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7 Places of Interest in Bordeaux

The city of Bordeaux is probably best known for its wine, but there's plenty more to savor in this city!

Pont de Pierre

Pont de Pierre

The "stone bridge" has become a romantic symbol of Bordeaux with its hanging lanterns and the trams that pass over it several times a day!

Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

With medicinal roots from the 17th century, Bordeaux's botanical gardens are still worth a visit today.

Wine and Trade Museum

Follow the history of Bordeaux's wine industry, starting right in its birthplace. When King Henry II of England married the French duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine, the region's wine became an international affair!

Dune of Pilat

Dune of Pilat

The Dune of Pilat, overlooking Arcachon Bay, is one of the true jewels of Atlantic Europe. Every year, visitors flock here to take in its white sands, enjoy windsurfing, and observe birds at the nearby Banc d'Arguin nature reserve.

Grand Theater

This theater, built in neo-classical style, now houses Bordeaux's national ballet and opera. Once, in 1871, it even played host to the French National Assembly!

Basilica of St. Michael

Basilica of St. Michael

According to French lore, St. Michael was a local hero who slayed a dragon, and the story is now portrayed on the basilica's pulpit for everyone to enjoy. At 114 meters, the bell tower is the second-tallest in France.

Wine-tasting

Wine-tasting

What would a trip to Bordeaux be without a peek behind the scenes of its wine industry? Go on a tour to nearby medieval village St. Emilion and discover the rich heritage and tastes of the region's vineyards.

Planning Your Bordeaux Visit

Identification

French law mandates that you always have some form of government-issued ID on your person - ideally your passport.

Legal age

Although in France the legal age to drink wine is 16, an exception is made in cases of wine tasting tours - younger children may indeed be permitted to take a sip. However, parents can exercise their own discretion!

Public transport

Bordeaux has a good network of buses and trams. Tickets can be bought from sales offices or ticket machines at stops and may need to be validated upon boarding.

Stay covered

Don't forget to stay safe in the sun while you're enjoying the delights of Bordeaux. This means plenty of sunscreen, and stay in the shade around midday.

Good to know

  • Language
    French
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +33
  • Best time to visit
    As a city on the Atlantic, weather is not as predictable and sudden changes can be expected. Spring and fall are the best times to visit for mild weather. Summer is busy with locals on holiday and tourists. If looking to visit wineries, avoid mid-September in which many tasting rooms are shut down for harvest time.

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What people are saying about Bordeaux

A great value for access to desirable tourist locations.

Purchased the 3-day pass for a 6 day stay in Bordeaux, France. While the QR code arrived via email, I had to go to the Tourist Office in the center of town to show them the purchase and receive a printed pass to use at all locations. While not as convenient as simply receiving a pass via mobile app to use everywhere, the pass itself was terrific. All transportation and museum costs were covered and it was a valuable asset in making my trip a great one.

Bordeaux Metropole City Pass for 24, 48 or 72 Hours Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 11/07/2018

Great guide and awesome village and small chateau

A very fun, knowledgable guide. The small chateau was very special. The little village of St Emilion was fun.

St. Emilion Village Half-Day Wine Tour Reviewed by Dwight, 10/31/2018

Loved the half day tour so much - maybe should of extended to full day

Great experience. Tour guide was awesome(Luigi?). Wine tour was very informative and winery impressive. Continued to St Emilion Village which was extremely quaint . Could/should of spent more time in village. Guide arranged for an impromtu second wine tasting at one of the local shops . Next time would take full day tour as much to see.

St. Emilion Village Half-Day Wine Tour Reviewed by Frank, 10/28/2018

It was an amazing trip. We loved the small size of the group.

The two visits to the château were completely different experiences. Our guides were very knowledgeable . We had a brilliant day . We would highly recommend this trip. It was great value for money.

From Bordeaux: Saint-Emilion Wine Tasting Experience Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 10/05/2018

Good organisation, comfortable transport and knowledgeable guides

Our guide, Emily, was first class. She was informative and entertaining with an excellent command of English. I would recommend her and this tour

Medoc Half-Day Bordeaux Wine Tour Reviewed by Jane, 10/01/2018