Do Visit Bordeaux by Themes

Bordeaux and the Middle Ages (2 hours)

Bordeaux et son Moyen AgeThe visit evokes different neighbourhoods and suburbs:

  • the Great Bell, the emblem of the city’s Coat of Arms,
  • the Palace in which representatives of the British Crown resided,
  • St. Andrew’s Cathedral ,
  • the city walls,
  • the inner harbour…

The lifestyle of a gentleman in eighteenth century Bordeaux (2 hours)

Passage du Grand Théatre

“I can answer that, in less than four or five years, I will make this the most beautiful city of the kingdom” Louis Urbain Aubert, Marquis de Tourny for Bordeaux in 1746 for which he was Town Steward 1743-1757.

The tour allows you to discover buildings illustrating the different aspects of a day in the life of a nobleman in Bordeaux.

Our steps will take us to:

  • The Place Royal,
  • The Place Richelieu,
  • The Place de la Comédie,
  • The Allées de Tourny avenue,
  • The Place Tourny,
  • The Royal Garden,
  • The Cours Tourny courtyard,
  • The Place Dauphine.

Bordeaux and the return of the Bourbons (2 hours)

Bordeaux was the first city in France to complacently show the fleur-de-lis on the white flag of the French monarchy after the fall of Napoleon.
We will discover the private and public achievements of this period known as The Restoration including the construction of the first bridge over the River Garonne. Some street names still evoke that time: The Chartres and Orleans Avenues, The Louis XVIII Quays.

Pont de pierre

The Pont de Pierre (Stone Bridge)

Bordeaux: June 1940 The week of when everything changed (2 hours)

Ancien Hôtel Splendid

The Old Hotel Splendid

Within a week the fate of France was decided in Bordeaux. Find the history of France, the whereabouts of Herriot, Daladier, Gaul, Petain, Marquet, Laval…


When the stone speaks fashion

The Mascaron, architectural element of the cultural heritage of Bordeaux, Port de la Lune

In Bordeaux, “La Façade des quais” is seen decorated with masks and sculptures from the keystone arches on the ground floor.

Sculptors were inspired by a multitude of themes to decorate the facades :

  • ancient gods,
  • seasons
  • monsters,
  • the heads of their contemporaries.

Thanks to these anonymous artists, we have an idea of Bordeaux including the art of headwear in the first half of the eighteenth century.

” Hats off gentlemen! “

Look up!

Bordeaux: find the great men who lived here

But who are these illustrious men who have spent time in Bordeaux?
Click on the pictures to find the answer.

Discover the name of the writer, philosopher, French moralist and politician..

écrivain français et conseiller au parlement de Bordeaux

Find the name of this French writer and counsel to the parliament of Bordeaux.

What is the name of this philosopher, agronomist, inventor, architect, who became President of the United States of America?

peintre et graveur espagnol

Who is behind this Spanish painter and engraver?

compositeur allemand

A plaque in remembrance of this German composer’s visits. Who was he?

poète français, également romancier, dramaturge et critique

But by what name does this French poet, novelist, playwright and critic go?

Bordeaux and its columns

During a visit, have you ever paid attention to the details of a column?

The column is one of the architectural elements of a monument.
Of ancient origin
, architects have used columns extensively in Bordeaux.  Stop for a moment before these stonemason and sculptors’ masterpieces.

Each column has a capital, shaft and base

The Doric order

The Doric order is the first and simplest of the three orders in Greek architecture.
The fluted column is from four to eight diameters high and rests directly on the floor without the benefit of a pedestal or base.
The capital consists of mouldings, fillets and ovolo or a quarter round.

The Ionic order

The Ionic column measures up to nine diameters high.
The capital is adorned with two side spiral forms known as volutes.

The Corinthian order

The Corinthian columns are usually ten diameters high.
Its capital is decorated with rows of acanthus leaves.

The Tuscan order

This is the simplified form of the Greek Doric architectural order.
The column is seven diameters high, including the base and the shaft.

The Composite order

The composite column measures up to ten diameters high.
The base is ionic and the column drum Doric.
The capital may be Ionic or Corinthian with volutes and acanthus leaves.


  1. Can you connect the capitals and bases of these four columns?
  2. To which monuments do they belong?
Palais de Justice de Bordeaux, Chapiteau d'une colonne Grand Theatre, chapiteau d'une colonne de l'Opéra National de Bordeaux
Maison Meyer à Bordeaux, Chapiteau d'une colonne Palais Rohan, Mairie de Bordeaux, chapiteau d'une colonne
Grand theatre de Bordeaux, base de colonne Maison Meyer Base d'une colonne
Palais de Justice de Bordeaux Base d'une colonne Palais Rohan Bordeaux, base d'une colonne

Knocking is an art!

“If I had a hammer! I’d hammer in the morning, I’d hammer in the evening, all over this land”

Claude François praised us the merits of this tool.

Do you know that it also means the predecessor of “doorbell ” also called the knocker?

Look at Bordeaux, at the corner of a street, a courtyard (not an Avenue)

On an ordinary door, a doorway, it reaches out.

Some are as beautiful as if they emanated from the craftsman themselves.
Others reflect the wealth of their owner.
Others are more modest, some even need attention.

Although it may no longer be in service, on mansions, monuments and houses where it was hung,

it is that little detail, signing the beauty of a façade.

For you to admire and knock!

Découvrez les heurtoirs lors d'une visite dans la ville de Bordeaux

These works are part of Bordeaux’s heritage
admire, during a cultural visit with B for Bordeaux