Discover the history and legends of the Notre Dame Cathedral towers on this unique after-hours tour. Visit the iconic site after all the crowds have dispersed to experience the quiet mystery of the Gothic masterpiece that inspired Victor Hugo’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.’ Climb to the top of one of the towers for panoramic evening views of the city, admiring stone gargoyles on the way up.
After-hours tour of the Towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris
Enjoy a rare chance to experience the Towers of Notre-Dame away from the crowds
Climb up the cathedral’s iconic towers after they’ve closed to the public
Soak up a beautiful panoramic view of Paris from the top
Learn about the history, legends and architecture of Notre-Dame from your guide
Built in the 14th century, the Cathedral of Notre Dame is one of the most recognizable monuments in Paris. Meet your guide at the entrance to the towers in the evening to begin your after-hours tour. Experience the quiet majesty of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed cathedral after it has closed to the general public, and avoid the long lines common during the day. Stand in the forecourt as your guide shares the history of this Gothic masterpiece that took more than 200 years to build. Hear how the cathedral inspired Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, which in turn sparked a restoration of the neglected structure to its former glory. Enter on the ground floor of one of the bell towers and climb 422 steps almost to the top of the cathedral, which rises an impressive 226 feet (69 meter) above the city streets. Appreciate the monumental history of Notre Dame as you gaze past the seated stone figures of gargoyles and chimeras out onto panoramic views of Paris.