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Things to do in Bordeaux

Things to do in  Bordeaux

Welcome to Bordeaux

Bordeaux attracts travelers with its culture, scenery, and wine. The sheer number of wineries and varietals can be overwhelming, so an organized wine-tasting tour to the “chateaux” of Saint-Émilion, Médoc, or Graves ensures visitors get to taste the best wines without having to worry about picking and choosing. In addition to the world-class wine, Bordeaux is renowned for its historic buildings and squares, from Bordeaux Cathedral to Place des Quinconces and Place de la Comédie.

Top 10 attractions in Bordeaux

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La Cité du Vin

La Cité du Vin

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Bordeaux has long been one of the world’s top wine destinations but when Cité du Vin opened in 2016, it finally got a museum to match its reputation. Housed in a modernist building that resembles a wine decanter, the center comprises exhibition spaces, cultural events, a wine bar, a cinema space, and more.More
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Saint-Emilion

Saint-Emilion

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Surrounded by the vineyards of Bordeaux, the medieval village of Saint-Emilion is pure eye candy. The picturesque town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, takes its name from a Benedictine monk who—according to local legend—took refuge in a cave here in the eighth century. Centered around a monolithic church that was painstakingly carved from limestone in the 12th century, the village comprises a cluster of cobbled streets lined with historic stone houses, Romanesque ruins, and shops selling Saint-Emilion wines.More
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Pyla Dune (Dune du Pilat)

Pyla Dune (Dune du Pilat)

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Standing more than 360 feet (110 meters) above sea level in Bordeaux, France, Pyla Dune (Dune du Pilat) is the tallest sand dune in Europe. In the summer months, a staircase is constructed to allow visitors to climb the dune—an activity that draws over one million visitors every year.More
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Porte Cailhau

Porte Cailhau

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Built in 1495, this dramatic Gothic Revival 35-meters tall city gate was built to commemorate King Charles VIII's victory at Fornovo in Italy during the Italian War of 1494. At the time, it was the main entry point to Bordeaux from the port. It faces Place du Palais and features several ornamental sculptures and towers, something that is very typical of architecture built under the reign of Charles VIII; indeed, the monarch wanted this gate to showcase his power and affluence. The gate, which was once part of the Bordeaux city wall, was later on used as a defensive tower (the multitude of portcullis, murder holes, and machicolation features are there to prove this), and as a salt scale and storehouse.Nowadays, it houses an informative exhibition dedicated to the tools and materials with which the tower was built as well as the urban development of Bordeaux. There is a wonderful view of the old town center, the Garonne River, and the Pont de Pierre Bridge from the top floor.More
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Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)

Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)

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The Place de la Bourse (or Place Royale) faces onto the river Garonne. It was laid out in the 1700s by Louis XV's architect, Gabriel, to act as a dramatic frame for an equestrian statue of the monarch.The Place de la Bourse is framed on one side by the Stock Exchange (the 'Bourse' that gives the square its name) and on the other side by a museum. In the center of the square is its chief beauty and attraction, the fountain of the Three Graces, built by Visconti in 1869. When it's lit at night it is highly photogenic.More
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Médoc

Médoc

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Stretching north and west of Bordeaux along the Garonne River, the Médoc region produces some of the area’s best wines. Renowned for its idyllic vineyards, historic chateaux, and cabernet sauvignon wines, Médoc should be at the top of the list for wine lovers visiting Bordeaux.More
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Grand Theatre

Grand Theatre

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OverviewBuilt in the 18th century, Bordeaux’s Grand Theatre is a well-known symbol of French culture. The ornate neoclassical building is used for theatrical and operatic performances and has also served as the location of the French parliament during times of war.More
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Bordeaux Cathedral (Cathédrale St. André)

Bordeaux Cathedral (Cathédrale St. André)

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The most remarkable religious building in Bordeaux, according to locals, the Bordeaux Cathedral (Cathédrale St. André) is famous for having a separate and independent bell tower. The cathedral was first built in the 13th century and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, while having once played a significant role in the religious and cultural development of Bordeaux; it is indeed where the prosperous Eleanor of Aquitaine got married to the future King of France, Louis VII. Her considerable wealth benefited the entire city and even the cathedral itself, which was subsequently enlarged and lavishly decorated. One of its most remarkable features is undoubtedly the wrought ironwork by local craftsman Blaise Charlut, which is located in the middle of the transept. The cathedral’s 14th-century tympanum depicts the Last Judgment in the most dramatic way in prominent Gothic architecture.Bordeaux Cathedral is also where Archbishop Bertrand de Goth found out that he had been elected Pope and officially became Pope Clement V, the first to move the Curia from Rome to Avignon. Its also infamous for suppressing the order of the Knights Templar. The cathedral would again see the wedding of a royal family in 1615, this time between King Louis XIII and Queen consort Anne of Austria, following a tradition of fortifying military and political alliances between the Catholic powers of France and Spain with royal marriages.More
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Pomerol

Pomerol

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Pomerol is an undersized, wine-oriented village located about 45 minutes east of Bordeaux. But its relatively small size–just 2,000 acres–definitely isn’t an obstacle to quality; indeed, Pomerol has become one of the region’s most respected Appellations d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) over the second half of the 20th century, despite being slightly different from the strictly categorized, upmarket Bordeaux wines.With a yearly production that edges about 3,000 bottles per winery, Pomerol wines find prestige in rarity. Most of them are produced on small farmlands and insist on remaining a high quality, low volume type of wine, a feature that is unquestionably reflected in their steep prices.With most wines in Pomerol being of the Merlot kind, the region is therefore a brilliant destination for wine neophytes with a large budget, as Merlot is one of the most palatable red wines present in France. Cabernet Franc also plays a supporting role, a wine that will appeal to those in search of crisp, savory flavors.More
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Garonne River

Garonne River

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Flowing down from the Spanish Pyrenees all the way to France’s Atlantic coast, the Garonne is the most important river of southwestern France. Passing through two major cities—Toulouse and Bordeaux—the Garonne also runs into the Gironde estuary, the largest of its kind in Europe.More

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Top activities in Bordeaux

Saint Emilion Afternoon Wine Tour with Winery Visits & Tastings from Bordeaux
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Medoc or St-Emilion Small-Group Wine Tasting and Chateaux Tour from Bordeaux
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Private Full Day Wine Tour from Bordeaux

Private Full Day Wine Tour from Bordeaux

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Bordeaux City Pass

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Recent reviews from experiences in Bordeaux

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Ahad_J, Oct 2021
Saint Emilion Half-Day Trip with Wine Tasting & Winery Visit from Bordeaux
The tour guide was very kind and gave a lot of suggestions for things to do around Bordeaux.
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Great way to see the city! Highly recommended!
Alex_M, Sep 2021
Bordeaux Essentials Sightseeing Bike Tour with a Local Guide
Fantastic way to see Bordeaux.
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This one is a must book!
Samantha_P, Sep 2021
Bordeaux Vineyard Small Group Full Day Experience with Picnic Lunch
We had time to visit Saint Emilion as well and had such a wonderful day.
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Fantastic tour!!
Kemarie_M, Sep 2021
Prestige Commented Cruise with Glass of Wine and Canelé in Bordeaux
Fantastic host, very accommodating and was helpful to offer languages in both French/English.
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Very enjoyable
Dorothy_H, Aug 2021
Prestige Commented Cruise with Glass of Wine and Canelé in Bordeaux
Excellent commentary, very pleasant staff, would recommend to see the sights of Bordeaux from the river, the yacht is very pleasant and worth the money
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Great morning in Bordeaux
Todd_B, Jul 2021
Bordeaux Like a Local: Customized Private Tour
She showed us all the important sites I’d the city and also got to see how the locals live!!
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Walking Tour of Bordeaux
Paul_W, Jul 2021
Bordeaux Like a Local: Customized Private Tour
Provided insight on additional activities.
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AMAZING TOUR!
Andrew_O, Oct 2021
Saint Emilion Half-Day Trip with Wine Tasting & Winery Visit from Bordeaux
It was a dream to see this part of France and witness the culture with my friends through this tour.
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One of the best city tours
Andrew_W, Sep 2021
Bordeaux City Sights Walking Tour
Our guide was brilliant at switching between French and English, and kept everyone’s interest throughout the 2 hour tour.
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Great small size tour to recommend
Li_H, Jul 2021
Saint Emilion Day Trip with Sightseeing Tour & Wine Tastings from Bordeaux
His English was really good too.
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Segway was a cinch
Lynn_P, Jul 2021
2-Hour Bordeaux Segway Tour
Bordeaux is the perfect city to see by segway.
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Great experience
Valeriya_B, Aug 2020
Bordeaux City - Private Guided Walking Tour with Local Sophia
We went on a 3 hour walk with Phia and really enjoyed it - from trying delicious local pastries to learning about what life in Bordeaux is like, along with a bit of history and recommendations for places to visit.
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Great Experience!
Cheryl_C, Feb 2020
Discover Bordeaux vineyard : special wine tasting with two cellar men brothers
They are very patient and speak great English for those of us who haven’t mastered French yet.
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Wine tasting in February
edelcallaghan5, Feb 2020
Bordeaux Vineyards Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip
A lovely day out - got to see a lot of the Bordeaux region, Glass on wine and onion soup in St Emilion village
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Wine and trade museum
Filippo_g, Dec 2019
Bordeaux Wine and Trade Museum Admission Ticket with Wine Tasting
I recommend to visit this museum.
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My Bordeaux Segway Experience
Emerico D, Feb 2019
2-Hour Bordeaux Segway Tour
The guides were conscious of both our safety and the need for us to see the great sights of Bordeaux.
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dwight.horkheimer, Nov 2017
Saint Emilion Day Trip with Sightseeing Tour & Wine Tastings from Bordeaux
Alot to see in the area made for a full day.
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Really enjoyed our tour. Maria was...
Carolyn M, Sep 2017
Bordeaux City Sights Walking Tour
Maria was an excellent guide, great English and full of information about the history and architecture of Bordeaux.
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This tour was a lovely way to spend...
Rebekah S, Nov 2017
Medoc or St-Emilion Small-Group Wine Tasting and Chateaux Tour from Bordeaux
Worth it to see some of the countryside surrounding Bordeaux.
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Nice wine experience in Bordeaux...
CinthyaValeria_B, Feb 2018
Bordeaux Vineyards Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip
Nice wine experience in Bordeaux, wine tasting delightful, I loved that you could choose either French or English guidance, staff was really kind, I wish you could go to more than 2 vineyards and to be allowed to actually go through the vineyards.
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