Visit the Towers of Chartres Cathedral

A rare blend of architecture and decoration

A destination for pilgrims for over a thousand years, the Cathedral of Chartres, located on the plain of Beauce, was severely damaged by a number of fires. The façade and one of the spires date from the 12th century, the second spire was built in the 16th century on a 12th century base while the nave and chancel go back to the 13th century. From the top of the Jehan de Beauce tower, visitors can enjoy superb views of the surrounding country and take a close-up look at the Cathedral’s Gothic architecture.

Cathedral designated world heritage site by UNESCO.

Opening times

  • Open
    • 2nd May to 31st August: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • 1st September to 30th April: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Closed
    • Sunday mornings
    • 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December

Practical information

  • Unaccompanied tour
  • Guided tour: Every Saturday and Sunday in low season at 3 p.m., everyday from May to August and during school holidays at 4 p.m.


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


  • Bicycle stand (south square)
  • Parking for coaches 300 m (bd de la Résistance and street of la Couronne)


  • At the intersection of the roads between Paris/Le Mans and Rouen/Orléans
  • From Le Mans: A11, exit 3, then RN10, Cathedral of Chartres
  • From Paris: A11, exit 2, then RN10, Cathedral of Chartres
  • From Rouen or Orléans: RN154, Cathedral of Chartres


Tours de la cathédrale de Chartres
Cloître Notre-Dame
28000 Chartres
tel.: (33) (0)2 37 21 22 07


Cloître Notre-Dame, 28000 Chartres