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Towers and Crypt of Bourges Cathedral

Place Etienne Dolet, 18000 Bourges, France
+33 2 48 65 49 44
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Long climb to a great view; crypt tour interesting but only in French

No queue for the tower on a Saturday afternoon in August. Intense but intriguing climb to the top... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2017
Glenn B
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
Delightful Crypt Tour, Amazing Views from Tower and Impressive Cathedral

Cathedral architecture, original stained glass windows, crypt and view from the 394 step tower were... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2017
Discerning12385
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San Francisco, California
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The construction of the Cathedral of Bourges lasted from the 12th to 14th century. An outstanding example of architecture in terms of its dimensions, construction methods and beauty, the Cathedral also features a magnificent collection of stained glass windows which date from the 12th to 14th century. Cathedral designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: > 2nd May to 30th June: from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. > 1st July to 31st August: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. > 1st October to 31st March: from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4.45 p.m. > 1st to 30th April and from 1st to 30th September: from 9.45 a.m. to 1 1.45 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 30 min before closing time. Closed: > Sunday mornings. > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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Place Etienne Dolet, 18000 Bourges, France
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Reviewed 23 August 2017

No queue for the tower on a Saturday afternoon in August. Intense but intriguing climb to the top of the tower greeted, from half way up, by fascinating carved figures at each curve. The tower view is stunning over 360 degrees and offering looks into...More

Thank Glenn B
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Cathedral architecture, original stained glass windows, crypt and view from the 394 step tower were all worth the visit. We came early on a Thursday, happily encountered an English speaking tour guide who gave us the crypt tour in English as we were the only...More

Thank Discerning12385
Reviewed 21 July 2016

This is a place you should visit. It's beautiful to visit this magnificent cathedral from the inside. The queue can be very long, so I suggest you take it with patience.

Thank Hugo C
Reviewed 7 June 2016

Bourges itself is really nice city. If you visit the old town for example for the diner in the evening take your time to walk through the historical city. There are blue lights that will walk you throught the most interesiting historical part of the...More

Thank Milan K
Reviewed 23 January 2016

Wonderful views of Bourges and for once nice to see the graffiti (anchient) on the inside walls of the tower

Thank davidwnorth
Reviewed 10 October 2015

What a delightfull building unfortunately close when we were there but the outside alone was worth the visit.

Thank John W
Reviewed 1 September 2015

I would have loved to report on the towers an crypt of the cathedral of Bourges but, even though I arrived at 11.30, I was told that it would be possible until 14.30! So, I simply visited the cathedral itself which is vast! It is...More

Thank CesmeTraveller
Reviewed 9 August 2015

We visited the tower with it's +400 stairs. The view on Bourges and the surrounding area is nice but not worth the price. We haven't visited the crypt.

Thank JVG2980
Reviewed 5 June 2015

396 steps to a magnificent view. worth reading the carvings in the walls on the way up, if only to rest your legs. Guided tour of crypt well worth it too. Combined ticket for tower, crypt and Jacques Coeur is good value and can be...More

1  Thank Tomdicconharry
Reviewed 23 May 2015

We enjoyed our visit to the cathedral with the beautiful stained glass windows. We took the tour of the crypt and tower climb . The tour of the crypt was in French ,Mohicans we were informed of when we bought out tickets but were told...More

1  Thank timtam73
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