Rendez-vous at the Palais of Tau

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. P. Müller

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux - Ph. Berthé

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. P. Lemaître

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. Ph. Berthé

Rendez-vous at the Palais of Tau Place du Cardinal-Luçon Reims fr

A thousand years of royal coronations

The former palace of the Bishops of Reims has been closely linked to the History of France over the centuries. Monarchs resided in the Palais of Tau prior to their coronation and returned here after the ceremony for the traditional feast and celebrations in the vast banqueting hall.

The most precious artefacts in the treasury are the remains of the Holy Ampulla, used since the anointing of Clovis in the 5th century, and the 9th-century Talisman of Charlemagne. The original statues from Reims Cathedral are also on display in addition to seventeen magnificent tapestries portraying the life of the Virgin.

Designated world heritage site by UNESCO.


Subject to modification.


  • 6th May to 8th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
  • 9th September to 5th May: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
  • Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.


  • Mondays
  • 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December


  • Number of floors visited during the tour: 3


  • Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch

• Reservations: 2 days
Duration: 1 hr

  • Audio-guide tour: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch (Rent at Reims Tourist Office)
  • Guided tour: French

• Reservations: 3 weeks
Duration: 1 hr 15 min

  • Joint lecture tour Palace and Cathedral Towers: French

From 1st April to 1st October
• Reservations: 3 weeks
Duration: 2 hrs 30 min


  • Refreshments in palace courtyard
  • Lavatories
  • Gift shop
  • Parking for coaches 100 m (Anatole France street)
  • Function room rental


  • Adults: 7,50 €
  • Concessions: 4,50 €
  • Rate for tourism professionals and groups (minimum 20 people): 6 €

Joint ticket Palais of Tau +towers

  • Adults: 11 €
  • Concessions: 7 €
  • Rate for tourism professionals and groups (minimum 20 people): 8 €
  • Free admission: minors under 18*
    Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France)
    * excluding school groups


  • At the junction of the Strasbourg/Paris and Lille /Beaune motorways
  • 150 km of Paris
  • From Paris: A4 direction Reims, exit 24, then, town centre


Palais du Tau
2, place du Cardinal-Luçon
B.P. 2062
51072 Reims cedex
Tel: (33) (0)3 26 47 81 79 - Fax: (33) (0)3 26 47 99 60

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