Necropolis of the Kings & Queens:

The Basilica of St Denis

1 to 8

2.5 hour

from 89.90€

Flexible cancellation policy

We understand that plans can change, which is why we are happy to offer a full refund with no questions asked, up to 24 hours before your tour departure time.

Within 24 hours we’ve already started preparing for your tour and can’t easily fill your slot, so we won’t be able to provide a refund after that point.



Necropolis of the French Kings and Queens, the world’s first gothic cathedral is the perfect place to uncover the fascinating royal history of France.

The Basilica of St Denis is the final resting place of the kings and queens of France. Take a 2.5-hour semi-private visit to the world’s first Gothic cathedral with an expert guide and discover the necropolis of the French royal families. The spectacular architecture will take your breath away, and the tombs of the monarchs will inspire you with over 1500 years of royal grandeur.

Private

Benefit from a private guide, just for you and your family or friends
Tailor your visit to suit your own specific needs and wishes
Explore at your own pace

280€

Price for 2 guests

Semi Private

Immerse yourselves in an interactive exploration with a passionate, licensed guide Extra-small group size allows for a flexible and fluid visit Treat yourself to premium visiting conditions

89.90€

Price for 1 adult

Private

Benefit from a private guide, just for you and your family or friends
Tailor your visit to suit your own specific needs and wishes
Explore at your own pace

280€

Price for 2 guests

Semi Private

Immerse yourselves in an interactive exploration with a passionate, licensed guide Extra-small group size allows for a flexible and fluid visit Treat yourself to premium visiting conditions

89.90€

Price for 1 adult

Highlights

  • Enjoy a 2.5 hour guided tour of the spectacular royal Basilica of St Denis.
  • See the royal tombs of the kings and queens of France.
  • Fully accredited local guides bring history to life.
  • Escorted tour departing from central Paris.
  • Benefit from reserved access and all entrance fees.

Tour Description

Official necropolis of the French monarchy, the Basilica of St Denis is home to the tombs of 43 kings and 32 queens, from Dagobert in the 7th century, to King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. With fascinating stories of numerous powerful and poignant personalities, a visit to this splendid cathedral is the perfect introduction to the city and history of Paris,through the kings and queens that both made and ruled it.

Learn also about the story of St Denis – patron saint of Paris – who the cathedral is dedicated to and who, according to legend, walked here carrying his own head, after being decapitated in Montmartre! This magnificent gothic masterpiece was built in the 13th century, many years before the cathedral of Notre Dame. Chosen by Saint Louis to be the final resting place of the French royal family, it houses a collection of the finest medieval and Renaissance royal tombs.

During the French Revolution, the royal kings and queens were meticulously dug out and thrown into a mass grave. With the Restoration of the monarchy, the glory of the kings had to also be restored, but how were their bodies found after the turmoil of the Revolution? Your guide will tell you this story, as well as that of the 10-year-old son of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, whose heart is preserved today in a crystal urn. But is it really his heart?

Learn the secrets of the lives and deaths of the French royal families on a visit to this incredible masterpiece of Gothic architecture.

What’s included

  • Guided visit of the Basilica of St Denis
  • Entrance tickets to the basilica
  • Expert, fully accredited English-speaking tour guide
  • Escorted travel to and from St Denis on the Paris metro

FAQ

Where is the meeting point? Do we need to go to St Denis by ourselves?

The meeting point is in central Paris (by the Champs Elysées). Your guide will meet you there and escort you to and from the Basilica on the metro.

Do we need to pay for our transport tickets to get there?

The cost of the tickets is included in your tour price.

How long does it take to get there?

It takes approximately 20 minutes to get to the Basilica on the metro.