Catacombs Tickets and Tours in Paris
Helpful advice from us and our travellers so you can enjoy your experience to the fullest.
What are the Paris Catacombs?
Originally a network of stone mines, the tunnels were eventually used to store Paris' dead in the 17th century, when the city suffered an excess of corpses.
Can you visit all of Paris' Catacombs?
Of the 300 km (180 mi) of tunnels underneath the city, only a single mile is open to the public. This is due to the instability of the passages, with many now partially flooded or too low or narrow to navigate.
What should I wear when visiting the Paris Catacombs?
As the entire tour is underground, make sure to bring a light jacket or sweater as it can get a little chilly regardless of the season. The stairs are also quite steep, so you might want to avoid wearing a skirt, and you'd do well to wear closed-toed shoes due to the damp nature of the tunnels.
Are the Paris Catacombs suitable for children?
Tours can last over an hour, and the catacombs are neither stroller or wheelchair friendly, you might want to avoid taking younger kids prone to nightmares as you'll more than likely be face-to-face with real dead people, which may be traumatising. Also there are no bathrooms or toilets throughout the tour.