The Paris Catacombs
The Paris Catacombs
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9:45 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:45 AM - 8:30 PM
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9:45 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
9:45 AM - 8:30 PM
About
A genuine labyrinth in the heart of underground Paris, this ossuary houses the remains of approximately six million Parisians. The history of the Catacombs dates back to the late 18th century when the city's cemeteries were closed due to health reasons and its contents were moved to an underground site. Today, you can walk down the spiral staircase and take a guided tour of the network of tunnels or explore it at your own pace. It's recommended to buy skip-the-line tickets online to avoid snaking lines. You can easily reach the Catacombs by hopping on the Paris Metro. – Tripadvisor
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Neighbourhood: Petit-Montrouge
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  • Denfert-Rochereau • 1 min walk
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  • Thainá M
    Sao Paulo, SP7 contributions
    Fantastic!
    Buy your tickets with advance and enjoy the secrets of Paris!!! I made the visit solo, only with the audioguide and it worths the value. Great place for those who love history and it really makes you going into some deep reflections about the fine line between life and death. One of my best experiences in Paris!!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 February 2023
  • MermaidMaimy
    Birmingham, United Kingdom62 contributions
    Great for a fan of the macabre
    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Catacombs. The audio guide was really insightful, and even as someone who gets quite claustrophobic, I did not feel uncomfortable at any point. Great way to spend an hour and learn about the history of Paris' underworld.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 February 2023
  • honnetehome
    London, United Kingdom21 contributions
    Mixed feelings - honest review
    Its an interesting site, one I'm glad to have visited but I wouldn't necessary say it has an adequate price. At €29 per person this is pretty dear for an average tourist who may want to know some more of Paris history. I can appreciate that the upkeep of the place comes at high cost however I would say €15 per person would he more than enough and would allow more people to explore it. Considering so much of London tourists historical/education attractions are free I feel like this is excessive. Louvre where you can spend a whole day and not be done with it is only €16, kind of tells you everything you need to know. So for the price of it, disappointed but if you don't mind paying the price it's an interesting piece of history.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Rumbaroo
    Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom37 contributions
    Good way to understand a different bit of Parisian history
    Having both been to Paris before and visited the obvious sights, on this visit we decided to go for the less obvious and included a trip to the catacombs in our holiday. It is fascinating, though, if you don't speak French, you definitely need the auto guide to get the most out of the experience. Access is up/down lengthy flights of steps so you need to be ambulant. Also, I'm not claustrophobic, but I imagine that if you are, it may not be ideal for you. My only little complaint was that the audio guides didn't come with headphones, so you frequently heard the commentary coming from several headsets.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 11 March 2023
  • Lesilie g
    47 contributions
    Amazing History behind the bones
    Amazing history behind the bones. Our family of six toured the Catacombs in Paris on March 3, 2023. We had bought our tickets in advance, which was a wise decision, it was very busy, had a long line to buy on site. I found it very interesting not at all morbid as one may think. I would recommend this tour if you like History.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 13 March 2023
  • jackie l
    44 contributions
    alternative view of Paris!
    went with my 15 year old daughter and did the self guided walk with headphones. Very interesting and one of the highlights of our Paris weekend. Very alternative view of Paris and as my daughter is an EU citizen and 15 she was only Euro 5, so it balanced out my ticket which was Euro 29, but it included the headphones/info. I saw there were cheaper tickets available if you wanted to risk last minute (in the day) tickets, but we were only there a weekend so felt it safer to buy the full priced one.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 27 March 2023
  • caspops
    199 contributions
    Ok . Nothing spectacular. Ok to visit once
    The queues are long and you get freezing , if it’s raining take an umbrella no cover over You. We had time slot but waited around 15 mins . Security were friendly helped us to correct line . They check your bags and scan them . It was fine get the audio book for extra information. Everyone helpful no issues . Not really worth over 110€ for 4 but guess have to pay peoples wages . No issues . Around 1 hr if u take your time and let ppl who are rushing past just go ahead . Shop at end and into a completely different street so You figure out where you are . Wouldn’t go back one in a lifetime trip .. as nothing would change.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 28 March 2023
  • Ana V
    Eugene, Oregon610 contributions
    Very Interesting and unique
    This is an experience like no other. It is extremely unique and I do not know of any other place in the world that has done what Paris did in creating these Catacombs in this particular way. You have to purchase your tickets from the Catacombs web site seven days in advance. I found this to be a pain, since I was already in Paris and wished I could have done this before leaving home, but it all worked out doing it through my i-Phone. I recommend going during first time slot in the morning (9:45 am). I did not find this to be spooky or scary in any way. This was simply a mechanism Paris had to use as the city grew and cemeteries had to be closed and bodies moved. I purchased a book on the way out at the gift shop that was written in English on the Catacombs of Paris and it has been priceless at explaining the whole thing (only 122 pages and pictures). It is a fascinating place. I am not sure why it has negative comments.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 9 April 2023
  • Jeremy S
    2 contributions
    Down and dirty in the catacombs
    One of the first things we booked after our airline tickets, this was an attraction that everybody wanted to see (we’re a macabre sort of crew). The timed tickets allowed a set number of people in at a time which felt like the right amount to share some narrow tunnels filled with bones. The audio guides were good though I would have liked some more info. Could have spent more time down there but overall very cool. One note for those taller than 5’-10” (178cm), the ceilings are low and you will be constantly ducking your head. Wear a hat high on your head so you have a warning before knocking yourself out! Also, wear a pair of shoes you don’t mind getting covered in gray dust, or is that bone dust?! Did not disappoint.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 11 April 2023
  • Ellen L
    Chicago, Illinois35 contributions
    Be prepared to walk a lot
    This was on my bucket list and I’m very glad we were able to go! Learning about the history and seeing all the bones was a highlight. You have to purchase your tickets a bit early and in advance. They come out four days ahead of time on the museum website. We chose the first time slot and were the first ones in which was amazing! It is a lot of walking through old quarry before seeing bones. Our grandfather (84 years old) was with us and he was able to walk up and down the stairs and through the underground hallways with a few breaks here and there
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 April 2023
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Becky G
Dartford, UK54 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Interesting, but a little disconcerting being amongst millions of skeletons. Very well preserved and historical explanations also good.
Written 20 February 2024
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Laura D
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
We bought tickets ahead of time, and did not use a guided tour or skip the line tour. It was still very interesting, and the signs throughout were plenty to help get a sense of the attraction.
Written 19 February 2024
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Victoria
188 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
Former limestone quarries are now used to house the remains of nearly 6 millions Parisians. Their bones are arranged in decorative ways throughout the tunnels.

Purchasing a tour is recommended if you want to get the most out of your visit.

Word to the wise: Not recommended if you suffer from claustrophobia and not accessible-friendly (lots of stairs down and lots of stairs up). And don't touch the bones!
Written 18 February 2024
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jk80
Reading, UK58 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
This was a fascinating and unique attraction. As we'd visited Pere Lachaise earlier in our holiday it seemed in keeping with the theme! Tickets must be booked in advance and often seem to sell out - I really wouldn't turn up and just hope to get in. The ticket price is good value I'd say, for an hour-long experience, longer if you do the audio guide. There are about 100 steps down and back up again. There's a fair bit of walking through a long tunnel before you get to the bones. The place isn't cramped or scary - my other half would definitely have had a problem if there were. The bones are sensitively and thoughtfully presented throughout, and there is an optional audio guide. I'm glad they limit the numbers as I wouldn't have wanted to be in with crowds down there. There were plenty of staff around, keeping an eye down in the catacombs too. Once you see your first lot of bones you do get somewhat used to the sight and soon become accustomed to it. There is a quiet and respectful atmosphere. Photographers - flash isn't allowed so you'll have to turn your ISO up a bit, but there's enough light to get some good photos. I would say definitely an interesting thing to see and good value.
Written 15 February 2024
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enndija2
Belfast, UK3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Our family really enjoyed this experience! Even 11year old child liked! To avoid queue buy tickets online! Audio guide was very helpful
Written 15 February 2024
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Collin V
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
Really poor experience and shocking customer service. Pre booked tickets as it claims to be busy, unfortunately website kept crashing and eventually managed to book tickets for the same day instead of a week later when I would be in Paris. Showed the colleagues at the desk and explained the issue. I even showed them my passport to prove I wasn’t in the country the previous week but they just insisted I would have to buy another set of tickets for the full family. So another £100 later went in. A bit of common sense and goodwill would have gone a long way, it clearly wasn’t busy as I was able to pay on the door straight away so no reason not to honour the original booking which hadn’t been redeemed.
Written 13 February 2024
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Maxwell M
Colchester, UK39 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
An amazing experience on a number of levels. So glad we went. Awe inspiring. Restricted visitor numbers mean that you get a chance to take it all in from the history of the place to the fact you share the subterranean tunnels with so many dead people.
Written 25 January 2024
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ArchieF73
47 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Worth a visit but for a family to attend it can be expensive. Also the ticketing website is confusing as you can only book tickets for available slots, however that is not clear on the website. So you may pick 10am and only be allowed 1 ticket as that is all that is left for that slot. If you don’t know this you think you are limited to one ticket. Only by chance did I click another time slot and could buy 4 tickets.
(The website does says up to 5 per customer, but when presented with 1 tickets it can easily be confused for having to make 5 different purchases)
Anyway…. Just an observation.

We were in and out in 30 minutes (no audio guide - was expensive for 4). but was good to see such an historic part of Paris.
Written 10 January 2024
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M0xie4
Auckland, New Zealand125 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
What an experience. We've never visited anything like it before and whilst it was a sobering experience, it was well worth it to learn all the history.
Our guided tour also meant we 'skipped the queue' which was well worth paying the extra.
Written 9 January 2024
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RogueTowel
Vancouver, Canada55 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Super informative, I had no idea the history of the catacombs and how they came to be filled with bones.
It's also more physical than I expected; not that it was crazy physical, but still the most physical thing I did in Paris.
Written 3 January 2024
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