free tourist attractions in France
this page we list some of the best tourist attractions in France that
can be visited free of charge. It is not possible to list these in
order of popularity, since being free there are often no tickets sold,
therefore no accurate visitor statistics..
Note : Senior citizens, over
is not much of a tradition in France of offering free access or
discounts to senior
citizens (unlike Spain, Italy or the UK, for example), but it sometimes
worth looking to see in there is a "tarif seniors".
These do exist sometimes, and for example, Seniors benefit from the
reduced rate at the Paris Science
museum at La Villette.
attractions by category:
France's magnificent medieval cathedrals
are among the most
visited of the nation's free tourist attractions, on a par with the top
The finest gothic cathedrals in France are to be found at:
- Notre Dame
famous for its incredible medieval stained glass windows
Dame cathedral -one of the most visited in France.
the cathedral where the kings of France used to be crowned
of the greatest gothic cathedrals.
another fine medieval cathedral
- Beauvais (Picardy) never
finished, but the highest vaults of any medieval cathedral.
- Bourges (Centre region)
one of the last medieval cathedrals to have been built. Fine stained
glass - see gallery
the only fortified cathedral in France.
- Abbey of Saint
Savin sur Gartempe
- medieval frescoes
- Abbey of Vezelay
- Abbey church of Conques (Midi Pyrenees
- Saint Philibert, Tournus, (Burgundy)
one of the oldest churches in France.
- Saint Sernin, Toulouse - (Midi Pyrenees)
Note: the permanent
collections of state
museums, including the Louvre,
at all times to young
people under 26 years of age and resident
in the EU, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein. Free tickets can be
obtained on presentation of a valid ID - passport or ID card - plus
proof of residency - at the museum ticket office
museums (that means most major museums in France) are
free for everyone on the
first Sunday of each month.
that are free at all times:
Entrance free to the permanent collections in these museums
- Paris: City
of Paris Museum of Modern Art,
- Paris - Musée
the museum of the history of Paris
- Paris - Petit Palais,
of Paris museum of fine arts; near the Champs Elysées.
Includes some Impressionists.
Bourget - Just outside Paris: Musée de
l'air et de
- See also
Musée des beaux arts - one of the best general
galleries in France outside Paris. No longer free.
Musée d'Aquitaine - good prehistoric section,
reproduction of part of the Lascaux cave paintings.
- Musée des Beaux Arts - one of the finest
galleries in France, housed in the former palace of the Dukes of
Musée des beaux arts -
A collection from XV to XX century, including works by Delacroix,
Redon, Renoir, Berthe Morisot, plus Limoges enamels and prehistoric
- Palais de Carnolès. from Greek icons
Renaissance to Chagall Dufy and Picasso. A fine small museum.
Musée des Beaux Arts.
- Nice - Nice museums are no longer free, except
to under-18s and students
- - Musée Matisse.
- Musée des Beaux arts (includes works by
Boudin, Degas, Dufy, Sisley, Rodin, and others)
- Musée d'art moderne et contemporain - Modern
2016 ) Musée des Beaux arts and
municipal museums. The best collection of works by the Impressionists
- Musée départemental de la Résistance
et de la Déportation - Museum of the French
Other free sites to visit
free access to the grounds. Free access to the château for
and for under-26s resident in the European Union (proof of residence
Medieval bastide city port, from where the Crusaders set off
medieval times. And generally speaking the other bastide towns of
(Provence) : Admire the famous "Pont d'Avignon", or what
remains of it. Most of the Medieval bridge, a Unesco world heritage
site, was washed away in the 17th century. Also visit the old
city and the free gardens beside the medieval Papal palace
. the historic medieval city is free to visit, but there is a charge
for access to the ramparts. Children free, and EU citizens aged 18-25
also free (ID required).
- Mazamet (Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées area) . the Mazamet aerial walkway. See Offbeat France
visit the Millau
viaduct and interpretive
centre on the A75 motorway. (Bridge toll). Also close by Les
Gorges du Tarn -
a deep natural gorge
wander along the Promenade des Anglais and visit the gardens of the old
château de Nice. Also several formerly free art galleries.
- Nimes (Languedoc)
: view from the outside the famous Roman remains of the
Amphitheatre the Tour Magne and the Maison Carrée.
sur Glane, near Limoges. (Limousin)
. A French village that was the site of a massacre by Nazi SS in 1944.
The village was burned to the ground, and remains preserved as it was
left, a memorial to the horrors of war. Free entrance to the
A major medieval pilgrimage centre, the old town
hanging precariously on the steep rocky side of a valley.
Malo (Brittany) . Fortifications - One of the walled cities of France
- Near Pontarlier (Franche
Comté). La source de la Loue - the
emerges, full-size, from a cavern at the base of a cliff
Generally speaking, France's immensely rich natural environment is free
for all to enjoy. See Wild
for the sparsely populated upland areas of France; for some
dramatic natural landscape features, most of them free to visit, see