Guided family tour of the Saint-Denis basilica for children aged 8 to 14

This visit is led by guides specialized in young people

family fun visit to the basilica of saint denis

Pitch of the guided tour "The jewels of the Saint-Denis basilica

Older than Notre-Dame, there are... the basilica of Saint-Denis, a historical and architectural marvel. A masterpiece of Gothic art, the basilica hosts thehe graves of 43 kings and 32 queens! 

  • During this guided family tour, children will discover, first of all, the principle of gothic constructions. Why so high? And how does it all fit? And why colored stained glass ? Explanation of the cross-ribs, the buttresses, demonstration in support...
  • The other theme of the visit is about the choice of this basilica for last residence of the kings of France. Why in Saint-Denis? Why, the body parts of the kings are sometimes "scattered like a puzzle" here but also elsewhere in France or abroad? What is the difference between a recumbent, a praying and a transit?

  • This guided tour of the Saint Denis basilica is punctuated by little disgusting stories, like the terrible story of Saint-Denis and many other small stories and rituals of the time sometimes very morbids... ... so that culture becomes child's play.
  • A fascinating visit with Saint-Denis, Dagobert, Saint-Louis, Catherine de Médicis, Henri IV, Louis XVII...
  • A playful guided tour adapted to children from 8 years old.

Individual visit of the Saint-Denis basilica (rates and info)

  • Adult rate : 22€ (including admission to the basilica)
  • Child rate : 14€ (admission to the basilica is free for children)
  • 20 to 22 participants maximum per visit
  • Duration of the visit  : 1h30
  • Visit in French
  • No waiting tickets (no waiting)
Basilica of Saint Denis, the last residence of the kings of France

Private visit (rates and info)

♡ Nice to book for several families (more reasonable budget).

  • Rate (up to 6 people) : 180 €
  • Additional 20% if the visit takes place on a Sunday or a holiday
  • Duration of the visit  : 1h30
  • Visit in French, English, Spanish
  • No waiting tickets (no waiting)

For schools or youth centres

  • From 180 € per visit / class or group + free admission for 2 teachers
  • Reservation fee of 30 euros (up to 35 students).
  • School for classes from CP to 6ème
  • Leisure centre, youth association, town hall for children from 8 to 14 years old
  • Activity booklet provided in PDF format (or printed for each child at an additional cost)
  • Payment in good standing is accepted
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Written by Tour626014, on 04-12-2022

A visit of the Cathedral/Basilica of Saint Denis, adapted to the young public. Marie, our excellent guide, knew very well how to make the children participate while telling them the history of the place

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