The Jardin des Tuileries is probably the most popular and well known city gardens in all of Paris. This is so as a result of many factors, one of which is its location.
The Jardins des Tuileries is situated right in between two of the most visited tourist spots in all of Paris, the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde. Essentially, the Jardins des Tuileries is part of what is known as the grand central axis that leads from the Louvre art museum as far as the Parisian central business district known as La Defense with its cuboid glass and metal structure known as the Grand Arche de la Defense.
There are many interesting and historical features to be found throughout the Jardin des Tuileries including the Palais de Tuileries which was built by Catherine de Medici in 1559 in this area which, at the time, was home to a clay quarry which is where the name Place de Tuileries comes from. Tuileries is French for tiles. One of the most notable features was a large garden designed in a Tuscan style which was the home land of Catherine de Midici.
In around 1660 the style of the gardens was once again changed to the usual French formal style by none other than the Kings personal gardener, Andre Le Notre, who also designed the very famous gardens at Versailles Palace. He also built a terrace along the bank of the Seine and later extended the park with the Champs Elysees. The gardens became instantly popular among Parisians and it was in fact the trendiest spot to socialize in. The park is really the model for every other modern day park and even featured amenities like cafes and public toilets. In 1871 the Palais des Tuileries was demolished by the Communards which had the effect of opening up the line of sight from the Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre.
You will be able to sit on the banks of the river and watch all of the river traffic go by. You will get to see all kinds of barges filled with cargo ranging from the luxurious to the commonplace. You can also take a walk through the park or sit where you wish in one of the park's 3000 chairs and take in the peace and tranquillity that makes it so popular.
If you are visiting the garden during the summer you can enjoy the annual carnival. A ride on the Ferris Wheel, if it's there, is well worth it for the fabulous views.
Facts For Your VisitFee: No
- Monday: 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
- Tuesday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Wednesday: 9:00 am - 10:30 pm
- Thursday: 9:00 am - 10:30 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am - 10:30 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 10:30 pm
- Sunday: 8:00 am - 10:30 pm
113 rue de Rivoli
Phone: +33 1 40 20 90 43
Joanna T. May-24-2019
No visit to Paris is complete without visiting one of the most celebrated public parks in the world! You can spend an entire day walking around this formal... Read More
Marc O. Jun-10-2019
A great place to stop and take it all in. Also, highly recommend are the two museums down at the Place de la Concorde end. I'd even say that you should just... Read More
Norman W. Apr-27-2019
Just across the road from our hotel are these wonderful gardens which lead down from The Louvre. Well kept lawns and flower beds and always with many... Read More
Accommodations near Jardin des Tuileries:
|Metro / RER Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|M7 or M14||Pyramides||5 minutes|
How to get to Jardin des Tuileries by Metro / RER
By Metro: From Metro Line 1 exit at Tuileries Station. The park is right beside the exit.
From Metro Line 7 or 14 exit at Pyramides Station and proceed south along Avenue de l'Opera to the park.
Map & Instant Route Finder
Click&Go Map and Route Finder with public transit, walking, driving or cycling directions. Get up-to-the-minute transit times for your route.