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Les Tuileries Gardens. Facts. Information.
Les Tuileries Gardens, Paris

The beautiful Les Tuileries Gardens are the most central gardens in Paris. They are a natural stop after a visit of the Louvre at walking distance. The walk from the Louvre to the Champs-Elysées across the gardens is a must. Top Paris gardens.

Visit Les Tuileries Gardens

The beautiful 28 hectares Tuileries Gardens stretch their French style alleys and lawns along the Seine river, in the right bank in between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde. Initially a royal garden, they have been open to the public for 450 years. They are called Jardin des Tuileries in French.

Entrance is free. Hours: from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm, from the last Sunday of September to the last Sunday in March, from 7 am to 9 pm, from the last Sunday of March to the last Saturday of September. Evacuation begins 30 minutes before closing time. Locate Les Tuileries Gardens on Paris map. Paris metro: metro station Les Tuileries on line 1.

We warmly recommend you the Paris triumphal way walk through the gardens and up to Arc de Triomphe. It is a good idea to book a hotel near Louvre Museum and Tuileries gardens, a central city district.

Relaxing in Les Tuileries Gardens
Relaxing in Les Tuileries Gardens

History of Les Tuileries Gardens

In 1559, Queen Catherine de Medicis moved her residence to the Louvre Palace. She decided to build Les Tuileries close-by, a new palace with a garden modeled after the gardens of her native Florence. Catherine commissioned a landscape architect from Florence, Bernard de Carnesse, to build an Italian Renaissance garden, with fountains, a labyrinth and a grotto. The Tuileries were the largest and most beautiful gardens in Paris at the time.

In 1664, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, the superintendent of buildings of Sun King, commissioned the landscape architect André Le Nôtre to redesign the entire gardens. Le Nôtre transformed the Tuileries into a formal garden a la française, a typically French style he had perfected în Versailles Gardens and later applied in Parc de Sceaux, based on symmetry, order and long perspectives. The Tuileries Palace, a historical and beautiful French Palace, was burnt by the Paris Commune in 1871.

Les Tuileries Gardens in Paris
Les Tuileries Gardens from the air

Les Tuileries Gardens museums

The Gardens feature two interesting museums set in similar buildings alongside Place de la Concorde. The Orangerie is mostly famous for its Claude Monet's water lilies. The collection includes twenty-five works by Auguste Renoir, fifteen works by Paul Cezanne, twelve works by Pablo Picasso, ten works by Henri Matisse, five works by Amadeo Modigliani. Open from 9am to 6pm Wednesday to Monday. Ticket price: 9 euros.

1, place de la Concorde
Paris 75008 France

The Jeu de Paume is mostly dedicated to photography exhibitions. Ticket price: 10 euros.

1, place de la Concorde
Paris 75008 France

See Monet's water lilies in Orangerie, Les Tuileries Gardens
The waterlilies by Claude Monet are in Orangerie

Cafés and restaurants

Loulou is the high end restaurant of the Arts Decoratifs Museum, set in the Louvre Palace. It has a great terrace with impressive views of the Louvre. Web site.

Located in the heart of the Tuileries Gardens, the Café des Marronniers is sheltered from the lively Rue de Rivoli. It is open every day and offers a catering service at any time of the day. As the weather permits, enjoy the outdoor tables under the shade of chestnut trees. Web site. The Café de Diane near-by enjoys similar advantages. Web site.

Cafe de Diane in Les Tuileries Gardens
Cafe de Diane in Les Tuileries Gardens

Tuileries Christmas market + Funfair

From November 15th 2019 to January 5th 2020, the largest Christmas market in Paris, called La Magie de Noël ("Christmas magic"), entertains all generations with craftsmen's cottages, a Ferris wheel, an ice rink, children's theater and Guignol. The market is open 7/7 days from 111am to close to midnight. Metro station: Tuileries (line 1). Free admission. The market is located on Terrasse des Feuillants alongside rue de Rivoli.

From 28 June to 24 August, a funfair animates the Tuileries Gardens. Once inside the great Fête des Jardins des Tuileries, everyone streams towards the stands. The many attractions (the little train, the big wheel, bumper cars, etc.) continue year after year, bringing laughs, fears and excitement for children, with surprises and thrills for adults too. The funfair is located alongside the Rue de Rivoli.

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Tuileries Christmas market
Tuileries Christmas market

Les Tuileries Gardens statues

Strollers in the Tuileries can enjoy the garden as an open-air museum. Statues were installed in late 17th century as part of the Le Nôtre design. Since then, sculptures by leading artists have continued to take their place in the garden, which also hosts an outdoor section of the International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) every fall.

The gardens showcase a collection of twenty-one statues by Aristide Maillol (1861-1944).The subject of nearly all of Maillol's mature work is the female nude body, treated with a classical nobility and simplicity. His voluptuous female figures are reminiscent of the women Gauguin painted, but Maillol’s nudes typically exude serenity and stillness.

Maillol statue in Tuileries Gardens
Maillol statue in Les Tuileries gardens
Map of Tuileries Gardens
Map of Les Tuileries Gardens