To see, to do in Bordeaux

The Grand Théâtre
Place de la Comédie
, 33000 Bordeaux
Website - tel : 05 56 00 85 95.
Information about guided tours available on site.

Built on the orders of the Duke of Richelieu, Governor of Guyenne, by Victor Louis between 1773 and 1780, the building was one of the jewels of Gothic architecture in the city. It now houses the Opéra National de Bordeaux, one of the most beautiful theaters in France.

Its exterior is decorated with twelve Corinthian columns topped by statues of the nine muses and three goddesses (Juno, Venus and Minerva), and it’s up to visitors to recognize them! Visitors will note the monumental staircase, the coffered ceiling of the hallway and the ceiling of the magnificent concert hall, which showcase large-scale paintings. Tours of the interior are available through the Tourist Office, or by attending a performance.


Palais Rohan (1784)
Place Pey-Berland, 33000 Bordeaux
Tel : 05 56 48 04 24.
Full price/ reduced price : €5 / €3.50. Free for children under 12 years old.
Only on guided tours on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. and on Fridays at 10 p.m., meeting point in front of the palace.

Ferdinand Maximilian Mériadec de Rohan built this residence when he became archbishop of Bordeaux in 1771. The palace became the seat of the City Hall from 1837 onward.
Not to miss : the grand staircase, considered a masterpiece of Renaissance antiques, the rooms on the ground floor in a Louis XVI style with carved linden wood and trompe-l'oeil figures.


The public garden 

Place du Champs de Mars, 33000 Bordeaux
Opening: in Winter: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., until 9 p.m. in Summer.

The 18th century saw the emergence of the naturalist movement in which urban spaces became a place of leisure. Cities then multiplied the creation of gardens. In Bordeaux it was the Intendent Tourny who decided on the creation of the current 10-hectare public garden. During the Revolution the garden was transformed into a Champ de Mars where official ceremonies took place. Then under Napoleon III it took on the configuration that can be seen today.

The many mansions that border the garden create an architectural unit contributing to the magic of the area. Decorated with botanical discoveries and activities for children, this English park provides a well-deserved break for visitors. Very interesting and rich botanical garden including 2500 species of plants.

For children : 10 hectares of garden with many attractions: puppet theater, boats, carousel, playground ...


Allées de Tourny (1757)
The Intendent Tourny was at the origin of these tree-lined walkways. To the north, the walkways begin at the square of the same name where the statue of Tourny stands. From both sides rise 18th and 19th century building façades.


Palais Gallien (2nd century) 

Rue du Docteur Barraud, 33000 Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 00 66 00.
Price: €3.
Open daily from June to September
Guided tour at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Information available at the Tourist Office.

The Palais Gallien is the only visible remains of the Roman city of Burdigala. This imposing amphitheater (130 meters long and 110 meters wide) could accommodate more than 15,000 people attending the games of the Circus. Its three levels of archways were built in alternating brick and stone. There are only a few spans and arches from the original great amphitheater. Today the palace gallery features paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Curiously, this palace is named after the wife of Charlemagne, Galiene. Indeed, in the Middle Ages legend had it that the ruins of the Gallo-Roman building were the remains of a palace that Charlemagne had built for his wife. Another version: it was the emperor Gallienus who had it built.


CAP Sciences (family friendly)
Hangar 20
, quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux
Website - tel : 05 56 01 07 07.
Variable price depending on activities. Free for children under 5 years old.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Open daily during school holidays.
North of the classified area.

Center of scientific, technical and industrial culture with many workshops (cooking and science) and exhibitions suitable for children 3 years and up. Nice view of the city from the terrace.


Around Bordeaux

Wine tours organized by the Tourist Office.
Nature walks on the hillsides of the Garonne (families welcome). Information available at the Tourist Office.

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