Visit the entire Domain of Chantilly at your leisure: 7,800 hectares located in one of the largest forests near Paris. The domain is made up of the château and its Condé museum, the grounds and their gardens, and the Great Stables and Museum of the Horse.
Partly destroyed during the French Revolution, the château was rebuilt by the first owner of the domain, Henri d’Orléans, Duke of Aumale (1822-1897). This prince, considered the greatest collector of his time, made Chantilly a showcase for his innumerable masterpieces and precious manuscripts.
Down through the centuries, to this day, the château remains just as it was in 1886, when the Duke of Aumale bequeathed it to the Institut de France. A visit to the domain is the perfect opportunity to take a journey back in time to the heart of a princely residence.
The Duke of Aumale chose the name “Condé Museum” in honour of his illustrious predecessors, the Princes of Condé.
Overall duration of the visit: 90 minutes
Recommended ticket(s): Domain ticket or Domain + Show ticket
The museum houses almost 800 paintings, of which 550 are on permanent exhibition, hung in the traditional 19th century style. The collection allows visitors to discover masterpieces by Poussin, Watteau, Ingres, Géricault and Delacroix. Major works of art history are exhibited here, such as The Three Graces by Raphael and The Massacre of the Innocents by Poussin.
The large suites were used as reception rooms by the princes of Bourbon-Condé. They are a wonderful example of the ceremonial decors in vogue during the 18th century and feature a broad range of decorative arts, furniture and old master paintings.
These rooms, most of which were pillaged during the French Revolution, were redesigned in the 19th century by the Duke of Aumale, who collected, acquired or inherited decorative art objects and precious furniture from the royal family or from royal residences in order to recreate the pomp and splendour from the time of the princes of Condé.
Audioguides: Included in the Domain ticket, audioguides (available in French, English, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese) are a fun way to discover the Condé Museum. Supplementary booking (subject to availability).
Tour Guides: The right to speak is authorised but regulated for qualified tour guides and interpretive guides on presentation of a professional card issued by the French ministries of Tourism or Culture. The domain tour guide service is available for a supplementary rate.
The Domain of Chantilly’s vast grounds (115 hectares), with their three different gardens offering a unique example of the history of Western gardens, are the perfect place for a leisurely stroll.
Overall duration of visit: 2 hours
Recommended ticket(s): Grounds, Domain or Domain + Show
Designed at the end of the 17th century, the large French flowerbed in Chantilly offers the most spectacular views of the visit. It features vast water mirrors reflecting the sky, numerous sprays and fountains and an exceptional collection of statues. Of all the gardens he designed, Chantilly was André Le Nôtre’s favourite.
The 18th century Anglo-Chinese garden houses the Hamlet, made up of five rustic style houses, which served as the model for Marie-Antoinette’s hamlet in the Petit Trianon in Versailles.
Located between the château and the Great Stables in the 19th century, the English garden offers the ideal setting for a romantic stroll, with its temple of Venus and “island of love” bordered by fountains. Home to swans and water fowl that nest in its many islands, this garden also contains a large water fall designed by André Le Nôtre: the Beauvais Waterfall.
The mini train (35 minutes):
Supplementary rate, booking necessary.
Discover the treasures of the Domain of Chantilly’s grounds effortlessly…
From April to end of October. The mini train departs every hour (from 11 am to 6 pm).
Tour Guides: The right to speak is authorised but regulated for qualified tour guides and interpretive guides on presentation of a professional card issued by the French ministries of Tourism or Culture. The domain tour guide service is available for a supplementary rate, booking necessary
Built in the 18th century by the architect Jean Aubert for Louis-Henri de Bourbon, Prince of Condé, the Great Stables rank among the largest in Europe. They are home to approximately thirty horses of various breeds.
Overall duration of visit: 70 minutes
Recommended ticket(s): Domain or Domain + Show
Located at the heart of the Great Stables, the Museum of the Horse recounts the importance of the relationship between horses and men since the beginning of civilisation via major themes such as hunting, technical progress, war, sport and leisure activities.
With a surface area of over 600 m2, the museum exhibits 200 objects and works of art in 15 rooms around the Cour des Remises.
Beneath the dome of the Great Stables, the riders and their magnificent horses and ponies present the dressage work and preparation for the equestrian shows at 11 am and/or 2.30 pm according to the programme. Duration: 30 minutes. Contact us for timetables.
Tour Guides: The right to speak is authorised but regulated for qualified tour guides and interpretive guides on presentation of a professional card issued by the French ministries of Tourism or Culture. The domain tour guide service is available for a supplementary rate, booking necessary.