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  • Address: Porte Cailhau, Bordeaux, Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes 33000, France
  • Hours: Open daily from 10am to 12pm, and from 1pm to 6pm. Closed on January 1st.

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Porte Cailhau Tours

Built in 1495, this dramatic Gothic Revival 35-meters tall city gate was built to commemorate King Charles VIII's victory at Fornovo in Italy during the Italian War of 1494. At the time, it was the main entry point to Bordeaux from the port. It faces Place du Palais and features several ornamental sculptures and towers, something that is very typical of architecture built under the reign of Charles VIII; indeed, the monarch wanted this gate to showcase his power and affluence. The gate, which was once part of the Bordeaux city wall, was later on used as a defensive tower (the multitude of portcullis, murder holes, and machicolation features are there to prove this), and as a salt scale and storehouse.

Nowadays, it houses an informative exhibition dedicated to the tools and materials with which the tower was built as well as the urban development of Bordeaux. There is a wonderful view of the old town center, the Garonne River, and the Pont de Pierre Bridge from the top floor.

Practical Info

Porte Cailhau is located on Place du Palais in central historic Bordeaux. It can by reached by public transit from Place du Palais tram station on line A and Porte de Bourgogne on line C; although it is not advised to get to the historic center of Bordeaux by car, there is paid underground parking at Bourse-Jean Jaurès. The entrance is on Quai du Maréchal Lyautey. The small exhibition is open daily (except January 1st) from 10am to 12pm, and from 1pm to 6pm.

Tours & Tickets

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Self-Guided Bordeaux City Sightseeing Tour in an Electric Vehicle with La Cité du Vin Museum Entry ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Self-Guided Bordeaux City Sightseeing Tour in an Electric Vehicle with La Cité du Vin Museum Entry Ticket

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover Bordeaux and its Cité du Vin. Visit Bordeaux at your own leisure at the wheel of an electric Memosine equipped with a GPS tablet-guide.  Take ...  Read more

Location: Bordeaux, France
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.88
Bordeaux Segway Tour, Bordeaux, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Bordeaux Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Explore Bordeaux in style and discover top attractions such as Place des Quinconces, Rue Sainte-Catherine, Place de la Comédie and Bordeaux Cathedral on ...  Read more

Location: Bordeaux, France
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.53
2.5-Hour Bordeaux Self-Guided Sightseeing Tour by Electric Car, Bordeaux, Segway Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

2.5-Hour Bordeaux Self-Guided Sightseeing Tour by Electric Car

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Visit Bordeaux at your own rhythm, discover its most beautiful monuments but also contemporary Bordeaux aboard an electric vehicle equipped with a GPS ...  Read more

Location: Bordeaux, France
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $46.19
1.5-Hour Bordeaux Electric Car Self-Guided Sightseeing Tour, Bordeaux, Self-guided Tours & Rentals
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

1.5-Hour Bordeaux Electric Car Self-Guided Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Enjoy this 1.5 hours tour in a little electric car for a lot of fun in town. It has great 360° visibility with its glass roof to fully discover Bordeaux ...  Read more

Location: Bordeaux, France
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $34.35

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