Guided tour

Necropolis of Kings and Queens: Basilica of St. Denis Tour

Activity provider: Memories France

Necropolis of Kings and Queens: Basilica of St. Denis Tour

Activity provider: Memories France

From US$ 88.11 per person

Enjoy a semi-private guided tour of the world’s first Gothic cathedral and burial site of kings and queens of France. Marvel at over 1,500 years of grandeur.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Enjoy a tour of the Royal Basilica of St. Denis with an expert guide
  • See the tombs of the kings and queens of France
  • Admire the grandeur of the world's first Gothic cathedral
  • Enjoy an intimate semi-private tour with 8 guests or fewer
Full description
Hear about the Catholic legend of St. Denis, the first bishop of Paris, who was decapitated. Holding his head under his arm, he gave a sermon while walking to the site where the basilica was to be built some 900 years later. Saint Louis selected this site for his family’s tombs, and the basilica now contains a collection of intricately sculpted sarcophagi. Explore the official necropolis of the French Monarchy on this 2.5-hour guided tour. In all there are tombs of 43 kings and 32 queens, from the 7th-century King Dagobert through Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. A guided visit of the site takes you through much of the history of Paris itself.
  • Guided tour of the Basilica of St. Denis
  • Entrance ticket for the basilica
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Escorted round-trip travel to St. Denis on the Paris metro
  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Meet your guide next to the Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau metro station by the statue of Charles de Gaulle, located right in front of the Grand Palais, 9 avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris.

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Important information

Know before you go

  •  Sunday bookings will give you the opportunity to attend mass after your visit
  •  The basilica is both a museum and a church. Occasionally, due to funerals or special masses, the tour may be canceled or postponed. All attempts will be made to advise you as early as possible
  •  From October through April, be sure to dress warmly as it can be quite cold inside the cathedral
  •  There are a few steps to enter the church and to reach the crypt. The necropolis museum has special access and elevators for disabled visitors. Be sure to notify the tour operator if you need special access so that arrangements can be made in advance
Customer reviews

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based on 8 reviews

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The guide, Marion, is great, very knoweldgeable and passionate... Good at explaining... She really makes herself available in order to make sure you understand every single aspect of what she's saying. What more for a guide ?... Bottomline, this was an excellent visit specially for those who want to know more about a recap of all the Kings & Queens of France, via the story of St Denis Basilica.

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Product ID: 123830