Forêt de Chantilly


Once a royal hunting estate, the 63-sq-km Forêt de Chantilly is criss-crossed by walking and riding trails. Long-distance trails here include the GR11, which links the Château de Chantilly with the town of Senlis; the GR1, from Luzarches (famed for its cathedral, parts of which date from the 12th century) to Ermenonville; and the GR12, which heads northeast from four lakes known as the Étangs de Commelles to the Forêt d’Halatte.

Chantilly's tourist office stocks maps and guides.

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1. Château de Chantilly

1.19 MILES

A storybook vision amid an artificial lake and magnificent gardens, the Château de Chantilly contains a superb collection of paintings within the Musée…

2. Château de Chantilly Gardens

1.37 MILES

Sprawling over 115 hectares, the wondrous gardens of the Château de Chantilly encompass the formal Jardin Français (French Garden), with flower beds,…

3. Grandes Écuries


The Grandes Écuries, built between 1719 and 1740 to house 240 horses and 400-plus hounds, stand west of the château near Chantilly’s famous hippodrome …

4. Musée Vivant du Cheval

1.41 MILES

Inside the Grandes Écuries (Grand Stables), west of the château near Chantilly's 19th-centrury hippodrome (racecourse), the Musée Vivant du Cheval's…

5. Parc Astérix


Inspired by the Gaulish comic book, this theme park 35km north of central Paris covers the whole ambit of European history, from prehistory to the 19th…

6. Senlis Museums

4.84 MILES

Senlis was a royal seat from the time of Clovis in the 5th and 6th centuries to Henri IV (r 1589–1610), and contains three small but well-formed adjacent…

7. Cathédrale de Notre Dame

4.86 MILES

Senlis' Gothic cathedral was built between 1150 and 1191. The cathedral is unusually bright, with original stained glass. The 78m-high south tower dates…

8. Basilique de St-Denis

17.56 MILES

Once one of France's most sacred sites, this basilica was built atop the tomb of St Denis, the 3rd-century martyr and alleged first bishop of Paris who…