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Catacombs of Paris: Entry Ticket + Audio Guide

Get subterranean in this macabre tour of what lies beneath the City of Lights

Audio guide: English, French, German, Spanish
Provider: Tiqets International B.V.
Registered address: James Wattstraat 77-P, 1097 DL, Amsterdam, NL
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What's included

Access to the Catacombs
Audio guide in English, French, Spanish, German

Important information

* There are 131 steps down & 112 steps back up * <14 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Go underground and experience a 1.5 kilometer circuit, constructed way back in 1786
  • See the nearly organized skeletons of six million former Parisians as you explore one of the world’s largest and one of only a handful ossuary located underground
  • Discover this unique experience to visit another aspect of The city of Lights and learn about its 18th-century history with the fascinating audio guide

Take an underground tour of Paris's grisly mass graveyard, where the bones of a staggering six million human remains are on macabre display. Wandering these corridors is a fantastically eerie experience, and you'll learn all about life (and death) in 18th-century Paris with the multilingual audio guide. Discover the dark side of Paris!

In the late eighteenth century, when major public health problems tied to the city’s cemeteries led to a decision to transfer their contents to an underground site. Paris authorities chose an easily accessible site that was, at the time, located outside the capital: the former Tombe-Issoire quarries under the plain of Montrouge. The first evacuations were made from 1785 to 1787 and concerned the largest cemetery in Paris, the Saints-Innocents cemetery.

The site was consecrated as the “Paris Municipal Ossuary” on April 7, 1786, and, from that time forward, took on the mythical name of “Catacombs”, in reference to the Roman catacombs, which had fascinated the public since their discovery. Starting in 1809, the Catacombs were opened to the public by appointment.

Today you can dive into the heart of history and explore at your own pace the corridors where the skulls are neatly stacked. And with a multilingual audioguide, you will learn more about this secret part of Parisian history.

Insider tip

  • On the day of your visit, please show your Tiqets' smartphone ticket at the entrance.
  • Make sure to be on time for your chosen timeslot
  • Please download your ticket before your visit to make sure it is accessible offline
  • Please note: Food, drinks, luggage, strollers, and motorcycle helmets are not allowed inside
  • For safety reasons, it is forbidden to enter the Catacombs with suitcases and luggage. Only bags up to 40x30cm are allowed and they must not be carried on the shoulders. There are no cloakroom facilities available onsite
  • Temperatures in the Catacombs can be as low as 14°C, so dress appropriately
Catacombs
Sunday 09:45 - 20:30
Monday Closed
Tuesday 09:45 - 20:30
Wednesday 09:45 - 20:30
Thursday 09:45 - 20:30
Friday 09:45 - 20:30
Saturday 09:45 - 20:30
Les Catacombes de Paris
1, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014, Paris
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  • Get a full refund if you select a refundable ticket during checkout and cancel until 23:59 the day before you visit.
  • Rescheduling is not possible for this ticket.

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Ulises ,  United States United States
29 Mar 2024
Excellent
We had an interesting time, definitely unlike anything I have ever seen before. It was very educational. The catacombs were very clean and well-maintained. The tour was an easy walk. The ground...
We had an interesting time, definitely unlike anything I have ever seen before. It was very educational. The catacombs were very clean and well-maintained. The tour was an easy walk. The ground was smooth, and the bones surrounding us were properly secured. Fun, spooky tour!
Catacombs of Paris: Entry Ticket + Audio Guide
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Haim,  Israel Israel
02 May 2024
Excellent
Very efficient, we bought tickets within minutes in line for the museums. buying experience.
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Dr Anna,  South Africa South Africa
16 Mar 2024
Good
Very insightful and different experience! Long walk on uneven terrain, but worth it!
Catacombs of Paris: Entry Ticket + Audio Guide

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