The most beautiful monuments of Paris to visit with family

Paris has thousands of monuments : cathedral, churches, museums, castles or symbolic places that have marked the history of Paris and the history of France. These Parisian monuments are an exceptional heritage.Incontournables: Eiffel Tower, Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris (and its 380 steps to climb to the top), the Basilica of Sacred Heart (free entry). Many Parisian monuments are free for young people and some are open late at night.

The Sainte-Chapelle (1st)

  • It is a jewel of the radiant Gothic built by Saint Louis in the heart of the Palais de la Cité.
  • Free for children under 18
  • Every day from 9.30am to 6pm. Nocturnal on Wednesday until 20h. Closed on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.


La Sainte-Chapelle un de nos monuments parisiens préféré

The Conciergerie (1st)

  • It is a former revolutionary prison : reconstitution of old cells with wax characters, which makes the circuit very suggestive ...
  • Every day from 9.30am to 6pm. Nocturnal on Wednesday until 20h. Closed on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
  • Free for children under 18


Salle des gens d'armes, conciergerie
Did you know ?
Paris has 2,185 monuments! An impressive figure that makes it one of the most visited cities in the world!

Notre Dame de Paris and Île-de-la-Cité (4th)

  • It is a masterpiece of medieval architecture, emblematic of the early Gothic period
  • Built in the 12th century, Notre-Dame de Paris is one of the most visited monuments in Paris. It is almost as iconic as the Eiffel Tower
  • Notre-Dame is not the largest cathedral in France, but it remains very imposing with its 130 meters long, 48 meters wide, 69 meters high for towers and 96 meters for the spire.
  • From the outside, she's just perfect!
  • We admire its Gothic facade, its sculpted portals, its grimacing gargoyles and all the statues that adorn its facade
  • The interior of the cathedral is equally majestic
  • 10 spans for the Nave and 5 for the choir, and a roof height of 43 meters.


chimère en haut de Notre Dame
Did you know ?
Only 5 women rest in the Panthéon (Sophie Berthelot in 1907, Marie Curie in 1995, Germaine Tillion and Geneviève De Gaulle-Anthonioz in 2015, Simone Veil in 2017) for 72 men!

The Pantheon (5th)

  • A very educational family outing: a history lesson with those great characters who have marked our history and a science lesson with the Foucault pendulum
  • Open every day except January 1st, May 1st and December 25th
  • A "Discovery Journey" booklet free for children from 7 to 11 years old
  • Free for children under 18
  • Not to miss : the panoramic view since La Coupole, accessible from April to October
le panthéon, un des monuments les plus imposants à Paris


Did you know ?
Gustave Eiffel has engraved on the tower the names of 72 leading French engineers, scientists and mathematicians of the time

The Eiffel Tower (7th)

  • Symbol of Paris, if there is only one monument in Paris to visit it is of course this one!
  • Open all year (with some night until midnight depending on the season). In the evening, the view is magical!
  • A little advice, take your tickets in advance, under penalty of queuing and go early in the morning. There is less people.
la tour eiffel, monument symbole de Paris


Did you know ?
The Arc de Triomphe was almost an elephant. It was the first Napoleon project, finally abandoned!

The Arc de Triomphe (8th)

  • A panoramic view of all Paris from the terrace of the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Free for children under 18
  • Nocturnes until 23h in summer
  • Closed on January 1st, May 1st, May 8th (morning), July 14th (morning), November 11th (morning) and December 25th


billets coupe file pour l'arc de trimphe
Did you know ?
André Malraux, then Minister of Cultural Affairs and admirer of Chagall who asked the painter to achieve a new ceiling at the Opera Garnier.

Opera Garnier (9th) - Visit

Architectural wealth, artistic treasures, majestic hall, Opera Garnier is a magical place. It is the largest lyrical theater in Europe and has the most significant architecture of Second Empire art.

  • Free visit of the Opéra Garnier : every day from 10h to 16h30 (from 10h to 17h30) except days of performances in the afternoon and days of exceptional closure. Free for children under 12
  • We : themed tours like "The mysteries of the Opera" (after the closing of the Opera) or the storytelling "A love of Opera


visite de l'Opéra Garnier
Did you know ?
The ballet of the Paris Opera is composed of Stars, first dancers, subjects, coryphaes and quadrilles

The Catacombs of Paris, the Parisian ossuary (14th)

  • AT 20m underground, a veritable maze where are collected the remains of about six million Parisians, transferred between the end of the eighteenth century and the middle of the nineteenth century .. An amazing place!
  • A entanglement of dark galleries and narrow corridors, where the visitor discovers a staging of death with the bones - from the skull to the shin - arranged in one romantico-macabre decor.
  • Reflect on the place of the dead in everyday life and remember that in the Middle Ages, the tradition was to live near his dead.
  • Advised to more than 10/12 years!
  • Every day (except Monday) from 10h to 17h. (last entry at 16h). Closed on Mondays and holidays


Les Catabombes de Paris

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre (18th)

  • At 130m altitude, with its Roman-Byzantine style, it dominates all Paris.
  • She became a symbol of Paris. Its ceiling shelters the largest mosaic of France (480 m ² of surface)
  • The view of Paris since the basilica is absolutely magnificent.
  • Free access and free


le sacré-coeur, en haut de la butte de Montmartre de Paris