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Top 10 tourist attractions to visit in Bordeaux

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bordeaux is a city that attracts millions of visitors from all over the world each year. The city is famous for its historic architecture, refined cuisine, and renowned wines. Whether you’re passionate about history, culture, or simply looking for a relaxing holiday destination, Bordeaux is the perfect city. Central Hostel presents to you the top 10 tourist attractions in Bordeaux.

Top 10 tourist attractions to visit in Bordeaux

  1. Place de la Bourse and its water mirror
  2. The Pont de Pierre
  3. The Grand Théâtre
  4. The Musée d’Aquitaine
  5. The Place des Quinconces
  6. The Porte Cailhau
  7. The Grosse Cloche
  8. The Pey-Berland tower and the Saint-Andre cathedral
  9. The Public Garden
  10. Sainte-Catherine street

1. Place de la Bourse and its water mirror (miroir d’eau), the must-see in Bordeaux

Listed as a historical monument, the Place de la Bourse is undoubtedly one of the most iconic places in Bordeaux. The square was built in the 18th century under the direction of architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel, who also worked on the Place de la Concorde in Paris. It represents the advent of classical architecture, replacing mediaeval architecture. The Place de la Bourse was designed to be a place of power and prestige for local authorities and has since become a symbol of the city itself. Located just across the square, don’t miss the famous Water Mirror (Miroir d’Eau) reflecting the Place de la Bourse and the quays of Bordeaux. This tourist attraction was inaugurated in 2006 and is one of the most visited public spaces in Bordeaux. 

Place de la Bourse Bordeaux

2. The Pont de Pierre

The Pont de Pierre is one of the most famous bridges in Bordeaux. The structure was built in the 19th century by order of Napoleon Bonaparte to connect the left bank, the historic district of Bordeaux, and the right bank, the district of La Bastide, which could only be crossed by boat. It is now a popular promenade with a stunning view of the city for a pleasant walk but also for a bike ride in Bordeaux. When it gets dark, the illuminated bridge offers a magical spectacle to admire from the quays of Bordeaux. 

Week-end Bordeaux : pont de pierre

©Nicolas Janberg

3. The Grand Théâtre

The Grand Théâtre is a historic monument in Bordeaux and an essential place in Bordeaux, located on Place de la Comédie, in the heart of the city. This theatre was erected in the 18th century at the instigation of Louis XVI, with the aim of opening a prestigious venue for theatrical and lyrical performances. The building is considered one of the finest examples of neoclassical architecture in Europe. It is possible to participate in a guided tour to discover the different rooms and the richness of this monument, or to attend a performance for a unique and memorable experience.

Grand Théâtre Bordeaux

4. The Musée d’Aquitaine

Located between Place de la Victoire and Place Pey-Berland, the Musée d’Aquitaine is one of the largest history museums in France. The former Bordeaux literature university was transformed to house the Musée d’Aquitaine. It opened its doors to the public in 1987. The museum contains a collection of more than 70,000 objects, ranging from the Stone Age to modern times. The collection is divided into several sections, including archaeology, ethnography, the history of Bordeaux, and the history of Aquitaine. The museum also offers interesting temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

Musée d'Aquitaine

©L.Gauthier mairie de Bordeaux

5. The place des quinconces

The Place des Quinconces is a great tourist attraction in Bordeaux. It is one of the largest squares in Europe, located in the heart of Bordeaux. It was built in the 18th century on the
former fortifications and covers an area of 12 hectares. At its ends, it is decorated with the Monument aux Girondins topped by a 43-metre-high column dominated by a green bronze statue of Liberty breaking its chains, as well as two columns symbolising maritime trade. You can even visit the basement of this monument and discover Bordeaux differently. Esplanade des Quinconces is the location for numerous events throughout the year, such as concerts, festivals and fairs. The big wheel located on the square offers a stunning view of the city of Bordeaux and its surroundings.

Place des quinconces

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6. The porte cailhau

The Porte Cailhau is a monumental gate located in the historic centre of Bordeaux, near the Garonne River. Built in the 15th century, this gate was once the main entrance to the city and was used as a defensive gate during wartime. The Porte Cailhau is an example of Gothic architecture, with its sophisticated sculptures and large tower rising above the city. It is decorated with numerous statues, some of which represent the kings of France and the heroes of the city. 

Top 10 des lieux incontournables de Bordeaux : Porte Cailhau

7. The grosse cloche

Located in the Saint-Pierre district, in the heart of the old town, the Grosse Cloche is one of the few monuments of Bordeaux dating back to the Middle Ages that has been preserved. It was built in the 15th century on the remains of the ancient Saint-James gate and served as the belfry of the old city hall. The Grosse Cloche tower is over 40 metres high and is decorated with many sculptures and architectural details. Today, it is a symbol of the history and culture of Bordeaux. The place is open to visitors who wish to learn more about its past and admire the breathtaking view of the city from the top floor of the tower.

Grosse cloche

8. The pey-berland tower and the saint-andre cathedral

The Pey-Berland Tower is a watchtower dating back to the 15th century, which was listed as a historical monument in 1862. It is the belfry of the Saint-André Cathedral, built between the 13th and 15th centuries, itself a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. The tower was built to serve as a bell tower for the cathedral, which did not have one at the time. Over 66 metres high, it is accessible by a spiral staircase of 231 steps. You can climb the steps to reach the top of the tower and enjoy a panoramic view of the city. The top of the tower is a major tourist attraction in Bordeaux, since it offers one of the most beautiful views of the city centre !

Top 10 des lieux incontournables de Bordeaux : Tour Pey-Berland et Cathédrale Saint-André Bordeaux

9. The public garden (jardin public)

The Public Garden of Bordeaux is a world-renowned park located in the heart of the city. It is one of the most popular green spaces in Bordeaux, and an ideal place to relax and recharge your batteries while admiring the beauty of nature. The garden was created in the 18th century in the style of French gardens, with geometric paths and carefully maintained flowerbeds. Today, it has become a true haven of peace amidst urban hustle and bustle, where you can admire century-old trees, ponds, statues, and numerous plant species in the greenhouses that the garden accommodates, which is open to the public every day.

Top 10 des lieux incontournables de Bordeaux : jardin public

10. Sainte-Catherine street (rue Sainte-Catherine)

Sainte-Catherine Street is the most famous shopping street in Bordeaux and the longest pedestrian street in Europe. It is one of the liveliest places in Bordeaux, attracting visitors from all over the world wanting to discover its history, architecture and culture. You can shop, go for a walk or immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the city. The Place Saint-Projet is located along Sainte-Catherine Street, and houses the Youth Hostel in Bordeaux. With its location, Central Hostel Bordeaux is the perfect place to visit all the tourist attractions and discover the centre of the city on foot or by bicycle.

Top 10 des lieux incontournables de Bordeaux : rue Sainte-Catherine

Stay at Central Hostel and discover the historical and cultural wealth of this fascinating city through these tourist attractions in Bordeaux !

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