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Visit Les Jardins d'Etretat

The Etretat gardens sit on top of the cliffs overlooking the iconic "Needle" rock cliff of the Etretat coast in Normandy. Etretat is on the north coast of France between Fécamp and Le Havre.

The view over the cliffs of the Alabaster coast of Normandy has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Explore the Jardins d'Etretat

At the end of the 19th century the Villa Roxelane belonged to Madame Thebault, a famous French actress. She was a good friend of Claude Monet who came regularly to Etretat to paint. He inspired Madame Thebault to create an avant-garde garden in this idyllic spot on the clifftop.

A renowned landscape architect Alexandre Grivko heard about the project and was instrumental in their design. He has used the vegetation to create magnificent living sculptures and these are given another dimension with a display of Modern Art in the gardens.

Topiary in the Etretat gardens

The blend of landscape art and land art sculptures makes the gardens a delight for both garden and art lovers and of course the dramatic natural landscape only adds to the drama. One of the best times to visit the garden is the summer when the vibrant blue of the agapanthes highlights the beautiful verdant green of the garden.

Early evening is a particularly nice time to visit as the lights of the village come on whilst at the same time the sea and gardens are bathed in a soft evening light. The garden has some magical views over the dramatic rocky Etratat coast and the village below which are fabulous during the day and evening.


Throughout the year there are events and exhibitions of paintings and sculpture to further animate the gardens. The lovley Villa Roxelane in typical Normandy style also adds to the charm of the gardens.

There is a snack bar at the gardens where you can pause for a drink and sandwiches, pastries etc.

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Garden visit to the Jardins d'Etretat

The Etretat gardens are open all year round every day except for 20th December to 5th February.

Monday to Friday 11.00 to 19.00 and Saturday to Sunday 10.00 to 19.00

Entrance Fees: 9.50 euros for adults, 7.20 for children (2-11) and free for children under 2s.

The Etretat gardens have become very popular and to avoid queus you can book your tickets online. 

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Les Jardins d'Etretat, Avenue Damilaville (near the chapel) - 76790 Etretat- France

The gardens have been classified as a "remarkable garden", "jardin remarquable" of France.

Gardens to visit nearby

Inland of Etretat are the lovely Jardins du Pays d'Auge with some English style mixed borders and lots of lovely half-timber buildings scattered throughout.

Of course if you get the chance you should visit the fabulous gardens of Claude Monet at Giverney. Claude Monet was an inspiration to Madame Thebault at Etretat and his Giverney gardens are an inspiration to us all.

The Chateau de Boutemont and its gardens is a charming and very peaceful garden with a beautiful pond. The chateau itself is a beautiful building.

You can find more local travel ideas in the North West France guide,

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Map of Les Jardins d'Etretat and places to visit


Les Jardins d'Etretat places to visit

Le Chateau de Boutemont

Le Chateau de Boutemont

The gardens of the Chateau de Boutemont surround a very charming manor house style chateau and has a beautiful formal pond.

Le Chateau de Boutemont guide
Le Parc du Bois des Moutiers

Le Parc du Bois des Moutiers

Le Parc du Bois de Moutiers has a house designed by Edwin Lutyens and a garden co-designed by Gertrude Jekyll. What more could you ask?

Le Parc du Bois des Moutiers guide
Les Jardins du Pays d'Auge

Les Jardins du Pays d'Auge

Les Jardins du Pays d'Auge are a number of themed gardens created around some charming traditional buildings. A treat!

Les Jardins du Pays d'Auge guide
Chateau de Bosmelet gardens

Chateau de Bosmelet gardens

The Potager Arc en Ciel de Bosmelet is a beautiful vegetable garden arranged in the colours of the rainbow.

Chateau de Bosmelet gardens guide
Le Clos du Coudray

Le Clos du Coudray

Sadly this garden has now closed to visitors.

Le Clos du Coudray guide
Les Jardins Agapanthe

Les Jardins Agapanthe

The Jardin's d'Agapanthe is a very popular garden with a lush green planting punctuated flowers of mostly white and blue.

Les Jardins Agapanthe guide