Jardin des Plantes Paris

Jardin des Plantes Paris is home to numerous themed gardens and greenhouses, a zoo and the Museum of Natural History

Strolling along long rows of flowers in the Jardin de plantes
Strolling along long rows of flowers in the Jardin de plantes cc licensed photo by besopha

The lovely Jardin des Plantes in Paris is the perfect place to enjoy the simple pleasures that only a beautiful garden can offer. These gardens are free to explore and offer a nice change from the bustle of the city. The gardens are also home to the Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle to which they belong.

The beautiful gardens occupy a total area of about 70 acres on the southbank of the river Seine. The first planting consisted of medicinal herbs way back in 1635. In 1640 the gardens were opened to the public for the first time. In 1739 there were significant additions made to the gardens including the Labyrinth.

Several smaller gardens are located within the overall garden including the Alpine Garden, the Ecological Garden, the Rose Garden, the Garden of Peonies, the Garden of Irises and Perennials, the Labyrinth, the Greenhouses and more.

In addition to the beautiful themed gardens, starting around 1793, the garden inherited the Royal Menagerie from Versailles which in modern terms is a zoo. Of course today the focus has changed from Royalty acquiring exotic animals as a measure of wealth and status to the role of conservation and scientific study. The Menagerie at Jardin des Plantes Paris is filled with a variety of small and medium sized species representative of many different parts of the world. It is the oldest public zoo still in existence.

There are a total of 4 gates located at 57 rue Cuvier, 2 rue Buffon, 36 rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire and 75005 Paris place Valhubert.

Nearby attraction: Museum of Natural History

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: The botanical gardens are free with the exception of a nominal charge for the Alpine Garden on weekends and holidays, for Les Grandes Serres (the Greenhouses) and for the Menagerie (Zoo).

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Address: 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France

Phone: 01 40 79 56 01

Official Website: Jardin des Plantes


Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M7 or M10Jussieu Station5 minutes
M5Quai de la Rapée Station5 minutes

How to get to Jardin des Plantes by Metro / RER

By Metro: Exit Metro M7 or M10 at Jussieu Station and go to your left walking straight south along Rue Linne to the entrance gate at the corner of the Jarden des Plantes or exit Metro M5 at Quai de la Rapée Station and go to your right through the plaza and right again across Pont d'Austerlistz (Bridge) to the entrance gate on the far side of the traffic circle.

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Rated 4.5 out of 5Jardin des Plantes Star Rating

4 Star Rating Super cool and beautiful place to hang around and enjoy the superb gardening. I totally recommend to get some stuff to eat/drink and search for a nice place in the sun to enjoy the day. Cool place for kids too.

Julian Bossert - 4 days ago

4 Star Rating Indispensable place if you stay some days in Paris. Visit also the museum of natural history and the mineralogy collection. There is also "la serre" were you can walk along incredible plants. The garden has different space : you can visit the zoo, a thematic garden accessible by an underground pathway. All the along the garden you can discover many species of plant. And everytime you can see some exposition (for the moment it's on science imagery : looks incredible images of the smallest world known... !)

Dada Daphne - 17 days ago

5 Star Rating Oh my goodness I would love to come back here in spring or summer. It was so beautiful with so many little gardens and plants all over the place. I love gardens. If you love gardens, I highly recommend it!!

Berenice Gonzalez - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating This park is extraordinary. There is so much history and beauty here. You can find yourself strolling among the avenues of trees, relaxing on a bench, studying the vast flora and fauna, or simply taking in the history. This oasis in Paris provides the perfect place to meditate and recover from the chaos that is city life.

Josh Quick - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Lovely place for a walk and to enjoy the gardens at any time of the year. You can visit the large greenhouses (paid entry), the medicinal plant area where they have small ponds full of frogs and newts, and it is next to the Menagerie (small zoo). If you don't feel like paying for the zoo you can see some animals like the red panda, the wallabies and dome deer. It's a beautiful place to escape the city. There is also a labyrinth that has just been renovated, in fact there is a lot to discover!

Lydia Sosa - 2 months ago


Video slideshow showcasing the wide range of critters that can be observed at the menagerie followed by the wide variety of beautiful flowers and plants in the various gardens at Jardin des Plantes

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