Pey-Berland Tower, Bordeaux

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Built by one of the great archbishops of Bordeaux in the 1440s, Pey-Berland Tower was supposed to house the bells for St. Andre's cathedral to protect the building from vibrations. However, the bells never came. The tower ended up being used for housing and later was a shotgun pellet factory. In 1851, it was restored, and three bells that are controlled from the cathedral were installed. Today, you can tour the tower, visit its collection of bells, and take in the view of the city from the top of the tower. Using our online itinerary creator, Bordeaux attractions like Pey-Berland Tower can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 15, 2017
    A wonderful view from up here. While one waits his turn, a piece of the history of Bordeaux by a passionate (thanks to him because it was very interesting!). Very well made panels. Me, I loved!
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  • August 13, 2017
    The people work on this site are very friendly and helpful. The site is really typical and the view upstairs is superb and 360 °, allowing you to see the city of Bordeaux in a few minutes. When the bells ring gives a charm in addition to this visit which was very nice despite the 223 steps up. Rate correct to €6, free for less than 25 years, teachers and military personnel.
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  • August 11, 2017
    It is recommended that early in the morning. We arrived past 11 a.m., but waited for 1 hour before the entrance. Is a little climb narrow stairs with no lift, so was difficult. Overlook the whole city from the top of the tower. In the spiral staircase it twist your foot Crag, it is recommended that come in sneakers.
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  • August 23, 2017
    Amazing views and super friendly staff! Definitely recommend going here. We had to wait for about 45 minutes because only 19 people are allowed to be on the tower concurrently, but it was definitely worth it. Also if you are under 26 you don't have to pay any entrance fee, which is great.
  • May 2, 2017
    Beautiful gothic bell tower is part of the cathedral... is a little overpriced but you get a good workout in the way up and then you can enjoy the majestic views of the city... we went on early time so the place wasn't crowded... enjoyed the view and souvenirs...
  • April 10, 2017
    Beautiful panoramic views of Bordeaux. Tiny round shaped staircase to acces the 2 floors of the tower. The cashier asked people with big backpacks to leave them on ground floor. Both people climbing up and down the tower use the same tiny stair case. Good experience
  • March 21, 2017
    The 233 steps to the top were quite an adventure. Only one way up and one way down. Which it's very fortunate they only allow 19 people up at a time. Beautiful views of the city and well worth the climb.
  • April 2, 2017
    Great views from the top, lots of steps so take some water I'd you're doing this in the summer. Limited amount of people allowed up at the time so good compared to other similar places!

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Most hotels in Bordeaux sit conveniently located a stone's throw away from the train station. Look to Quinconces Square and Gambetta Square for high-end hotels. Those who prefer more budget-friendly accommodations may want to seek out a youth hostel--a relatively recent addition to the city. To secure a spot here, make sure to book ahead of time. In addition to hotels and hostels, choose from guest rooms in a typical Bordeaux house, or a family-friendly beachside campsite.
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