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 ClosedHours This Week:
- 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: 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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Ratedout of 5
The Jardin des Plantes is less famous than Luxembourg Gardens, but it is vast and interesting to visit because there is a wide variety of flowers and trees to see. I especially liked the Rose Garden near the Gallery of Mineralogy and Geology which is a very pretty and romantic place.
JB JB - 1 day ago
This zoo is located inside the park of the botanical garden. It makes good use of the limited space available and of the historical zoo buildings. A lot of smaller animals are kept here, as well as an interesting set of primates and cats. This being the original location of the Paris zoo, it is worth visiting as a historical landmark, but it is also a good place to take small children for a couple of hours. No elephants or giraffes here, but small kids will get just as excited watching flamingos, wallabies, and a seemingly endless procession of goat-like creatures, with increasingly impressive horns, to name a few. It is part of the nearby natural history museum, but requires a separate entrance ticket.
Sylvain Dornadic - 14 days ago
Beautiful serene garden. Just nice to walk through and pause, and sit under some trees. There are also interesting natural history museums that one can visit too.
Kathryn Din - 18 days ago
Really very nice place to sit and walk around in Paris! Lots of runners. Lots of benches lining the outside of the garden and the plants are in the middle. Every plant is labeled and information about the plants can be found easily. Also the walk between here and notre dame along the water is very nice, making it an easily accessible spot for a picnic lunch.
Gabriel Fedorko - 28 days ago
The great thing about this garden is that you can come and visit for free, although there are parts that charge an entrance fee you can just walk arround in the free areas. Unfortunately the garden was a bit dry maybe because it was just the beginning of spring but I did not see too many plants or flowers. ( thought they have an "garden" of rocks was kind a funny, see picture ) And some parts need more care it looks almost abandoned. Overall a great place to walk.
Aranzazu Aleman - 1 month ago