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).
Open NowHours This Week:
- Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM, 6:00 – 11:00 PM
- Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM, 6:00 – 11:00 PM
- Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM, 6:00 – 11:00 PM
- Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM, 6:00 – 11:00 PM
- Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM, 6:00 – 11:00 PM
- Saturday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM, 6:00 – 11:00 PM
- Sunday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM, 6:00 – 11:00 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 M10||Jussieu Station||5 minutes|
|M5||Quai de la Rapée Station||5 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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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 - 7 days ago
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 - 10 days ago
So stunning. Not to be missed. Plan on walking a little slower. Turn off your phone. Stroll and you’ll be rewarded with a warm smile in your heart just taking in the beauty. Oh, and pizza five nearby is great and cheap.
christine allard - 23 days ago
A lovely place to take a stroll and check out all of the beautiful flowers and plants. There's even an adorable petting zoo included! Highly recommended if you like plants or animals.
Heather Stevens - 1 month ago
There's something about this park that makes it feel like no other. Perhaps it's the light, the way the trees cover the paths, or the excitement that comes with a museum or zoo visit. The light colored gravel and dust that temporarily stains every shoe is a welcoming reminder the rest of the day. I look back on this day with great satisfaction.
Jessica Alba - 1 month ago