Things To See in Bordeaux, France

From museums to churches to stunning architecture, Bordeaux offers a variety of sights for visitors to enjoy.

The Cathédrale St-André is a wonderful example of Gothic design. This large church also sport many artistic wonders inside its large structure. In terms of museums, two of the best to check out while in Bordeaux are the Musée des Beaux Arts and the Musée d'Histoire Naturelle.

For something a little different, a visit to the Cimetière de la Chartreuse is a must. This is Bordeaux’s answer to the famous Parisian cemetery, Père Lachaise.

Shopping in Bordeaux is plentiful too, from antiques to haute couture. Fashionistas should check out the area around Place des Grands Hommes. The rue St-Catherine, which at 1 kilometre is France’s longest pedestrian street, is home to a huge number of boutiques. If you’re looking for a bargain, why not try the market called Village Notre-Dame, close to rue Notre-Dame.

Attractions in Bordeaux

  • Musée des Beaux Arts

    20 cours d’Albret, Bordeaux, France

    Featuring a collection of paintings dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries, this museum is quite popular. Some of the artists included in the comprehensive displays include Rubens, Marquet and Delacroix.

    Open Wed-Sun 11am-6pm; admission €5.

  • Cathédrale St-André

    Place Pey-Berland, Bordeaux, France

    Located in the city’s old town area, this huge Gothic church dates back to the 11th century. The largest place of worship in Bordeaux, the Cathedral is home to the impressive 13th century Porte Royale, and also to sculptures from the 14th century found on the North Door.

  • Musée d'Histoire Naturelle

    5 place Bardineau, Bordeaux, France

    The Musée d'Histoire Naturelle or Natural History Museum in Bordeaux dates back to 1811 and is one of France’s oldest museums. On display you’ll see examples of animals from many different species from all over the world, including some that are facing extinction.

    Open Mon, Wed-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat-Sun 2pm-6pm, closed Tuesdays.

  • Cimetière de la Chartreuse

    180 rue Georges-Bonnac, Bordeaux, France

    This is Bordeaux’s version of the famous Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris. Here you’ll see the graves of many notable French citizens, including Goya and Lacour. Many of the monuments and sculptures dotted around the cemetery date back to the 19th century.

    Open winter 8am-5pm, summer 8.30am-5.30pm.

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