One of the world’s most historic and fascinating cities providing a wealth of educational, cultural and fun experiences for school trips
Educational Visits & Study Themes
Several museums and state owned buildings in Paris close on Monday or Tuesday and selected bank holidays. Please check with us for opening times.
- Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 Universal Exhibition and Centennial of the French Revolution. 300 metres tall and weighing 7,000 tons, it was the world’s tallest building until 1930. There are three levels to access. Group reservations can now only be made online.
- Arc de Triomphe, at the top of the Champs Elysées, this triumphal arch was commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon, shortly after his victory at Austerlitz. The names of major victories won during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods are engraved at the top of the Arch. Underneath is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and eternal flame commemorating the dead of the two world wars.
- Notre-Dame Cathedral, this imposing Gothic structure was immortalised by Victor Hugo. Close up views of the gargoyles are possible from the famous bell towers. The rose windows and flying buttresses are particularly impressive.
- Sacré Coeur Basilica, the Romanesque-Byzantine basilica was completed in 1914. It is built of a frost-resistant stone that naturally bleaches with age.
- Underground Paris, the Parisian sewers offer a fascinating audiovisual exhibition illustrating the city’s water supply from Roman times to the present day, (closed Thursday and Friday). The catacombs, former underground quarries, are used to hold remains of ancient cemeteries of Paris. They were used by the Resistance in World War II.
- Les Ponts sur la Seine, 37 road, rail and pedestrian bridges cross the River Seine in Paris. The oldest being Le Pont Neuf, finished in 1607, the newest is the pedestrian Passerelle Simone-de-Beauvoir, added in 2007.
- Versailles, the Palace of Versailles was originally built as a gentleman’s château in 1623 by Louis 13th. His son, Louis 14th, modified and extended the building to create the splendid palace which exists today. Students will be impressed by the Galerie des Glaces, where 17 arches, each covered with 21 mirrors, reflect the 17 arcaded windows overlooking the garden.
- The Pompidou Centre, designed by English and Italian architects. This colourful steel and tubular building, with transparent external escalators, inspires both awe and controversy.
- Musée du Louvre, displays 35,000 works of art including Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
- Musée d’Orsay, in a former railway station, has amazing collections from the mid-1800s until World War I.
- L’Orangerie, collections include Monet’s Water Lilies, The Thinker sculpture and many more.
- Montmartre, have your portrait painted in Place du Tertre and visit the stunning Sacré Coeur Cathedral.
- Picasso Museum, exhibits several thousand works by Picasso, and also displays works by Cézanne and Matisse.
- Espace Dalí, Montmartre, focuses on the artist’s sculptures and engravings.
- Stade de France, this immense stadium was constructed to host the FIFA World Cup in 1998. It took 31 months to build and can accommodate 80,000 spectators. Interactive guided visits for school groups last approximately 11⁄2 hours and include the stadium, changing rooms and museum.
- La Villette, Science Park, the main areas are the Explora science exhibition, planetarium, the ‘Argonaute’ submarine, the Géode cinema with its Omnimax 1,000m2 screen and the Cinaxe simulator fitted with equipment used to train aeroplane pilots and engineers.
- La Bourse, discover the role and function of the Paris Stock Exchange. Guided visits take place Monday to Friday only and last approximately 11⁄2 hours.
- La Grande Arche de La Défense, was initiated by Mitterrand as a 20th century version of the Arc de Triomphe. It is an almost perfect hollow cube and hugely impressive.