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“Affordable day (self guided)”
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The Catacombs
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Skip the Line: Catacombs of Paris Small-Group Walking Tour
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Owner description: A genuine labyrinth in the heart of underground Paris, the Catacombs were fitted out in the galleries of former quarries. Twenty metres underground, the ossuary houses the remains of approximately six million Parisians, gradually transferred between the end of the 18th century and the mid 19th century, as the capital's cemeteries were closed for health reasons. Along a tangle of dark galleries, visitors discover a presentation of death with bones arranged in a romantic macabre decor. This unique site is a moving testimony to the history of Parisians and invites visitors on a timeless journey.
Gunnedah, Australia
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“Affordable day (self guided)”
Reviewed 17 May 2014

The wait can be long, we waited 1.5 hours after arrival at 11.30am.
Strongly recommend arriving prior to the opening of 10.00am or around 3.00pm.
Last entry is 4pm, with closure at 5.00pm.
Entry is €8 per person with the head sets €3 each.

Whilst the wait is a challenge, once inside, the self guided tour with head sets is well worth the wait.

You descend approx 90 steps in a spiral staircase, to over 100m below the surface and subway system, and are at the time of 40 million years ago, to when the Paris land mass was underwater.
It just amazing..

Photos are permitted along the way, except when you enter the actual location where the bones are located.

Stories along the way detail what each location is and the facts about the spot.

Don't pay the expensive pre-arranged tour prices, catch the nearest train to metro station Denfert Rochereau (blue line B).
As you exit, cross the street you will see a coffee shop. The line to enter will probably be seen as you cross the smaller road, heading away from the coffee shop.

Tickets are not able to be purchased on line and can only be purchased for the day of the tour.

Fantastic to walk the old mines, now catacombs.

Visited May 2014
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“Daunting emotionally & stairs physically.”
Reviewed 17 May 2014

We lined up at about 9am, luckily there were only about 30 in front of us as by the time they opened the queu was very long! There is a long flight of stairs down into the catacombs and the circular stairs at the end to climb back out were very steep - I would not recommend this for someone whom isn't feeling fit that day or gets dizzy easily. We hired the headsets which were a must, the catacombs themselves were interesting but definately spooky. I would recommend wearing a cap or hat as kept on getting drips of water falling onto our heads (which made me wonder what the water was seeping through...:/...). We were left wondering why in some areas the bones looked a little lower in height, but when we exited our bags were checked to make sure we hadn't decided to take a bone as a souvenir, needless to say that wasn't an appealing idea for a keepsake! Definately a must to visit but it can feel claustrophobic and I didn't feel entirely at ease whilst wandering through. There is a little souvenir shop just across from the exit if you feel the need to have a keepsake!

Visited June 2013
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Rainbow Lake, New York, United States
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“Stairs and Bones”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

I've been waiting decades to visit this place. It seems that every 20 years or so, (back in the last century and before) the burial space was so limited that the remains of the dead were disinterred and the skulls and femurs were neatly stacked in underground passages. It was a fascinating and totally visceral experience. There was no sense of morbidity at all...just the presence of millions of bones and memories of the dead from long ago Paris.

Visited May 2014
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Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
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“Creepy, but Worth the visit”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

A very popular attraction as there is usually at least a 2 hour wait - at all times, so best to get there at 9 am for the 10 am opening as they let in only 20 visitors at a time. It is well worth the wait and highly recommended you pay the extra 3 € for the audio headset. Cool, damp and dark place to move around in, so not good for those with mobility issues. One of the best and unique parts of our Paris visit and definitely a must see.

Visited May 2014
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Bedford
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

Queued for 2 hours in the rain, sun, rain sun..........Once in it was clear to see why the queue took so long to move. The first thing in this attraction are the 6 or 7 history boards that everyone wants to read to find out what it's all about. These should be moved further inside and spread out allowing more people to move in more quickly.

Hundreds of years of history buried below the streets of Montparnasse, the remains of millions of bodies relocated from other plots. Spooky but compelling. Reading reviews this may not be everyone's cup of tea but if you think that you can stomach it, it's worth a visit

Visited May 2014
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