We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Tower of Chartres Cathedral

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Cloitre Notre-Dame, 28000 Chartres, France
Today
8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Description: A destination for pilgrims for over a thousand years, the Cathedral of...
A destination for pilgrims for over a thousand years, the Cathedral of Chartres, located on the plain of Beauce, was severely damaged by a number of fires. The façade and one of the spires date from the 12th century, the second spire was built in the 16th century on a 12th century base while the nave and chancel go back to the 13th century. From the top of the Jehan de Beauce tower, visitors can enjoy superb views of the surrounding country and take a close-up look at the Cathedral’s Gothic architecture. Cathedral designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open:> 2nd May to 31st August: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st September to 30th April: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes 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
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 111 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 81
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Wonderful Experience

Despite renovations.. this is a worthwhile visit. Be sure to attend guided tours by Malcolm Miller, who has been giving tours for decades!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Witsend99
,
Toronto, Canada
Add Photo Write a Review

111 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Despite renovations.. this is a worthwhile visit. Be sure to attend guided tours by Malcolm Miller, who has been giving tours for decades!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Zurich, Switzerland
Level Contributor
105 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

If you're like me, you enjoy the view from the top, across the city. If you manage to walk the many steps in a close circle up to the North tower, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the view, the breeze and the birds you'll find there.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Columbus, Ohio USA
Level Contributor
108 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Visited in late May 2015. Did a walk through when we arrived and immediately noticed scaffolding in about 20% of the interior. Although that detracted from the visit somewhat, don't let it keep you from enjoying this magnificent structure. But your visit will be greatly enhanced by taking a guided tour...there is so much to see and learn about that... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Norwalk, CT
Level Contributor
88 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Not sure when the tower will be open to visitors again. There's currently scaffolding over a large area of the cathedral and access to the tower is closed.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Paradise Valley, Arizona
Level Contributor
212 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I forgot to count the stairs, but if you're in good health this is definitely a must...great views! There was a small charge to access the stairs.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Braunschweig, Germany
Level Contributor
38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

The views from the tower on the cathedral and the whole area are magnificent. The 300 stairs are not too hard to climb, also for kids. The first Sunday of the month the entrance was free when we visited.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Gainesville, Georgia
Level Contributor
84 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Since we studied this cathedral in college, we have wanted to visit Chartres Cathedral and our trip to this lovely villate and site did not disappoint! We spent over two hours wandering about admiring this incredible cathedral. The stained glass windows were awesome, in the fullest meaning of that over-used word. We would love to return to Chartres to spend... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Gilleleje, Denmark
Level Contributor
91 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

It is quite narrow and a spiral stair with about 300 stairs but it is worthy! The view from both cathedral and the panoramic of the city makes it amazing. Be aware that it is very windy up there. I though it a bit expensive though... € 5,50. But the cathedral is being renovated and it looks way better now... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Columbia, Missouri
Level Contributor
35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Take the time and the train to Chartre to see the magnificent, ancient cathedral. We were VERY fortunate to tour it with a wonderful, knowledgable 81-year old guide (Rick Steves recommended this tour guide but who knew we would really be IN the church when he was conducting a tour! This was an astounding coincidence!) He interpreted just one set... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
2,008 reviews
1,780 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,380 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

It is well worth the €7 to climb the north tower of Chartres Cathedral. Once up there, be prepared for it to be very windy and cold, even on warm days. You are very exposed up there. The views of Chartres, you can clearly see the layout of the old town and countryside beyond. Once at the top you can... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Tower of Chartres Cathedral also viewed

 

Been to Tower of Chartres Cathedral? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Tower of Chartres Cathedral

Address: Cloitre Notre-Dame, 28000 Chartres, France
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Centre  >  Loire Valley  >  Chartres
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 7:30 pm

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Tower of Chartres Cathedral staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?