When you picture holidays to Paris, I bet your first thought is Disneyland. Whilst this is a pretty special attraction, there are plenty of other magical reasons to visit the capital on your next holiday to France. Here are 6 reasons we love visiting Paris.
1. The fairy tale château from TV
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Pierrefonds is a captivating lakeside village and a great sightseeing spot if you’re looking for things to do in Paris with kids. The gigantic Château sits on a hilltop behind the village centre and ticks every ‘fairytale château’ box: towers, turrets and a medieval fortress. Originally constructed in the 15th century, the Château had a starring role in the hit BBC’s series, Merlin. There’s a great restaurant at the foot of the château where you can grab a pot of Moules Frites with the beautiful building as your backdrop.
2. Picture this: Monet’s garden
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Step into the picture frame in Giverny, the French village painter Claude Monet called home from 1883 until his death in 1926. Visit Monet’s house and see the water lily gardens that inspired the founder of Impressionism and his most famous painting.
3. Get your Grand Slam on!
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The French Open, one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, is one of the biggest sporting events in France. For two weeks each year, 500 of the best tennis players in the world battle it out on the clay courts of the famous Roland Garros Stadium. Why not see the winning serve for yourself next time?
4. The royal treatment
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Château de Versailles is France’s finest and most famous chateau. Formerly a Royal Palace home to Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, Versailles oozes luxury. Wander through the ornate, spectacularly landscaped gardens before taking take a trip through the elegant Hall of Mirrors where the Treaty of Versailles was signed in June 1919.
5. The home of horse racing
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Chantilly is home to the largest racehorse-training community in France. If you fancy a flutter, try a day out at Hippodrome de Chantilly, the area’s premier racecourse. If you don’t fancy your chances, why not explore the fascinating Musée Vivant du Cheval, a museum dedicated to equine art and culture.
6. Fly or catch the ferry
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There are three main airports you can use to get to the Paris: Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly and Paris Beauvais. All are serviced by low cost airlines, with Charles de Gaulle offering routes from the largest range of airports including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh Cardiff, Dublin and more. Alternatively, if you prefer to drive to your holiday destination, you can book a Dover-Calais ferry crossing, leaving you with a 2-3 hour journey on the other side (depending on the parc you choose).