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Père Lachaise Cemetery
Père Lachaise Cemetery

Père Lachaise Cemetery

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16 rue de Repos, Paris, 75020

The Basics

The grand, tree-lined avenues and cobblestone lanes of the Père Lachaise Cemetery make a dramatic backdrop for a walking tour, and the faded headstones and aging monuments harbor centuries of history. With more than 110 acres (44 hectares) to explore, visiting with a tour guide is the most convenient option, and most small-group or private tours stop at all the highlights, including Jim Morrison’s grave.

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Paris Père Lachaise Cemetery: Famous Graves of Paris Walking Tour
Paris Père Lachaise Cemetery: Famous Graves of Paris Walking Tour
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$14.52 per adult
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Very nice tour.
Very informative and interesting tour under the charming and eloquent guide of Karen.Very good value for what I paid.
claudia_b, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

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Great tour - lots of history
Todd_W, Jul 2021
Paris Père Lachaise Cemetery: Famous Graves of Paris Walking Tour
Victoire our guide was very knowledgeable. Made for a great experience. We’ll worth the tour to get a full perspective!
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Ask for Vic!
Barbara_K, Jul 2021
Paris Père Lachaise Cemetery: Famous Graves of Paris Walking Tour
Vic was amazing. Knowledgeable, friendly and took time to answer questions to make sure we had a great tour experience! Recommend highly.
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Not a dead end😊
RobinA_13, Nov 2019
Paris Père Lachaise Cemetery: Famous Graves of Paris Walking Tour
Victoire was a great guide, starting with the history of burial customs in France and going through the creation of Pere Lachaise put everything in good perspective. We enjoyed her commentary about each of the gravesites we visited and she pointed out other artistic and interesting graves. Questions were encouraged and thoroughly answered and the tour was time well spent.
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Georgia On My Mind
lovetravelsslowly, Nov 2019
Paris Père Lachaise Cemetery: Famous Graves of Paris Walking Tour
On a crisp Saturday Morning we went to a Market and me with the fantastic and vibrant Georgia. She took us on a beautiful walk filled with history, love and life. She was full of immense knowledge and humor and light. I would love to do this tour again with her any day. Thank you for an incredible tour!
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Excellent informative tour
blackeyedsusan2016, Oct 2019
Paris Père Lachaise Cemetery: Famous Graves of Paris Walking Tour
Victoire was an excellent guide. The cemetery is very large and a bit of a maze so I am glad she was there to show us some of the famous and historical people buried there. She also gave us a lot of historical context that was valuable at the cemetery as well as other attractions that we visited in Paris.
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Completely intriguing
dainamgriffith, Oct 2019
Paris Père Lachaise Cemetery: Famous Graves of Paris Walking Tour
We had such an incredible time discovering this cemetery with our tour guide. She was engaging and knew exactly where to go. We were also able to stick around the cemetery after the tour had finished to wander. We highly recommend this tour!
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Cemetary
clgrimm, Sep 2019
Paris Père Lachaise Cemetery: Famous Graves of Paris Walking Tour
We had the most fantastic tour guide, Georgia. A wonderful experience from start to finish. Could not have been more perfect.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Admission to the Père Lachaise Cemetery is free.

  • The cemetery is wheelchair accessible, although some areas may be difficult to access without assistance.

  • Cemetery maps are available for free from the information office at the Boulevard de Ménilmontant entrance.

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How to Get There

The Père Lachaise Cemetery is located in Paris’ 11th arrondissement, around 3 miles (5km) east of downtown Paris. The cemetery has four entrances; the main entrance is on Boulevard de Ménilmontant, close to the Philippe Auguste metro stop (line 2). Other entrances are situated close to the Père-Lachaise (lines 2 and 3), Gambetta (line 3), and Alexandre Dumas (line 2) metro stations.

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When to Get There

The cemetery is open year round and is busiest in summer, when group tours descend on to the most popular sites. To avoid the crowds, time your visit for the early morning or aim for 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., when most tours break for lunch.

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Famous Residents of the Père Lachaise

Père Lachaise is the resting place of renowned composers, writers, artists, actors, singers, dancers, and even the immortal 12th-century lovers Abélard and Héloïse. One of the most-visited grave sites is that of rock star Jim Morrison of the Doors, who died in an apartment on rue Beautreillis in the Marais in 1971. Others include Oscar Wilde, Maria Callas, Chopin, Marcel Proust, Modigliani, Edith Piaf, Gertrude Stein, and Georges Haussmann—the man who laid out Paris's magnificent 19th-century boulevards.

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