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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 attractions in Bordeaux for Spring

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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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Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)

Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)

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Home to Bordeaux’s former stock exchange and a world-famous water feature, Bordeaux’s Place de la Bourse combines ancient and modern influences to create a welcoming public square.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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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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Pont de Pierre

Pont de Pierre

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Connecting the left and right bank of the city since 1819, Pont de Pierre was the first bridge to cross the mighty Garonne River. Its construction was challenging as the river’s current is extremely strong, and it took more than 4,000 workers to construct. Pont de Pierre was the only bridge to connect the two banks for nearly 150 years.More
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Bordeaux Cathedral (Cathédrale St. André)

Bordeaux Cathedral (Cathédrale St. André)

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Built in the 13th century, the Bordeaux Cathedral (Cathédrale St. André is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, celebrated for its role in the religious and cultural development of Bordeaux. Eleanor of Aquitaine married Louis VII here. Her wealth benefited both the city and the cathedral, which was subsequently enlarged and lavishly decorated.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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Quinconces Square (Place des Quinconces)

Quinconces Square (Place des Quinconces)

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Stretching more than 12 hectares (30 acres) along the banks of the Garonne River, Quinconces Square (Place des Quinconces) is Bordeaux’s largest square. Comprising a vast esplanade flanked by tree-lined walkways and fronted by the grand Monument to the Girondins, it’s among the most important sites of the city’s UNESCO-listed historic center.More
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Port of the Moon (Port de la Lune)

Port of the Moon (Port de la Lune)

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Bordeaux’s original port is known as the Port of the Moon because it sat on a semi-circular part of the Garonne River. Historically the left bank of the port has been the center of commerce and culture and though it saw some decline after the invention of the automobile, today it’s a fun, trendy place to soak in local culture.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

Trip ideas

Médoc Wine Tasting from Bordeaux

Médoc Wine Tasting from Bordeaux

How to Spend 2 Days in Bordeaux

How to Spend 2 Days in Bordeaux

Arcachon Oyster Tastings in Bordeaux

Arcachon Oyster Tastings in Bordeaux

Top activities in Bordeaux

Bordeaux Vineyards Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip
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Medoc or St-Emilion Small-Group Wine Tasting and Chateaux Tour from Bordeaux
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Médoc Region Half-Day Wine Tour with Winery Visit & Tastings from Bordeaux
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Bordeaux Cheese & Wine Tasting Experience
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A Half-Day in Margaux

A Half-Day in Margaux

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Saint Emilion Afternoon Wine Tour with Winery Visits & Tastings from Bordeaux
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Bordeaux Old Town & Market Local Food with Wine Tastings Tour
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Half a day in Saint-Emilion on a private tour (Luxury Minivan)
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Bordeaux Garonne River Lunch Cruise with Welcome Aperitif
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Bordeaux Small-Group Wine Tasting & Workshop with a Professional Sommelier
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Bordeaux Super Saver: Small-Group Wine Tasting and Lunch plus St-Emilion Wine Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Bordeaux

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Interesting and Informative
David_B, Apr 2022
Prestige Commented Cruise with Glass of Wine and Canelé in Bordeaux
We had both French and English speakers on the tour, and she did a great job keeping both groups involved and informed.
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Worthwhile
Ciara_H, Apr 2022
Medoc or St-Emilion Small-Group Wine Tasting and Chateaux Tour from Bordeaux
Lovely way to see the Bordeaux country side.
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Fun fun fun
Sonia_P, Mar 2022
Bordeaux Segway Tour
Our guide was really informative and luckily for us he spoke English.
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Alaïs is an excellent guide
Alexander_I, May 2022
Private tour in the Sauternes wine region - discover Bordeaux sweet Crus Classés
Alaïs was punctual and very communicative before the trip, and organised two excellent wineries to visit.
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Highlight of our 10 day vacation!
Jeanette_Z, May 2022
Saint Emilion Day Trip with Sightseeing Tour & Wine Tastings from Bordeaux
Thank you Kareem, and hope to see you again!
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An overview of Bordeaux
Diane_S, Apr 2022
Bordeaux City Sights Walking Tour
The tour was to be in English, but actually alternated between English and French for a mixed group.
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Had a fantastic time on...
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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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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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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Beautiful Bordeaux
Dick_B, Jul 2020
Bordeaux tourist excursion by bike "Burdigala over time"
He speaks English quitte well and we recommand him without hesitation.
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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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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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