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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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$13.99 per adult
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Cold day, but warm and friendly tour!
Our tour guide, Hamish, was great! It was a cold and misty day, but his tour made the experience enjoyable, despite the weather.
Tony_M, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

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Great experience!
Carolyn_B, Nov 2021
Paris Père Lachaise Cemetery: Famous Graves of Paris Walking Tour
We really enjoyed the tour at Père Lachaise cemetery. The commentary and stories were very informative! We learned so much we never knew or would have learned on our own. Highly recommend!
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Seeing the variety of...
Barbara_C, Nov 2021
One Hour Père Lachaise Cemetery Self-guided Audio Tour
Seeing the variety of monuments and the resting places of so many famous people. I would have never found them on my own.
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An informative visit....
Gillian_A, Sep 2021
Paris Père Lachaise Cemetery: Famous Graves of Paris Walking Tour
An informative visit. Hamish was a delightful tour guide who paced the visit beautifully and did not overload us with too much information.
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Very interesting tour - highly recommended
JeffreyG_S, Sep 2021
Paris Père Lachaise Cemetery: Famous Graves of Paris Walking Tour
Karen was great, very knowledgable about the history of the cemetery and its inhabitants. This was a very interesting tour - I highly recommend it.
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Wonderful
Anne W, Sep 2019
Père Lachaise Cemetery Walking Tour in Paris
Victoire told wonderful stories. We'll paced tour. Great to learn about otherwise unknown Paris history. Very friendly and knowledgeable guide. Tour highly recommended.
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Very nice tour.
claudia_b, Sep 2021
Paris Père Lachaise Cemetery: Famous Graves of Paris Walking Tour
Very informative and interesting tour under the charming and eloquent guide of Karen.Very good value for what I paid.
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Graveyard Tour
Margaret_M, May 2019
Père Lachaise Cemetery Walking Tour in Paris
Kit, of Fat Tire Tours, did a phenomenal job with lots of information, historical and anecdotal. He hit all the famous and infamous headstones, and also made sure that he covered all the ones that guests were interested. He kept the group moving, but was also respectful of people's time and pace.
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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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A private tour... And not a lot more...
simolaw, Nov 2017
Private Guided Tour to Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris
A private tour... And not a lot more than a group! This was most informative, interesting back stories and a window into life and death in Paris ages ago! The guide paced the tour to our interests, filled in with lots of little facts and was a highlight of our visit to the City of Lights!
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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
Margarita_D, 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!

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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