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).

Jardin des Plantes Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM

Address: 75005 Paris, France

Phone: 01 40 79 56 01

Official Website: Jardin des Plantes

Jardin des Plantes Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5 Star Rating

4 Star Rating A nice getaway park from the city noise. Pleasant to walk around and admire the statues and installations. I would advise to come when the sun starts to set, that way you get the daylight views and the illuminations when they switch the lights on which is on the installtions. I feel like there could be a few more vendors and public toilet facilities within the park but still, a worthwhile visit especially if you have children.
Ebenzo Misterelli - a week ago

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5 Star Rating I honestly can’t believe this place is free! Well the gardens anyway! But they are vast and incredibly diverse, so even on a wet and grey day you will still experience a wonder and if anything it will just be more quiet. Really easy to get to and as it’s mostly flat there aren’t any major accessibility issues: lots of seating and fun places to hide. It really needs to be visited.
Caïna Verrin - 3 months ago

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5 Star Rating Perfect! This is my second spring I visit this park. Every year the flowers change, so you can admire different Spring flowers. And there are a lot of trees and bushes blooming in Spring. You have several museums to visit and a greenhouse with tropical flowers. You can also visit a small Zoo situated in this park. This year we found a Mary-goes-round for children, the price is 3 euros. You can also purchase food and coffee. There is open space for children to play near the Zoo. The toilets are free and tidy.
Olga S - 4 months ago

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5 Star Rating Free admission for the park. Nice layout and design. There’s also a rose garden. Had a lovely time walking around the park, very soothing and relaxing! A nice little quiet place within the busy city!
Judy Hung - 4 months ago

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5 Star Rating Free to get into the botanical gardens. Very beautiful. The benches weren’t very clean and sad that you can’t actually smell the roses in the rose garden as you can’t walk on the grass. Didn’t spend very long here as there were lots of people and children.
Hannah Markham - 2 months ago

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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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