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Le Domaine de Chantilly s'etend sur 7 800 hectares au sein de l'une des plus grandes forets des environs de Paris. Il est compose du chateau et de son musee Conde, du parc et de ses jardins, des grandes ecuries et de leur musee du cheval. Constitue...more
All reviews day trip train station art collection horse museum gare du minute walk strawberries beautiful grounds pay extra well worth the visit worth the trip audio tour formal gardens ticket office sunny day english garden take your time
Beautiful, and not a lot of people! Much less crowded than Versailles, and just as nice. Worth a visit, and not to far from Paris.
You could even do this on a layover at CDG if you have 8 hours or more.
We took Uber...More
What a great day trip from Paris! 25 minutes by train (SCNF) or 45 minutes on the RER D. Lots of times to/from the city. The Chateau is an easy 20 minute walk from the station or you can try to find a taxi /...More
I loved my autumn visit to this tranquil town of Chantilly. The chateau has centuries of history and is beautifully kept. The interiors are furnished with amazing art and furniture from many periods. The gardens are gorgeous with the fountains, statues and gardens.
We got a little confused getting here by train, I think some rail repairs underway or something. Clear sailing back though. This castle is awesome , large areas, large gardens and a horse barn that any of us would like to live in. The chateau...More
the site is absolutely amazing - probably one of my favourite ones in the entire world. The setting is truly breath-taking. Unfortunately we were unlucky with the service in several ways:
- Nasty potholes in the car park area
- Very rude waiter in the...More
We took the 25 minute train ride from Paris to Chantilly. It is a short walk from the station to the Chateau but to get to the entrance once you enter the Chateau grounds can take another 15 minutes. We noticed that there is a...More
A wonderful Cheateux with grounds walks cycle rides to enjoy.
The area around is also so wow it worth a visit just to see real France.
Food wine people just lovley you will love the finding of things around the area as we did.
Maybe its castle/palace and art overload but floor to ceiling paintings kinda loose their appeal. The palace is impressive enough, although the stables outshine it by far, but the 'nothing succeeds like excess' theory of dozens and dozens second rate paintings of undistinguished ancestors by...More
Get CityMapper app! It has been really great for me while in Paris and I've done several days trips out of the city. Went to Chantilly today. I found it tricky buying the ticket at the station because no employee there... More
Get CityMapper app! It has been really great for me while in Paris and I've done several days trips out of the city. Went to Chantilly today. I found it tricky buying the ticket at the station because no employee there seemed to really know, I got sent in three different directions before I finally found someone who knew!
You take the RER train at Gare de Nord. You have to buy the ticket even if you have a Navigo Pass because it's a separate train company or something. You can buy the ticket on the main level (same level as all the other trains in Gare du Nord), the ticket office is near the main entrance I think. If you pay with credit card, you can use the red and green machine right outside the ticket office. I recommend the "Domain Pack" for 25€. It includes return train from Gare du Nord to Chantilly Gouviuex Station, and full admission to the Chateau, the grounds, the galleries, the stables. It does not include the horse show, which wasn't on when I went anyway. If you want to see the horse show, you'll have to do some research because I have no idea about that.
Once you finally get your ticket, look on the boards by the trains to see which gate to catch the train. Don't forget to "compost" the ticket before boarding. It means you stick the ticket face up and bar code first into the little validation machine in front of the gate. Do this again at Chantilly station when you return to Paris.
It's only a half hour train ride. When you get outlet the station, there are direction signs to Chateau, follow those. Google Map the Chateau on your phone and that will help, it's a godsend to me because I have no sense of direction. If you want to be a little adventurous, instead of walking along the sidewalk around the forest to the Chateau, take the shortcut through the forest, there is a very plain to see straight path through the forest and you can see the stables building at the end. Then you walk around the stables. I recommend going in there first and head to their ticket office/gift shop, they will validate your domain pass (if you go for that option) and give you a ticket - hold onto the ticket she gives you because you will need that to get in everywhere else. Then you can go in the stables and see the gorgeous horses, ponies, and donkeys.
Then you can wander over to the Chateau, you can't miss it, set on water. Enter through the front, grab an audio guide thingy and each room has a number to program into the thingy and it plays the respective informative recording. I listened to it for three rooms and then just winged it (I'm impatient, but the recordings were interesting).
The bathrooms are down the stairs. Don't forget to tour the gardens. Really lovely with sheep grazing, a little stream, etc. Very pastoral setting. I spent a good 5 hours there, but I strolled a little into town after the Chateau and had a beer at a bar during a rainshower.
I don't know if we are allowed to paste links here, but Google "Secret Tip: The Train to Chantilly" and it has really helpful information. Enjoy! Well worth it. Bring a picnic, sit on a bench after the Chateau.