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Tower of Pey-Berland

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Address: Place Pey-Berland, 33000, Bordeaux, France
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+33 5 56 81 26 25
10:00 - 13:15
14:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 13:15
14:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Situated to the south-east of the chevet of the Cathedral of Saint-André at...

Situated to the south-east of the chevet of the Cathedral of Saint-André at Bordeaux, the tower of Pey-Berland serves as its bell tower, built in the 15th century in the Gothic style. Its isolation was due to the wish to provide the Cathedral with magnificent bells which would not threaten the structure with their vibrations. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: > June to September: from 10 a.m. to 1.15 p.m.and from 2 p.m. to 6 p. m. > October to May: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed: > Mondays from October to May. > 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 5,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

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View is worth the effort!

Yes it is quite an effort to get to the top - and passing is an intimate experience - but the view is certainly worth it. The powers that be have decreed that no more than 19... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 August 2016
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Yes it is quite an effort to get to the top - and passing is an intimate experience - but the view is certainly worth it. The powers that be have decreed that no more than 19 people may be inside at any one time - and the trip up/down needs around 20 minutes. So you can make the calculation... More 

1 Thank MSH-Sussex
Shreveport, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

233 steps to the top but totally worth it. There are a couple of stops on the way to the top. You can see into the belfry and have a panoramic view at the top.

1 Thank Carolyn J
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

Adult entry 5.50Euros. Great views over Bordeaux from the top. Having climbed many towers around the world, we would agree that there isn't a lot of room on the spiral staircase, but it's not as bad as some, and they do restrict entry numbers so that it isn't too crowded. If you aren't fit or have issues with stairs or... More 

1 Thank Angu5
Warsaw, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Tower of Pey-Berland. Amazing architecture. Historic spot and a perfect place to take a picture from Bordeaux.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

A very tall Bell Tower for a magnificent Cathedral. It is a beautiful structure. Apparently the reason the Bell Tower is separate from the church building is because of the thunder and the tremor created by the ringing of the bells which can be a dangerous threat to the safety of the main building and could cause serious damage. The... More 

Thank Dimitris L
Inishcrone, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

When visiting the cathedral, this prominent structure stands out. We only took a short visit but they do have tours.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

Its 233 steps, very narrow, and no place to stop. People go up and down the same flight. Its an amazing view!!!

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

231 steps up. But great views across the city. You can access for 'free' with your City Pass. They only allow 19 (yes an odd number) of people up the tower at a time. So you may want to consider a quieter time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

At the tower, you don't get a great view without working for it - climb some 230 steps up! It is a narrow pathway up and one has to keep walking. There are small corners every now and then where one can rest for a bit (for the physically less fit, children or the elderly); on the whole it was... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

There will be a wait at the bottom of the tower to get in, due to limits on numbers (I waited a little over 10 minutes). The sign at the bottom warns you about the 231 steps you'll have to climb, but doesn't warn you about the petite and narrow doorway to get out onto the top floor viewing area.... More 

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