Photo of Parc Monceau

Visit Parc Monceau

Parc Monceau can be found in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. It is one of the most elegant parks in Paris and surrounded by impressive mansions.

Explore Parc Monceau

The park was created in the 17th century upon the orders of Phillippe d'Orleans, Duke of Chartres and designed by Louis Carrogis Carmontelle (a close friend of George IV of England).

The park covers eight hectares and has an English style, informal layout. In the park there is an 'Egyptian pyramid', Corinthian pillars (see photo) and a Dutch windmill. There are also many statues and there is a rotunda at its main entrance.

Monet painting of Parc Monceau

The statues feature some of France's leading figures including Guy de Maupassant, Alfred de Musset and Frederic Chopin.

During the Second Empire the size of the park was greatly reduced (to its current size) but in 1860 what remained was bought by the Paris council and re-designed by Baron Haussman. Haussman put in two large avenues which cross in the centre.

He kept the various 'follies' listed above and planted plants from around the world.

This park is one of the prettiest in Paris, with lots of paths, ponds and stream. It is a popular jogging course and lots of wedding photos are taken here. The surrounding area is full of very pricey hotels.

Claude Monet painted five paintings in the Parc Monceau. The above painting was painted by Monet in 1871.

Parc Monceau garden guide

Park Monceau can be found in the 8th arrondissement of Paris at the junction of Rue de Prony, Rue Georges Berger and Boulevard de Courcelles. Access is from the Boulevard de Courcelles, Avenue Velasquez, Avenue Van Dyck and Avenue Ruysd.

The garden is open all year round from sunrise to sunset with longer hours in the summer. There is a childrens area in the park and also it is a free Wifi area.

Address: Parc Monceau, 75008 Paris. The metro station 'Monceau' is found at its main entrance - though in all there are 9 seperate entrances. These are staffed by a watchman whose family have held the same role for 5 generations!

Gardens to visit nearby

Parc Monceau is close to the other parks of Paris and in particular the Jardin du Luxembourg with its Orangerie, and the Parc de Bagatelle which is part of the Botanic gardens of Paris.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Paris guide,

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Map of Parc Monceau and places to visit


Parc Monceau places to visit

Le Jardin du Luxembourg

Le Jardin du Luxembourg

A large French style garden and an Orangery with Mediterranean plants

Le Jardin du Luxembourg guide
Le Parc de Bagatelle

Le Parc de Bagatelle

The Parc de Bagatelle is one of the four gardens that make up Paris' botanical garden

Le Parc de Bagatelle guide
Le Jardin des Plantes

Le Jardin des Plantes

Gardens and greenhouse in the 5th arrondissement of Paris.

Le Jardin des Plantes guide
Parc Floral de Paris

Parc Floral de Paris

One of the four gardens making up the botanic garden of Paris and with large collections of rhododendrons and camillias

Parc Floral de Paris guide
Jardin Albert Kahn

Jardin Albert Kahn

The Albert-Kahn gardens are particularly known for their Japanese garden.

Jardin Albert Kahn guide
Gardens of the Palace of Versailles

Gardens of the Palace of Versailles

The World-famous gardens of Versaille are simply splendid and are one of the best formal gardens in France.

Gardens of the Palace of Versailles guide