Visiting the Cathedral

Self-guided tours

Free entry. Open from 8.30am to 7.30pm all year-round. Open until 10 pm from June to August, on every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, during the "Soirées Autrement” event.

Information: + 33 (0)2 37 21 59 08

 

Tours with an audioguide

Available in 6 languages. Audioguide rental at the Cathedral bookshop until 5 pm from April 1st to October 31st and until 4.30 pm from November 1st to March 31st. Every day except on 01/01, 25/12 and during religious celebrations and pilgrimages.

Tel.: +33 (0)2 37 21 75 02
Email: visitecathedrale@diocesechartres.com

 

Guided tours in English

With Malcom Miller, Guide/lecturer: from Easter to mid-October at 12 noon (not on Sundays or second half of August, nor if there is a religious celebration). Twelve participants needed for a public tour. Private tours also possible on request.

Tel.: +33 (0)2 37 28 15 58
Email: millerchartres@aol.com

 

A guided-tour of the Cathedral and Crypt (with a Cathedral tour-guide) will be available in English: From May 1st to September 30th at 2.45pm. 3 participants needed for a public tour. Private tours also possible.

Tel.: +33 (0)2 37 21 75 02
Email: visitecathedrale@diocesechartres.com

 

Check the notice board "Cathedral tours" at the entrance to the gift-shop in the North Tower. This is also the meeting-point. Off-season on request. 

 

The labyrinth: Walk it on Fridays from Lent to All Saints' Day

Whether you're a pilgrim, a history and heritage buff or just curious, walking the labyrinth is an exceptional experience at the Cathedral. Enter it in the lower section of the nave. The labyrinth invites you to find harmony: live at other people's pace, wait, be patient. As Gilles Fresson (the Cathedral's Coordination Officer) explains, the labyrinth evokes man's journey through life. "Each turn represents the hairpin bends in our lives, proof that life is not a tranquil, straight line." All along this path, you will be taken by the immensity of the space above you.