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Front view of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris


'The bells the bells'


Most visitors adults and children alike are familiar with this great Gothic cathedral well before they set foot in the city of Paris due to Victor Hugo's novel 'Notre Dame de Paris' (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), featuring the famous characters of Esmerelda and the bell-ringer Quasimodo. The story has featured in many films over the years with Disney's 1996 animated version bringing the story to a new generation.


Notre Dame from the river Seine in Paris


Notre Dame cathedral's location on the Ile de la Cité in the middle of the river Seine has, since the 4th century, been the religious centre of the city. First the Celts and then the Romans built places of worship on the site. Then a Christian basilica was built In the 6th century Before the current cathedral's construction (1163 - 1345) there was a was a Romanesque church here.

Much of what you see today is the result of extensive 19th century restorations but it has much to offer culture vultures...we recommend that you visit the Official Website for interior and exterior detail.


rose window in Notre Dame cathedral in Paris


Join the queue to the left of the building to climb the towers (for a fee), but be aware it moves very slowly!  Our top tip is to arrive around 15 minutes before the towers open at 10am and see how many people are waiting. 


Tip: Try and be at the tower entrance 15 minutes before opening time (10.00am) to beat the queues to the top of the towers or better still, save yourself money and some weary legs climbing the stairs of the towers to take in the views by walking (15 mins) over to the Arabic Institute and take the lift to the top of the building to take in the free views.

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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris


6 Place du Parvis-Notre-Dame

75004 PARIS


Located in  4th arrondissemont


Official Website



Admission to the cathedral is free, but the climb up the towers costs    € 8.50 but are free for under 25s if you are from the EU and have ID. 

The towers are open daily from 10am.






 Notre Dame Saint Michel.


Nos.22, 30, 31, 52, 73, 92 and Balabus

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