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Notre Dame Cathedral Towers

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Visiting hours

April 1 to September 30: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in July and August.)

October 1 to March 31: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Closed: January 1, May 1, December 25.

Notes:

  • Last admission is 45 minutes before closing time.

  • Visitors are admitted in groups of 20 every 10 minutes, so there's usually a waiting line by the entrance in the north tower. Arrive early or toward the end of the day to minimize waiting time.

  • Occasionally the viewing platform on top of the south tower will be closed (a sign will be posted), but a visit to the main gallery level and belfry is still worthwhile.

  • The hours above are subject to change, so check ahead if you plan on visiting at the beginning or end of the day.

Admission fees

Ticket prices are reasonable; see the cathedral's Web site (link below) for current rates. Children under 18 are free. Admission is free with the Paris Museum Pass, but you'll still have to wait in line with ticket buyers.

Location

Notre Dame is on the Ile de la Cité, the oldest and most central part of Paris. The closest Métro stop is Cité, on Line 4, and the closest RER stop is St-Michel (Lines B and C). Other Métro stations and bus stops are nearby; consult your Paris map for details.

Web sites

Cathédrale de Paris
Notre Dame's official Web site has information on tours, concerts, religious services, and other topics in English, French, and German. For English-language information on climbing the tower, see this page at the Centre des Monuments Nationaux Web site.

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