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Chartres Lumiere and cathedral

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Chartres Lumiere and cathedral

I want t take a trip to Chartres to walk the Labrynth in the Catherdral and see the lumieres. Suggestions for good value hotels within walking distance of the cathedral and any tips for my visit?

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1. Re: Chartres Lumiere and cathedral

I don't have any specific hotel recommendation for you but the central, touristy part of Chartres is quite compact and any centrally located hotel you choose won't be more than a 5 or 10 minute walk from the cathedral. Besides the cathedral there is a lovely medieval old part of town to wander around. Go to the tourist office and they'll give you a map to follow a tourist trail through town. There are a few museums you can visit, such as the stained glass museum. Another place you might visit that is a bit outside of town is La Maison Picassiette, which you can learn about at this link:


Many people enjoy doing a cathedral tour with Malcolm Miller, who has been giving these tours for many years:

Malcolm Miller Cathedral Tours:

Daily tours of Chartres Cathedral from Easter until late October are at 12 noon and 2.45 p.m. Not on Sundays, and during the winter occasionally or on request.

E-mail address is millerchartres@aol.com.

You can find a hotel or restaurant and learn about what else there is to see and do in Chartres by looking at the tourist office website:



Edited: 6:42 am, May 12, 2013
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We have stayed at both the Inter-Hotel Chatelet, about a 3-5minute walk from the cathedral (with its own secure parking) and also at The Ibis (10 minute walk through the remembrance park). Both were enjoyable stays. Our room in The Ibis had a wonderful view of the cathedral.

For obvious reasons, the light show is only effective when it gets dark and so bear this in mind when deciding what time of year to visit.

Can recommend La Passacaille for a really good pizza/italian meal.

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We want to be in Chartres for the Lumiere but need to get back to Paris that night. Is there a late train?

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The last train on weekdays leaves at 22.34.

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yes, but I don't think that gives us enough time to see the lumiere and make it to the train. Thank you for the info. Was hoping there was one later. Thank you.

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We're at the Ibis Center Cathedral and it's about a 10-15 minute walk uphill to the Cathedral. Great value at 88 euros/night. The lumiere is great but it doesn't get dark here (in July) til about 10PM. The labyrinth is open for walking ONLY on Fridays, 10-5. It's a great place to be! Have fun!

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We just returned today from Paris but spent last Saturday in Chartres overnight. We stayed at the St Ives Hotel for only E60 a night. It was just on the right side of the cathedral and down a short path. http://www.maison-st-yves.com . It was only an hour trip by train from Montparnasse Station and totally worth it.

It was the last night of the light show and it was nothing like what I expected. It was seriously like a magic show done with lights. As well as the lights there were bands and many other things going on on the streets.

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