Notre Dame Cathedral Towers
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ABOVE: A chimera poses with the Left Bank as
a backdrop. (See
on the following pages.)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.