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The Port Cailhau, thirty-five metres tall, was integrated into the city walls. In 1864, it was rented by a public letter writer and a person whose job was to weigh salt. They were both evicted in order to renovate the monument. There is a...more
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Place du Palais, 33000, Bordeaux, France
+33 5 56 00 66 00
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very impressive structure. We did not go inside but it appears you can also do that. Make sure you also visit the other remaining Porte's especially the Grosse Clock.

Thank fssutton1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bordeaux is a wonderful place to explore on foot. there's much to see just looking at architecture, gates, buildings, green spaces. the atmosphere is very french and worth a long walk.

Thank jim m
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

But do not bother to get in it. We went up. The staircase was very narrow. When we arrived at the till, there was a group of 10 people which were given a tour. It was so crowded because of the group that we decided...More

Thank FMSh
Reviewed October 14, 2018

This well preserved medieval city gate is certainly an attractive structure, especially at night time when it’s beautifully lit. There are many restaurants and bars in the vicinity.

Thank TravelLover50
Reviewed October 14, 2018

I imagine the stories these old gates could tell and I appreciate their tenacity to still remain standing after so vey many centuries. This lovely was built in 1494 and costs $5 Euros to tour. There is an audio visual presentation and some displays of...More

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Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

Stunning architecture! For sure, one of the most beautiful buildings in the very center of Bordeaux. An ocasion to take good pics.

Thank Adrian K
Reviewed September 12, 2018

Ehhhh.... Not much you can do but take a picture of this beautiful Disney-like structure. Stare at it! It is a medieval gate/port. Pretty when lit up at night. There is an itsy-bitsy museum on top which is not worth the 5 euros they charge....More

Thank minniemae
Reviewed August 31, 2018

The interior of this tower is now a museum. On one floor there is a film about the 100 years war. The staff very kindly set it so that it was in English. Very well done and held our attention. I now understand more about...More

Thank CarolS98
Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

Port Cailhau has great historical artifacts and is definitely worth the €3.50 (for student) or €5.00 entry fee! There are videos that explain the artifacts and a great view at the top looking over the river!

Thank emm1122
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Following on from my last review we'll with a visit. The area inside from the gate has bar restaurants catering for the tourists. Avoid eating but coffee OK.

Thank Glen S
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