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Skip-the-line tickets to Palais du Tau in Reims
Availability: Every day except Monday
Duration: a day
Mobile voucher accepted
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  • Enjoy a skip-the-line access to the gothic Palais du Tau
  • Visit the residence where the Kings of France stayed during their coronation
  • Discover some treasures such as the 9th-century Talisman of Charlemagne
  • Book today and use your ticket whenever you want
What to expect

With this skip-the-line entrance, you will discover the Palais du Tau, a former residence of the bishops of Reims which has been closely linked to the History of France over the centuries. Founded in the late 4th century, it is a mediaeval palace with the appearance of a fortified house. The monument became known as the Palace of Tau in 1138. The name refers to the Greek letter “Tau”, reflecting the property’s T-shaped layout.

The Palace was the residence of the Kings of France before their coronation in Notre-Dame de Reims known also as "Our Lady of Reims". The King was dressed for the coronation at the palace before proceeding to the cathedral. Afterwards, the coronation banquet was held at the palace.

Today and since 1972, the Palais du Tau is the museum of the work of the adjoining cathedral. The most precious artefacts in the treasury are the remains of the Holy Ampulla, used since the baptism of Clovis in the 5th century, and the 9th-century Talisman of Charlemagne. The Palais du Tau houses original sculptures, a treasure-trove, a part of the cathedral’s tapestry collections and a 13th century chapel, as well as temporary exhibitions during the Christmas holiday period.

The Palais du Tau, along with the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. It attracts today almost 100 000 visitors each year.

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What's included
  • Entrance to the Palais du Tau
  • Self guided tour with guide booklet in French, English, German, Italian, Spanish
What's not included
  • Guide
  • Transport
Reduced price

The entrance is free for:

  • Children under 18 (except school group)
  • EU citizens (18-25)
  • Disabled people and their attendant
  • Unemployed people (proof required dated within the last 6 months)
Where

Palais du Tau, 2 Place du Cardinal Luçon, 51100 Reims

Meeting point:

Present your ticket upon arrival at the Palais du Tau.

What to remember
  • Last admission 30 mn before closing time.
  • The e-ticket is not dated and you can use it whenever you want
  • The e-ticket gives access to an unguided tour of the monument
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When

FROM 2 JANUARY TO 5 MAY
Open every day except monday 9.30-12.30 / 14.00-17.30

FROM 6 MAY TO 8 SEPTEMBER
Open every day except monday 9.30-18.30

FROM 9 SEPTEMBER TO 31 DECEMBER
Open every day except monday 9.30-12.30 / 14.00-17.30

Last admission 30 mn before closing time

Closed on Mondays.
January 1st, May 1st, November 1st and 11th and December 25th

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Provider
Monuments Nationaux de France
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.

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