From Paris with Love
One of the world’s greatest cities is also one of the most expensive, but this doesn’t need to curb your fun! We’ve uncovered a number of exciting things to see in the City of Love that are absolutely FREE.
One of the great landmarks of Paris is the Cathedral of Notre Dame, located right on the Seine. Let yourself be taken in by the atmosphere, and if you want to attend a service (held in French), it’s an experience you’ll never forget. If you don’t know the language but really want to understand some parts of the mass, go there on Sunday at 11:30 am, as this is an international mass with some prayers and readings in English.
Montmartre is an area of Paris that’s full of artists. It’s also where you’ll find a wall full of love letters, written in over 250 languages. It’s impressive – a place that has become synonymous with romantic rendez-vous and heartfelt displays of amour. So take the love of your life, go to Paris and prepare to spill your guts. Love doesn’t cost a thing, and neither does immortalising it.
The Basilique du Sacré-Cœur is also located in Montmartre, perched high above the city. It is a really popular attraction, as when you’re walking up the stairs to get to the Basilique, you have stunning views of Paris. You can go inside from 6 am – 10.30 pm. Visit late in the evening and watch the sun setting over the city.
Another great place to enjoy splendid views of Paris is the Père Lachaise cemetery. Walking among the graves of some of the famous people buried there, like Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison, is not as creepy as it sounds. Some of the headstones are intricately designed and decorated with graffiti from die-hard fans.
The permanent collection in this museum is free for everyone and is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10 am – 6 pm. While it has more than 40,000 pieces of art, they only show around 900 at a time, as the rest is lent to other museums (but it changes all the time). It’s located in the Centre Georges Pompidou, and if you are interested in modern art, you should allow plenty of time to browse the vast collection.
How to get there
You may have lost your senses to a whirlwind romance but you can still hang onto your cash, and if you like the sound of these free Paris attractions, you’ll love our budget city breaks to Paris, all including Aer Lingus flights and a great choice of central hotels.
Where to find the free stuff in Paris