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THINGS TO DO IN PARIS

Here you'll find a variety of suggestions, ranging from a park to a museum to a pretty square. The Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin du Luxembourg, Cité des Enfants and Jardin d'Acclimatation are particularly good for kids. Some of these places also feature on the walks page.

Eglise St Germain, Paris

Église St-Germain-des-Prés

The church is all that remains of the 6th Century abbey which once stood in the fields (prés) on this site. It later gave some its lands along the Seine to the University of Paris where the common language of the students was Latin - hence the area would become known as The Latin Quarter.

3 place St-Germain-des-Pres
6th Arrondissement

Métro: St-Germain-des-Pres (line 4)

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Notre Dame, Paris

Notre Dame

Built in the Gothic style, it is said that the first stone of the Cathedral was laid in 1163. Its address is at the very origins of Paris itself, the ile de la Cité, and remains the geographical centre of the city. It is still a place of worship but for many visitors to Paris it is a symbol of the city itself. Whatever the reason for your visit, its scale and detail are awe inspiring.

6 Parvis Notre-Dame
4th Arrondissement

Métro: Cité (line 4)

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Sainte Chapelle, Paris

Sainte Chapelle

Consecrated in 1248, the Sainte-Chapelle is one of the earliest surviving buildings of the Capetian royal palace. To fully appreciate its beauty go inside; the stained glass windows are magnificent.

4 boulevard du Palais
1st Arrondissement

Métro: Cité (line 4)

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Louvre, Paris

Louvre

One of the most famous museums in the world, it hardly needs an introduction. If it's your first visit, be prepared and plan what you would like to see. The building and its collections are vast.

1st Arrondissement

Métro: Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre (lines 1 & 7)

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Pompidou Centre, Paris

Centre Pompidou

Architecturally controversial at the time it was completed, but now much admired and loved. It houses the Musée National d’Art Moderne which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe.

place Georges-Pompidou
4th Arrondissement

Métro: Rambuteau (line 11)

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Eiffel Tower, Paris

The Eiffel Tower at night

A Paris icon that you don't actually have to visit as it can be seen from many places around the city. At night, every hour on the hour, it twinkles.

Champ de Mars, 5 avenue Anatole
7th Arrondissement

Métro: Trocadero (lines 6 & 9)

Métro: École Militaire (line 8)

Métro: Rambuteau (line 11)

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Montmartre, Paris

Montmartre

But only if you can face the hordes. From the metro, follow directions to the funicular which will hoist you up the hill if you can't walk it.

18th Arrondissement

Métro: Abbesses (line 12)


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Carnavalet museum Paris

Carnavalet

A beautiful museum in the Marais, chronicling the history of Paris.

16 rue des Francs-Bourgeois
3rd Arrondissement

Métro: Saint-Paul (line 1)

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Palais Royal, Paris

Palais Royal

An ex-royal palace, it is now home to restaurants, shops, galleries and apartments which overlook a lovely inner garden and collonaded walkway. A great place to come and slow down for a moment.

6 rue de Montpensier
1st Arrondissement

Métro: Palais-Royal Musée du Louvre (lines 1 & 7)


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Musee D'Orsay, Paris

Musée d'Orsay

Thankfully a ruling in 1970 to demolish the defunct beaux-arts train station was overruled and it is now home to the world's largest collection of impressionist masterpieces.

1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur
7th Arrondissement

Métro: Solférino (line 12)

RER: Musée d'Orsay (line C)

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Place des Vosges, Marais, Paris

Place des Vosges

Stunning buildings and a beautiful collonade surround a lovely square. If you're in the Marais/Bastille area it's a must.

Marais district
4th Arrondissement

Métro: Saint-Paul (line 1)

Métro: Bastille (lines 1, 5 & 8)


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St Sulpice, Paris

St Sulpice

Only slightly smaller than Notre Dame, St Sulpice is a late-Baroque Roman Catholic church. Stop off on your way to or from the Jardin du Luxembourg.

2 rue Palatine
6th Arrondissement

Métro: Saint-Sulpice (line 4)


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Place Dauphine, Paris

Place Dauphine

A beautiful spot at the end of the ile de la Cité. Come to watch the boules or just watch the world go by.

1st Arrondissement

Métro: Cité (line 4)

Métro: Pont-Neuf (line 7)


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Grand Palais, Paris

Grand Palais

Look out for what's being exhibited here as it's worth booking just to see the industrial grandeur of the space.

3 avenue du Général Eisenhower
8th Arrondissement

Métro: Champs-Élysées-Clemenceau
(lines 1 & 13)

Métro: Franklin D. Roosevelt
(lines 1 & 9)

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Tuileries, Paris

Jardin des Tuileries

An elegant walk for grownups but if you're a little kid there is a toy boating pond (the kind where you prod a boat with a stick to make it move). It is charm itself.

place de la Concorde
1st Arrondissement

Métro: Tuileries (line 1)


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Luxembourg Gardens, Paris

Jardin du Luxembourg

The romantic gardens are one of the best things about Paris, whatever the weather. And for little people there is a toy boating pond, puppet shows, ponies and a fantastic playground.

6th Arrondissement

Métro: Saint-Sulpice (line 4)

RER: Luxembourg (line B)

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Cite des Enfants, children's museum, Paris

Cité des Enfants (City of Science & Industry)

On the far edge of Paris, a great science museum for kids aged 2 - 12. Booking is advisable.

30 avenue Corentin Cariou
19th Arrondissement

Métro: Porte de la Villette (line 7)

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Jardin d'Acclimatation, children's park, Paris

Jardin d'Acclimatation

There is a small entry fee and then you can buy tickets for the little rides. Check out the website for more info.

Bois de Boulogne
16th Arrondissement

Métro: Les Sablons (line 1)

Exit 2, take the rue d'Orléans. The park is about 150 metres away.

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Ile St Louis, Ile de la Cite, Paris

Île de la Cité & Île St Louis

Islands in the Seine; île de la Cité is both the geographical centre of Paris and its place of birth, while the neighbouring île St Louis has come a long way from its origins as a cow pasture. It's wonderful to stroll round and through both the islands which are now home to Notre Dame (Cité) and some of the most ancient and elegant buildings in the city.

1st and 4th Arrondissements

Île de la Cité - Métro: Cité (line 4)

Île St Louis - Métro: Pont Marie (line 7)


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Rodin Museum, Paris

Musée Rodin

My favourite part of the museum is the garden. When the weather's good, it is bliss.

79 rue de Varenne
7th Arrondissement

Métro: Varenne (line 13)

Métro: Invalides (lines 13 & 8)

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Musee Marmottan, Paris

Musée Marmottan

The single largest Monet collection in the world is housed here in a former hunting lodge on the edge of Paris. Blissfully uncrowded, it is a joy to view the paintings without having to compete with 200 other people. The permanent collection is also home to Berthe Morisot among others. Closed on Monday.

2 rue Louis Boilly
16th Arrondissement

Métro: La Muette (line 9)

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