Tours & activities in Paris

Paris Dark Side Tour

Explore the haunted side of Paris on our special Dark Side Tour from October 27 until November 3

ABOUT THE Paris Dark Side Tour

Paris may be known as the City of Lights, but it has a dark and mysterious past.

Behind the romantic facade are tales of tortures, imprisonments, beheadings and murders. As we walk through the darkened streets and narrow alleyways, you'll learn of the murderous medieval barber who inspired Sweeney Todd, as well as the experiments of alchemist Nicolas Flamel and his search for immortality through the Philosopher's Stone, depicted by J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter.

On this 2-hour tour, you'll also see Paris' first psychiatric hospital and hear the tales that surround it, as well as learning the real story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and discovering how the Paris morgue became the epicentre of the city's social scene in the 19th century.

We'll bring to light the dark history of the city’s horrific past – this is Paris as you've never seen it before!

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Your Paris Dark Side Tour starts by the fountain on Place Saint-Michel (metro line 4 - exit 3)

  • Hotel Dieu, the first psychiatric hospital in town
  • The real Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The site of the old Paris morgue
  • The real-life Sweeney Todd 
  • The alchemist Nicolas Flamel and his search for the Philosopher's Stone
  • St Jacques
  • The prison of the Grand Chatelet
  • Public executions at the Town Hall square



This tour doesn‘t run today

Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
Additional Information
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 2 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • Wheelchair accessible
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Rain or shine, all of our tours run as scheduled. Book your place online to guarantee your spot!

Where the famous FREE Tour gives you a good overview of the city, the themed select tours give you a more in-depth look at some of the most fascinating periods or neighbourhoods of Paris.

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