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

Official Website: Jardin des Plantes

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).

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Address: 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France

Phone: 01 40 79 56 01

Official Website: Jardin des Plantes


Rated 4.6 out of 5Jardin des Plantes Star Rating

5 Star Rating Even if you only have a few days to visit Paris, you should definitely stop at this Jardin! It’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s filled with lots of different flowers and plants, the variety of colours is absolutely stunning. The entrance is free for everyone and there is even a little playground for kids. If you have some spear time, there are lots of museums in this park, that all together make up the Natural History Museum. Museums are free if you are under 26 and from EU.

Eleonora Vivaldi - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating A calm oasis in the middle of the city, perfect for a break from the usual hustle. The gardens were lovely, offering a peaceful environment surrounded by greenery. I enjoyed walking around the pathways and admiring the variety of plants from different parts of the world

Eric Lawson - 3 months ago

4 Star Rating 🌿 Jardin des Plantes is a botanical garden that belongs to the National Museum of Natural History. It was founded in 1635 as a royal medicinal garden and has four centuries of scientific adventures. It covers 28 hectares and has various collections of plants, trees, flowers and herbs. 👍 I liked this place, which is nice to walk around if you like parks. It has different thematic gardens, such as the alpine garden, the rose garden, the iris garden and the ecological garden. It also has several greenhouses that display tropical and desert plants. It is a peaceful and relaxing place in the heart of Paris. 👎 The only drawback is that some parts of the garden are not very well maintained and look a bit neglected. It could use some more care and attention. 🌟 I give 4 stars to this place, which is a beautiful and educational place to visit. It also has several museums and a zoo that are worth seeing. It is a great place for nature lovers and families.

Marco Flavio Delgado Martinez - 4 months ago

5 Star Rating An amazing park with great smooth benches under the tree shadows. In some places the gardens are AMAZING in others not so much. Again you can't walk on the grass but you appreciate the beauty of nature. There are also a couple of toilets in the park

Lalos SAW - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Lovely park with lots of flora and fauna … beautiful statues of animals that are very amusing for the kids. The zoo is also located within the park as well as other attractions. Highly recommend a leisurely walk through.

Heather R - 18 days 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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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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