At the top of the Gothic towers of Notre-Dame cathedral, visitors are rewarded with one of the most stunning panoramic views of Paris, second only to the Eiffel Tower.
BUT before you consider attending this attraction, you had best be prepared for the intense climb of 402 steps. No doubt, this is a workout and not for those afflicted with mobility issues such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, or back, leg or knee injuries and problems that would hinder the ascension of so very many stairs. We will discuss disability access further below.
Also, be prepared for line-ups. It’s not unusual for the queue to be 90 minutes long even prior to opening time at 10:00am. Like most Paris attractions, patience is key to seeing this landmark.
The tour is marked by three not-to-be-missed stops: upstairs has amazing gothic architecture and vaulted warheads; the chimera galleries allow you to get close to the famous gargoyles, including the famous Stryge; and a few steps from the top, stop and admire the belfry, church bells, and the famous 13-tonne Emmanuel great bell.
Taking into account the historical significance, the stunning views, and endless photo opportunities, this is a Paris attraction that scores high with tourists and should not be missed.
Admission Prices are reasonable at 10 Euros for an independent tour (approx $12 US) or 15 Euros for a combined ticket that includes the Conciergerie, which is yet another infamous and historical Paris tourist attraction that acted as a prison during the French Revolution. As a matter of fact, Marie Antoinette was held as a prisoner there.
Hours of operation are:
From 1 July to 31 August: on Friday and Saturday until 11pm
From 1 October to 31 March: 10am-5.30pm*The Cathedral is open year round with the exception of Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and May 1st.