COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Notre-Dame
Vacation Travel Guide

A monumental masterpiece in French gothic architecture on the outside, inside this landmark cathedral is a serene place of worship for devotees of religion and art.

Notre Dame Cathedral sits on the natural island called Île de la Cité. This is the central point of the city, where distances from Paris to all parts of France are measured. The cathedral is the result of a massive effort in construction, which started in 1163 and ended in the mid-14th century. A grand restoration project began in 1845 and lasted two decades.

For a dramatic introduction to the cathedral, approach from the Place du Parvis. From here you’ll see the grand west façade, famous for three doorways framed by intricately carved religious scenes. From Square Jean XXIII on the south and east sides of the cathedral, you’ll see the massive flying buttresses at their best. The Seine River is also an excellent vantage point for admiring the cathedral’s architecture, and boat tours of the city pass right by here.

Admission to the cathedral is free and there are informative guided one-hour tours in various languages throughout the day. If you prefer a self-guided wander, an audio guide and brochure are both excellent options.

There is a charge to see the world-famous Notre Dame towers, which are both a historic treasure and known for the association with Victor Hugo’s classic novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. A 50-minute tour takes visitors through the upper sections of the west façade to get a closer look at the gargoyles and the colossal Emmanuel bell, weighing more than 13 tons.

Other highlights inside the cathedral include the three ancient stained-glass windows, including the north window dating back to the 13th century, and the impressive Grand Organ.

Beneath the cathedral lies another layer of intrigue. More than 260 feet (79 meters) below Notre Dame is the eerie Archaeological Crypt. It contains fascinating Gallo-Roman artifacts, including the ancient remains of a house from Lutèce, the name given to Paris in the Roman era. Except Mondays and public holidays, the crypt is open daily.

Notre Dame Cathedral, located on Île de la Cité, is accessible by public transportation or car, and street parking is available. Another option is to sit back and relax in a tour bus, available by reservation at many hotels and tourist agencies as part of a tour of the city.

Top things to do in Notre-Dame

Top Hotels Close to Notre-Dame

K+K Hotel Cayre Paris
K+K Hotel Cayre Paris
4 out of 5
4 Boulevard Raspail, Paris, Paris
The price is ¥17,891 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Orsay Museum and Le Bon Marche. Tuileries Garden and Saint-Sulpice Church are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (983 reviews)

"Fantastic stay, extremely helpful staff and great location! The staff made our stay, so friendly, excellent English and helped us with everything we needed! Nothing was ever too much to ask!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

K+K Hotel Cayre Paris
Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris
Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris
3 out of 5
38-40 Rue Saint Séverin, Paris, Paris
The price is ¥7,525 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ile de la Cite and Sainte Chapelle. Notre-Dame and Sorbonne University are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (989 reviews)
Best location and a comfortable hotel

"Great location, one of my favourites, right near the St Michel station with direct access to the airport, main metro lines and train to Versailles. Had the premium room which was a bit bigger than the standard closet-sized ones and featured a small balcony where we could enjoy food and drinks. Very ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris
Home Latin
Home Latin
3 out of 5
15/17 Rue Sommerard, Paris, Paris
The price is ¥9,994 per night from Mar 21 to Mar 22

This family-friendly Paris hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Sorbonne University, Notre-Dame, and Pantheon. Ile de la ...

3.8/5Good! (500 reviews)
Dont expect jotel to be open - disgraceful

"Well, i booked to stay in this hote, upon arriving at the hotel, it was closed i was left in Paris with no accommodation because this hotel closed its doors and didnt let customers know. They just decided to stop communicating and took my money and ran. Still no refund, thankfully my sister had made ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

Home Latin
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Notre-Dame Flight + Hotel Deals

Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris
Hotel Bel Ami
Hotel d'Aubusson
Don't see what you're looking for?
See all available trips from Ashburn to Notre-Dame
View all trips

Popular places to visit in Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame

Best Lodging Options Near Notre-Dame

K+K Hotel Cayre Paris
K+K Hotel Cayre Paris
4 out of 5
4 Boulevard Raspail, Paris, Paris
The price is ¥17,891 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
K+K Hotel Cayre Paris
Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris
Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris
3 out of 5
38-40 Rue Saint Séverin, Paris, Paris
The price is ¥7,525 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2
Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris
Home Latin
Home Latin
3 out of 5
15/17 Rue Sommerard, Paris, Paris
The price is ¥9,994 per night from Mar 21 to Mar 22
Home Latin
Hôtel Saint Paul Rive Gauche
Hôtel Saint Paul Rive Gauche
4 out of 5
43, rue Monsieur le Prince, Paris, Paris
The price is ¥13,934 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13
Hôtel Saint Paul Rive Gauche
Novotel Paris Les Halles
Novotel Paris Les Halles
4 out of 5
8 Place Marguerite De Navarre, Paris, Paris
The price is ¥19,806 per night from Mar 21 to Mar 22
Novotel Paris Les Halles
CitizenM Paris Gare de Lyon
CitizenM Paris Gare de Lyon
4 out of 5
8 Rue van Gogh, Paris, Ile-de-France
The price is ¥10,465 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28
CitizenM Paris Gare de Lyon
Hotel Royal Saint Michel
Hotel Royal Saint Michel
4 out of 5
3 Boulevard Saint Michel, Paris
Hotel Royal Saint Michel
Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris
Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris
4 out of 5
53 Ter Quai des Grands Augustins, Paris, Paris
The price is ¥16,993 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris
Hotel Monge
Hotel Monge
4 out of 5
55 Rue Monge, Paris
Hotel Monge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.