The 10 Best Things to Do in Bordeaux, France

September 9, 2017 Hana Mouser

After many years of hard work, the "Sleeping Beauty" has awoken from its slumber. The city is beautifully restored and has an ultra-modern public transport system. The “Port of the Moon” is also now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Stone Bridge, with its 17 arches, crosses the Garonne, offering pedestrians a lovely view over the docks and harbor. Take a stroll through old Bordeaux in the Triangle d'Or and stop at Place des Quinconces, France’s largest public square. The city of Bordeaux is an ideal base for exploring the greater wine region’s unforgettable sights and tastes.
Restaurants in Bordeaux

1. Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)

Bordeaux, France
Excellent
65%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)

Reviewed By Jenny D

Definitely worthwhile visiting this area during the day to admire the beautiful architecture. Note all of the details and arcs with different faces.

2. Maison du Vin

Bordeaux, France 56-00-22-66
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 165 reviews

Maison du Vin

Reviewed By David R - Neutral Bay, Australia

If you know something about Bordeaux wines or nothing at all this wine bar is a must do attraction.. A wine list by the glass that changes monthly showcasing a range of sparkling, white, clairet, rose and red wines. Beautiful, comfortable air-conditioned setting, quality glassware and exceptionally modest pricing ensures you can try out a great range of the regions wines. Prices range from 2 euros to 8 on average and if you ask for "un demi" you'll get 15cl of wine per glass at half the price allowing you to sample a seriously wide range of wines. Have been here 5 times now and never disappointed.

3. Grand Theatre

2 Place de la Comedie, 33024, Bordeaux, France +33 5 56 00 85 95
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Grand Theatre

Considered by many to be the cultural heart of the city, this elaborately carved opera house surprises the senses with its fine architecture and interior design as well as its world-class Performances.

Reviewed By Stephen S

visually interesting. Tour in French and mine is not good. But it's a convenient site & there are tours in English.

4. The Water Mirror

Place de la Bourse, 33000, Bordeaux, France +33 5 56 31 31 01
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

The Water Mirror

The "Miroir d'Eau" is less than 10 years old, but located just across from a monument nearly 3 centuries old, it has become one of the city's main attractions.

Reviewed By Roger K

I can categorically state that this feature does not work in the winter. It is not switched on until the middle of April. This information comes from the tourist information centre.

5. Parc de Majolan

Rue Francois Ransinangue, Blanquefort, Bordeaux, France
Excellent
52%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 385 reviews

Parc de Majolan

Reviewed By Edward P

Went here for an hour to chill out by a lake and have some lunch. Ended up being about three hours and really enjoyed the place. Great for kids and something different. The caves were something else. Really interesting and different and something I wasn't really expecting. Great to go for a run or a picnic. Private. Lots of space and parking. Really enjoyable.

6. Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux

Cours Victor Hugo, Bordeaux, France +33 5 56 48 04 24
Excellent
48%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 734 reviews

Grosse Cloche de Bordeaux

Reviewed By Craig M - Bermuda

This is a beautiful old gate with two clocks and a bell tower. The big bell was erected in 1775 and replaced an older bell that was damaged in the fire of 1774.
As a nearby plaque states, the bell was the 'bearer of all good and bad tidings to the people of Bordeaux.'
There are two different clocks, one on each side of the gate, so be sure to look at both sides.

7. Monument aux Girondins

Esplanade des Quinconces, Bordeaux, France
Excellent
53%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 819 reviews

Monument aux Girondins

Reviewed By Nitvoyodelo - Vineland, New Jersey

We came to see the Fountains when it was already dark. What an impressive and glorious sight! Figures spouting jets of water everywhere in a truly magical display. A monument to those beheaded, I believe, by Robespierre.

8. Bernard Magrez Art Institute

16 rue de Tivoli | Château Labottière, 33000, Bordeaux, France +33 5 56 81 72 77
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 227 reviews

Bernard Magrez Art Institute

The Bernard Magrez Art Institute offers contemporary art Exhibitions, Concerts, workshops and conferences. The château and other rooms can be rented for product launches, corporate team building events or private events. The Art Institute supports arts through artists residencies, mastepieces orders and other charity events. Is supports science through charity nights and donations. It supports culture thanks to Exhibitions, workshops and faciliation of meeting with artists in person.

Reviewed By Quentin P

I went there for the "Expressions Urbaines" exhibition and it was incredible! The temporary exhibition as well as the permanent one are full of great artwork and the castle is really beautiful too! Do not hesitate to stop there, the entrance is very affordable and...MoreSir, Thank you for your comment on TripAdvisor . Looking forward to welcoming you during your next visit. Regards, A.Bernaud

9. Jardin Public

Place du Champ de Mars, 33000, Bordeaux, France +33 5 57 57 88 88
Excellent
49%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 823 reviews

Jardin Public

Reviewed By Craig_Tapper - Sydney, NSW

An early morning walk to reflect and enjoy the serenity as the sun light up and shadows kissed the beautiful buildings around the park and the ducks and geese paddled and honked on the ponds. Accompanied by runners, dog-walkers and locals doing tai chi - a great way to enjoy the morning in Bordeaux

10. Le Pont Jacques Chaban Delmas

Bordeaux, France +33 5 56 99 84 84
Excellent
53%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Le Pont Jacques Chaban Delmas

Reviewed By Robert F - San Antonio, Texas

It seems funny to rate a bridge, much as you would a restaurant. Do you base it on how much traffic it can hold? Or whether the center raises properly? That's the big attraction. The four pillars raise up the bed of the bridge from the corners, straight up. It doesn't fold like a draw bridge. It is impressive to see and unique in its operation. So, okay, four stars.

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