Chantilly Travel Guide

  • The Chateau Reading Room (library)
    The Chateau Reading Room (library)
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  • Illuminated manuscripts in the Reading Room
    Illuminated manuscripts in the Reading...
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  • Chateau de Chantilly
    Chateau de Chantilly
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Chantilly Things to Do

  • Don't miss the Reading Room

    The main reason we visited the Domaine de Chantilly was “The Reading Room” which contains, among its many treasures, the “Très Riches Heures of Duc de Berry” that we wanted to see. Of course you can’t leaf through such a precious manuscript and only two pages are displayed, but they had an interactive computer display nearby and you could literally...

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  • Chateau de Chantilly

    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...

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  • Chateau de Chantilly-Chapel

    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...

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  • Chateau gardens

    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...

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  • The Museum of the Living Horse

    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...

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  • Musee Conddee

    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".

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  • Visirinf Chateau de Chantilly

    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.

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  • Parc

    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...

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  • Château

    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...

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  • Les Tres Riches Heures

    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...

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  • Visit the Grand Ecuries (Stables)

    The stables were built in 1719-40 and were never damaged. They are something to behold both inside and outside. The facade is one of the finest examples of Louis XV style. The stalls are like nothing I have ever seen.(I once consulted on an ill trotting-horse who was making millions standing at stud and his air-conditioned, padded stall with...

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  • Visit the Art Museum

    We came mainly for the Art. Do not expect this to be like a conventional art museum. Regard it as a challenging treasure hunt, If at all possible have materials to aid you in finding the treasures. The handout provided is meager. The Duc stipulated in his will that the arrangement not be changed and that is that. It is a throwback to another...

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Chantilly Hotels

  • Tiara Chateau Hotel Mont Royal Chantilly

    Route de Plailly, La Chapelle-en-Serval, Picardy, 60520, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Chateau de la Tour

    Chemin de la Chaussee, Chantilly, 60270, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Dolce Chantilly

    Route d'Apremont - Vineuil St Firmin, Chantilly, Picardy, 60500, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Chantilly Restaurants

  • Chateau restaurant

    The restaurant is inside "Chateau de Chantilly". Its an interesting experience to eat here. Its a cozy and is decorated as a French countryside restaurant. The salas dishes and fish. Cod was excellent.

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  • classic venue

    I had my Sunday lunch in the main restaurant at the racecourse, with (as you've guessed from the name) a view of the course to the front and parade ring to the rear.I didn't book in advance, but you should for busier meetings and/or to get a window table.Not cheap (even just after the French government cut vat on restaurant meals to 5.5%) but very...

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Chantilly Nightlife

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    Night life

    by Toyin Updated Nov 28, 2004

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    Ordinarily, Chantilly is a very touristic town, and there is not too much activities once it is evening.

    However, if you are here with your patner, it is very romantic. The mood in the evening is very ideal for lovers.

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Chantilly Transportation

  • Beauvais Airport

    I'd used it once before, on a charter flight 20+ years ago, so I know it's small and no-where near Paris.It was convenient for my trip to Chantilly/Senlis.Two tips about it - the departure area is tiny, and even with just 2 flights leaving about the same time (and it has 4 gates) the seating can only cope with half the passengers. The rest stand or...

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  • car hire

    I booked a car with Hertz (as Ryanair's travel partner). Not the ideal experience.I had to wait in a queue for 25 minutes on arrival (early Saturday evening), whilst the sole employee struggled with those ahead of me. Then when it was my turn, she asked if I could wait 5 minutes (for some unexplained reason). One look at my face told her that was a...

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  • getting there

    I flew from Glasgow Prestwick to Paris Beauvais with Ryanair - £16 return including taxes etc.Left on time and arrived early on the way out; left 10 minutes late and arrive early on the return.Can't fault the airline at all, but see other transportation tips regarding my airport and car hire experiences.Flight time about 1 hour 20 minutes. Beauvais...

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Chantilly Local Customs

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    Francois Vatel

    by Dabs Updated Nov 23, 2011

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    The story of Francois Vatel is connected with the Chateau de Chantilly, in April 1671 Louis XIV came to the chateau for a three day visit. He was the greatest chef in France at the time (perhaps the 1st celebrity chef?) and he had to feed Louis and his entourage of some 5,000 people with little notice. Vatel is said to have committed suicide by running himself through with a sword after, among many mishaps, the fish course was late. The French certainly do take their cuisine quite seriously!

    It seems that all things that we visited in the region were somehow connected, Vatel was well known for also serving the feast for the inauguration of Nicolas Fouquet's Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte in 1661 when Fouquet was arrested.

    There is a movie made of this story, Vatel, with Gérard Depardieu playing the role of Vatel. It portrayed a slightly different theory as to the reason behind his suicide although the fish did make an appearance in the movie. And I'm guessing that Uma Thurman's character was thrown in to have an underlying love story. Part of the movie was filmed at Chantilly but most of the main shots of the chateau appeared to be Vaux le Vicomte

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Chantilly Tourist Traps

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    The tourism Office

    by Toyin Written Nov 27, 2004

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    We discovered also that the office close very early. The picture you see is the Office de Tourism and you could see that it was shut.

    Unique Suggestions: It is advisable to arrive in good time in order to have optimum benefits.

    Fun Alternatives: The alternative is to check the local map of Chantilly and do it yourself. That was exactly what I did. Any way, it meant that I have to go back. Haha.

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Chantilly Off The Beaten Path

  • Watch the traffic

    I observed that the roads are very narrow and one has to be very careful, even when you are taking a walk. The vechicles seems to move very fast and there are very few space for people that are walking. This may be because we arrived here when majority of tourists were hurrying out and back to Paris.

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  • Wallabies

    At the far end of the park in a north east (ish) direction from the Chateau is a relatively new attraction, a wallabie enclosure in a corner of a large field. There must have been about 15 wallabies here. I actually felt considering the size of the field they could have made their enclosure much bigger. Its about a 20 minute stroll from the...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Chantilly Sports & Outdoors

  • Champ de Course

    The racecourse at Chantilly is one of the most famous in France. It must certainly have the most beautiful surroundings! The racecourse was created in 1834. Throughout the summer there are various prestigious and local races going on here, check out their website for uptodate information.

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  • Hippodrome de Chantilly

    Chantilly is (for those not "in the know") one of France's (and the world's) premier horse racing venues.It is also an equestrian centre generally - the Grandes Ecuries form part of the Chateau. The course is spectacular, with the horses running past both buildings on their way to the finishing straight.I chose the meeting for the €400,000 Prix...

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  • Sport of Kings, Ducs and Sheikhs

    This is the center for pure-blood (racehorse) training in France. It is where the first dirt track was built and has heavily attended week-end races in mid-June. It is the training and stabling area for over 3,000 race horses and 1,000 apprentice training riders (called lads in both French and British parlance. boys in the US). There are miles of...

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Chantilly General

  • Cool and peaceful atmosphere

    What we experience is an opportunity to be distance from the stress of the city and have the opportunity to reflect.

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  • Architecture

    Both the external and internal architecture and design of the Chateau at Chantilly is beautiful. I think is mish mash of additions over the centuries has enhanced the character. Maybe controversially the French Revolution was not such a bad thing for Chantilly as new life has been brought in to the buildings over the last 120 years. With many works...

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  • Spooky Candle Holders

    I loved these arms which appeared to be coming through the wall in the The Galerie des Cerfs ( Deer Gallery). They were a mix of being comical & spooky! There are large hunting tapestry's in this great hall.A bit of usless information is the Disney film the Three Musketeers with Micky, Donald, Goofy & co is based in Chantilly Chateau, it is...

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