Everything You Need to Know to Visit Notre Dame

Our town is the proud home of the Fighting Irish! The University of Notre Dame was founded in 1842 by Edward Sorin. For more than 175 years, the university has held true to its strong traditions and ties to both intellectual and spiritual endeavorsThanks to its historical significance and loyal fans and alumni, Notre Dame is a popular place to visit, and not just for prospective students. Each year, many of our guests travel to South Bend to visit Notre DameRead on to learn more about two tour options we recommend for anyone who wants to visit the university!  

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Visit Notre Dame with These Two Campus Tours 

Please note that due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the University of Notre Dame is limiting campus visitors to those deemed “essential visitors” only. Our community’s wellness is of the utmost importance to us. We strongly urge our guests to read about the new visitors policy and plan to visit Notre Dame for a campus tour at a later date. We thank you all for understanding!  

General Tour 

Enjoy a free public tour of Notre Dame with the General Tour. This tour, given by the Eck Visitors Center, takes guests to the most iconic sights on campus, like the Grotto, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Main Building, and the Hesburgh Library.  

We encourage you to keep an eye on the tour dates and times and make a reservation when the Eck Visitors Center reopens!  

Notre Dame Stadium Tour 

There’s nothing quite like a Notre Dame football weekend! Each year, Fighting Irish alumni and fans plan a weekend getaway in Northern Indiana to tailgate and watch the games. If you love Notre Dame football, then you need to take a Notre Dame Stadium Tour! This tour allows guests photo opts on the field and in front of the famous “Play Like a Champion Today” sign in the tunnel!  

We encourage you to keep an eye on the tour dates and times and make a reservation when the Notre Dame Stadium Tour reopens!  

Parking Information  

The university also has several visitor parking options for your convenience! Be sure to check out this parking map before you head out! 

Stay Nearby at The Oliver Inn 

Carriage House PorchHead back to our South Bend, IN, bed and breakfast after you visit Notre Dame. The Oliver Inn is located just 2.5 miles from the University of Notre Dame, so it’s an easy commute. After your tour, come back to your comfortable guest room at The Oliver Inn.  

If you’re visiting the university with friends or family, we recommend The Carriage House. This secluded, second-floor suite features two queen-size bedrooms, two private bathrooms, a full kitchen and living room, and a private porch.  

Check our availability to start planning your trip to South Bend!