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.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Tournai, Belgium
Phone Number: 003269222045
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 209 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 5
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Treasury room is very worthwhile

Most of the impressive part of the cathedral is currently hidden behind scaffolding (both exterior and interior). However, one can see some of the archaeological digs to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 6, 2016
Katrien S
,
Ghent, Belgium
Add Photo Write a Review

209 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 48: English reviews
Ghent, Belgium
Level Contributor
277 reviews
167 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

Most of the impressive part of the cathedral is currently hidden behind scaffolding (both exterior and interior). However, one can see some of the archaeological digs to reconstruct the different building phases on this site, from Roman bathhouse via Roman villa to cathedral. Also to see are some Romanesque carvings at the base and top of the pillars. But the... More 

Helpful?
Thank Katrien S
Guildford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

We were disappointed as only part of the Cathedral was open. Theres a lot of building work going on and it won't be finished anytime soon. However once in you have pay to enter the Treasure room but well worth it, theres a display of priceless artifacts, which include Thoma A'Becketts gown, along with wonderful pieces of art.

Helpful?
2 Thank Nigel T
Paignton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

A 12th century gem of medieval architecture with five massive towers. Currently receiving a full stonework clean up but still worth an internal visit which encompasses a fascinating collection of ancient church vestments

Helpful?
Thank Bernard P
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
196 reviews
117 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

The cathedral is supposed to be beautiful. It has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, it has been under restoration for many years, so you have only partial access to the interior and the exterior is almost completely covered by scaffoldings. You can opt to visit the nearby Bell Tower, which offers wonderful views.

Helpful?
Thank Ena G
Ormskirk, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
435 reviews
291 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

At first we were disappointed to see so much scaffolding, and to be restricted to certain parts of the building, but there is still plenty to marvel at. The Romanesque nave is still viewable - an amazing structure, and one of the aisles has Benin left as dug by the archaeologists showing the foundations of earlier churches and cathedrals, as... More 

Helpful?
Thank Andrew S
Level Contributor
146 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

While the cathedral may be undergoing restoration, it is still a must see. Arrive with enough time to see the exhibit in the back.

Helpful?
Thank Theresa M
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Unfortunately I didn't read the reviews of Tournai Cathedral before my visit today. So sad not to be able to see the outside/inside, other than the Rose Window and the lovely treasury. Tourist information told me it will be another 10 years of renovations!

Helpful?
Thank Blowfish333
Brussels, Belgium
Level Contributor
101 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

This massive church with 5 towers dominates the city. Currently it is undergoing a multi-decade restoration but the rear part is accessible.

Helpful?
Thank Paul S
Mons, Belgium
Level Contributor
464 reviews
173 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

Although undergoing a complete renovation this cathedral is still very impressive and rivals other grand cathedrals in Europe. I want to return when the renovation work is complete.

Helpful?
Thank Zosia B
Brussels
Level Contributor
245 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016

The Notre Dame cathedral site was the main reason for an unprepared, spur of the moment detour to Tournai. We were very disappointed to find three of the landmark towers wrapped in white cloth, scaffolding everywhere and most of the building closed to visitors. Inside it was impossible to even catch a glimpse of the famous stained glass windows. The... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Trainbleu

Travelers who viewed Notre Dame Cathedral in Tournai also viewed

Tournai, Hainaut Province
Tournai, Hainaut Province
 
Tournai, Hainaut Province
Tournai, Hainaut Province
 

Been to Notre Dame Cathedral in Tournai? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Notre Dame Cathedral in Tournai and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Notre Dame Cathedral in Tournai 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?