Positioned within the city’s 1st arrondissement and close to many of our Paris holiday apartments, the Tuileries Garden offers an array of entertaining facilities, mixed with picturesque areas for rest and relaxation. Undoubtedly one of Paris’ most popular public gardens, the Tuileries Garden is definitely worthy of a visit for all ages and provides one of the best places in the city for a delightful picnic upon a sunny afternoon. Find a Paris apartment in the 1st Arrondissement – Louvre and Les Halles area.
Regarded as one of the oldest and largest gardens in Paris and one which attracts a huge number of locals and tourists alike, the Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries) is a sight certainly not to be missed whilst exploring the superb collection of sights and attractions that the city has to offer. Conveniently situated upon the right bank of the River Seine and sandwiched in between the famous Louvre Museum and the iconic Place de la Concorde, the garden is brimming with stunning scenery, fascinating features and a whole range of things to do.
The area, upon which the garden is sited, was previously occupied by workshops which manufactured roof tiles (tuiles), hence the name Tuileries. During the mid-1500s, following the death of her husband, Queen Catherine de Medicis decided to relocate into the area and had a new palace, the Palais de Tuileries, built for her. The palace’s gardens were designed in an Italian style to remind her of her hometown of Florence. In the 1660s, the gardens were re-designed by a popular landscape artist, André Le Nôtre, and took on a classical, French layout – opening to the public in 1667.
Amidst the old Elm trees, which have stood in the area throughout the ages, the Tuileries Garden is bursting with charm and character. Two large basins, one of which is shaped in an impressive octagonal design, are connected by wide pathways which are surrounded by green open spaces. A fascinating collection of fountains, sculptures and statues also provide focal points for visitors. Acrobats and street performers entertain passers-by, whilst donkey rides and puppet shows are available for children. For those who prefer to sit back and relax, taking a break from sightseeing and adventure, there are free deckchairs available within the garden.
Two interesting buildings can also be found within the garden, both of which are the only remains of the former Tuileries Palace buildings. The first is the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, which is a museum for contemporary art, whilst the second is the Musée de l’Orangerie, another art museum which is the home to the famous Water Lily paintings by Claude Monet. Another remarkable structure located within the Tuileries Garden is the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which forms part of the three arches, which also includes the larger, renowned Arc de Triomphe, making up the ‘Triumphal Way’. The magnificent arch was built in the early 1800s and is decorated with ornate carvings and statues, including four striking bronze horses.
Please note that entrance into the Tuileries Garden is free of charge, however entrance fees for the museums do apply.