)

Saint-Michel Notre Dame (RER B)

Public Entrance Fee

Cathedral - Free

Towers - €10