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).

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Address: 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France

Phone: 01 40 79 56 01

Official Website: Jardin des Plantes

Directions

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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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5

4 Star Rating A bit old but well kept. Excellent for a family day out: it has a museum, a zoo, many gardens and a wonderful collection of Bones and fossils

Carlos Miranda Levy - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating What a wonderful place to wander around. I went on a sunny Sunday after visiting the bone museum and it was lovely to walk around. The signage around the plants is informative. I throughly recommend.

Sophie Budden - 22 days ago

5 Star Rating Nice and relaxing. Plenty of space for some good wandering. Nice cool spots for lounging on a hot summers day. You have to pay to get in the glass houses, but I guess you could look at that positively and say you don't have to pay to walk around the gardens. To be fair, I would have happily paid a reasonable price to get in. Plenty of options for refreshment. Sufficient toilets. In fact, I went in a very futuristic self cleaning toilet. I'd recommend it. The plants too.

Garford Moore - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Very good pace to take a walk. Don't forget to go to the Alpine Garden. You can enter it for free, passing by underground tunnel from central zone. Also you can take a look at the cute red pandas and kangaroo right from free zone.

Ярослав Жаров - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating This garden is quiet, green and very relaxing. You could spend a whole afternoon if not a day here. The plants are labeled so that you and your children could do easier research, or just know what they are. There are natural history and geology museums as well as a zoo. You can come here for a quick picnic (on the benches though, grass are fragile), relaxing, running or just walking. The plants are so dense that you hear no traffic or city sounds. Great for coming alone or with children.

Inan Berbatov - 2 months ago

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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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