a wonderful building in horse lovers country for centuries, the best comes here,and so you will love it.
the Hippodrome or racecourse,not open to the public during racing unless you pay but off you can ask to see the racecourse and training stables at 5 ave magdalene as visits can take place every morning on weeks days and Saturday included. webpage here
The pro races are managed by France Gallop and the link is in contact.
a bit of history
The society for the Encouragement for the improvement of breeds of horses in France, founded on November 11, 1833, is an honorary member the heir to the throne, the Duke of Orléans. He became interested in racing, has a stable and is guardian of the youngest son of King Louis-Philippe, the duc d'aumale, while minor, which has been bequeathed the vast field of Chantilly, including the Castle and the forest, ancient fief of the Montmorency and the Condé. Therefore, the Duke of Orléans makes available to the society for the Encouragement the vast lawn located between the Castle and the forest, where the inaugural meeting was held on May 15, 1834. In front of 3,000 people the first race was won by Helena belonging to Joseph Nicolas Rieussec. In 1836 is run for the first time, the Prix du Jockey Club French Derby resembles that of Epsom created in 1780. The winner was Frank wearing the colours of Lord Seymour. In 1843 is created the Prix de Diane, open only to fillies, which is won by Nativa prince Marc of Beauvau. Prix de Diane and Prix du Jockey Club are the stars of the Chantilly Racecourse events. In 1849, new forums are put into service, the first installed in 1835 proved insufficient. In 1886, the duc d'aumale bequeathed the Chantilly estate to the Institute of France, which currently offers for rent the hippodrome at France Galop.
one of the wonderful time spent in castles in France is its gardens and parks meticuously maintained and groom. The gardens of the chateau de chantilly is no exception, in fact, it should be a must to see while in France.
The gardens, compose of three sections, the jardin a la française design by Le Notre, the jardin anglo-chinois around a hameau or house dating from 1773, and the jardin anglais from 1819.
It takes about an hour to really see these. You can make longer by going to the Potager des Princes or prince veggies garden. Begin at the English garden or jardin anglais with its platanesques trees, take the allée Blanche and continue on the canal des Morfondus to reach the chapel of St Jean (built 1538); take a half turn and cross the canal des morfondus by a passarelle bridge to reach the hameau or country house created in 1774, along the banks you will see the Grand Canal to see the castle from the back great view indeed. When you return go by the allée des Philosophes; you can see kangaroos if you go outside their sleeping time very early.
inside the castle there is a wonderful museum.The Condé musée
Henri d'Orléans, duke d'Aumale, son of king Louis-Philippe Ier, bequested in 1897 the castle and all its collection to the Institut de France. It included the grands appartements and petits appartements furnished from the 19C and 19C by the princes of Condé and by the duke of Aumale himself.
The collection of old paintings is one of the most important in France especially the collection of Italian and French work of arts. It has three from Fra Angelico and Raphaël, five by Nicolas Poussin, four by Antoine Watteau , and five signed by Ingres. The museum has a cabinet of 2 500 designs and a library of 1 500 manuscripts, and 200 laminated with the famours work of Les Très Riches Heures bu the duke of Berry. You add collections of stamps, minituare portraits, sculptures of old, nad photographs of old plus decorative arts, furniture and porcelain.
All of it are found here as the testament instruction of the duke of Aumale prohibits any lending or modifications to the display rooms in the castle so nothing has change since been put up in 1898. .
a wonderful expression of the art of horse riding, totally devoted to the world of the horse. It was created in 1982 by Yves Bienaimé in the Grandes Écuries de Chantilly , where the building belongs to the Institut de France. It is next to the horse racetrack or hippodrome.
It is since 2007 managed by Sophie Bienaimé, daughter of founder, and depends on the financial support of Karim Aga Khan IV and you.
The show in its circular dome presentation is marvelous with beautiful horse and riders, plus a display of 33 stalls with differents races of horses, and extensive paraphernalia of horse items and historical instruments.
a wonderful castle one of the must in near Paris,not in the region, this is Picardie region dept Oise no. 60, but a beautiful horse country area and hunting.
I have a tip on the interiors this one is on the exteriors, same info. You must come here
2013 : the domain is closed from January 8 to January 31.
The Condé Museum - The Château / The Gardens and The Park
April, May, June, September, October : open every day except Tuesday, 10am to 6pm. The Park's doors close at 8pm.
July and August : open every day, 10am to 6pm. The Park's doors close at 8pm.
From November to March : open every day except Tuesday, 10:30am to 5pm. The Park's doors close at 6pm.
The Live Horse Museum - The Great Stables
Open every day except Tuesday.
Until November 7, from 10am to 5pm.
Access to the Dome half an hour before beginning of the horse shows.
From Décember 1 to January 7 : from 1:30pm to 5pm.
2012 : Closed from November 8 to November 31.
2013 : Closed from January 8 to March 29.
how to get there
the history of Chantilly and France, another wonderful castle must see while in France.
From Gallo-Roman period the domaine of « Cantilius » was erected amongst the ponds.That later became the “Chateau de Chantilly”.
Originally the property belongs to the family of Le Bouteiller and then Orgemont families (14th century and the 15th century). Pierre d’Orgemont transformed it into an imposing dark and austere fortress. The Chateau would change owner with the different conquests.
The connétable Anne de Montmorency, transforms it into an elaborate residence: François 1, Henri II were his guests. In the 17C, the Grand Condé, cousin of king Louis XIV enlarge the property. Le Nôtre designs the gardens, Hardouin-Mansart builds and embellishes the outbuildings. In 1671, Louis XIV is to be entertained. Vatel organises the famous feast at the end of which he kills himself. Later Louis Henri, Duke of Bourbon entertains Louis XV. It is at this period that the Grand Stables are built, “Masterpiece of 18th century civilian architecture”
During the Revolution, the Chateau is sacked and becomes a prison. In 1799, it is partially destroyed. The Duke d’Aumale, last of the Condé heirs, rebuilds the Chateau in 1876, enriches it with the most beautiful artistic collections and then bequeaths it to the Institut de France in 1884.It is still here and manage by the Institut.
The Chateau de Chantilly is more of an art museum than a furnished chateau, the 13€ admission fee only allowed a visit to the Musee Conde in the Grand Chateau, not the grand apartments in the petit chateau. If you buy a Domain Pass or a Show Pass the grand apartments are included or we could have paid an extra 3€ to go on a tour of the grand apartments. I passed on seeing those as I knew we would be visiting several more chateaux over the next few days. I thought the admission was a little high for what you actually got to see, certainly compared to the lavishly furnished Fontainebleau or the well presented historic Vaux le Vicomte, perhaps we should have visited the grand apartments.
The Domain and Show passes also include a visit to the stables and also either an equestrian demonstration or an equestrian show. We arrived too late in the day for that part of the chateau visit, I think that might be a highlight for visitors.
We visited on a Monday, the chateau is closed on Tuesday otherwise we probably would have deferred our visit to Tuesday when we had more time.
One of the rooms on the interior of the Chateau that I found interesting was the chapel, be sure to find the information card in the room to explain what the bornze figures and bas relief panels signify. In the center of the altar is an urn containing the hearts of the Conde princes including Henri II, the hearts were hidden during the French Revolution and returned to Chantilly and placed in the chapel. The last heart placed in the urn was that of Louis of Orleans who died in Sydney in 1866 at the age of 21, he had renounced the title of Prince.
After visiting the chateau, we visited the gardens, access to the gardens is included with admission to the chateau, not free like Versailles or Fontainebleau. Or you can purchase admission just to the park and gardens, currently 6€. The formal gardens were designed by André Le Nôtre who also designed the grounds at Versailles. The grand canal here is actually a tributary of the Oise River, this garden has the most water of any garden designed by Le Nôtre. There is also an English garden, if you walk into the gardens you can get a very nice view of the chateau.
The hamlet is five rather dull tudor style buildings and while it may have inspired the hamlet that Marie Antoinette created at Versailles, which is charming and a delight to walk around, it is not it's equal .
This museum was created in a stables built in the 18th century by a Condé prince. The prince loved horses so much that he wanted to be reincarnated as one (and I thought I was bad!). So he built a massive stables to house his horses in luxury.
The stables now houses about 30 different breeds of horses and various rooms throughout the building have displays on everything to do with horses. You can learn what horses eat, what happens to it after it is eaten, how horses are shoed and how the horse has affected mankind throughout the ages. There are displays of tack used through the years, carousel horses and horses in mythology. There is also a live demonstration where two riders show how horses are trained (in French).
I found the museum very interesting and I would guess that most people with a mild interest in horses would enjoy it.
The cost is €8 for an adult and it took me approximately 2 hours to see the whole museum and watch the 1/2 hour demonstration. If you are fairly fluent in French, you will enjoy it more but even if you don't speak French, there is an English map and you will get the idea of most of the displays.
One word of advice, the restaurant that is located within the museum is not open in winter. If you are going to go around lunchtime, be sure to bring some snacks! I found a quiet bench outside to eat my snack.
This museum is housed inside "Chateau de Chantilly". Its a must place in Chantilly.
The value of the Museum is summarized by Wikepedia as follows:
"Musee Condee houses the finest collections of paintings in France after the Louvre".
Its a beautiful castle (only 38km away from Paris), If you want to see a French castle while visiting Paris, please come here. It takes only 30 minutes by train from Paris's North Station (Gare du Nord).
You can walk around a huge beautiful garden surrounding this castle. I used to feed carps in a pond here.
I managed to spend 30 minutes in the Château gardens and could have spent all day. Of course it was a beautiful sunny Sunday in July...
The Château has a huge garden area. I had a quick look around the jardin anglais. Saw the Jeu de Paume from the outside. Wandered into the Île de L’Amour area briefly.
For me, the highlight was to see 3 deer (with full antlers) run across my path about 100m away. 10 minutes later, I saw them again, crossing the pont des Grand Hommes. They even stopped to look at me - see photos!
Not many things make my jaw drop, but the view of this place as you enter the park made that level of impression.
The Château includes the Condé museum. The entrance ticket (€11 for mine) also includes the gardens.
I'm not going to get screeds about the history of the place - get that from the website or a guide book.
I found the library very impressive. The art collection matched it (Poussin, Raphael, Van Dyck...). I had to forego the tour of the private apartments (you can't just walk around on your own there) to allow time to see a bit of the gardens. I've put the gardens on a separate tip,not to gain rankings on VT, but because you could probably spend half a day in the gardens alone.
I didn't have time for the Grandes Ecuries etc - also separate - maybe next trip!
In the summer the opening times are 10am - 6pm, every day except Tuesday (closed). Check website for current times.
As with all popular sites, go early! I was there 5 after 10, and no queues for tickets or brawling crowds inside...
The Chateau possesses one the greatest Art Masterpieces in its Library. It is a prayer book commissioned by the Duc de Berry in the 1400-10 period, mostly done by the Limbourg brothers. Obviously only a single page is open to view at a time and only for limited periods as part of a tour. The times and dates of viewing vary by year. There are printed editions (we have one).