Louvre Gardens

Discover the enchanting Louvre Gardens, a green oasis in the heart of Paris, blending nature’s beauty with artistic charm for a delightful escape.

The Louvre Palace would not be complete without the Louvre gardens, which are, according to the Louvre itself, “A breath of fresh air in the heart of Paris.”

Between the city’s bustling energy and the heart-stopping wonder of the art within the museum, the Tuileries Garden is an escape into serenity and calm.

Meticulously landscaped into green havens, the Louvre Park is no stranger to visitors who want to pause, reflect, and appreciate nature’s embrace within this cultural epicentre.

Jardin des Tuileries

History of the Louvre Gardens

The Carrousel Entrance is open to all visitors, including Disabled visitors, those with tickets or membership cards, and groups. At 99 Rue de Rivoli, this Louvre entrance has direct access from the Metro Lines, making the transport part of the process far easier (and much more friendly on rainy days!).

Placed adjacent to the Louvre, the Tuileries Garden holds much historical significance, dating back to the 16th century. It was commissioned by Queen Catherine de’ Medici in 1564 and served as a perfect accompaniment to the Palace.

For more than a hundred years (till 1667), it was purely a royal destination, but after the French Revolution, it stood out as a public park open to any visitor and has remained so ever since.

The architect, Bernard de Carnesse, was from Florence and set out to create an Italian Renaissance garden, enclosed with five hundred by three hundred metres and divided into rectangular sections.

However, history notes that this garden still needs to be completed. It was interrupted by a brutal civil war where the Tuileries Garden was pillaged and not set to rights until the return of the new King Henry IV and his Landscaper Claude Mollet.

Countless other renovations and changes to the garden took place under the reign of various kings and rulers. Still, regarding what it contains, this Louvre Park has maintained a natural beauty that remains with it today.

Of the endless elements that make this garden what it is, various unforgettable features must be highlighted:

  • The first section is the Jardin du Carrousel, which has a long and rich history but culminates in the fact that it was majorly used as a parade ground, with the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel as the main attraction. The terrace between the Carrousel and the rest of the Tuileries Garden was made into a road after the Palace burned down. Another feature is the moat, which, since 1994, is decorated with statues.

  • The second section is the Grand Carré (Large Square), located in the east part of the Tuileries Garden, which is relatively open. The plans for this section, still followed in detail, were made by André Le Nôtre in the 1600s. It also hosts many statues and sculptures put in place mostly since the 19th century, such as ‘Nymphe’ by Louis Auguste Lévêque and ‘Tigre terrassant un crocodile’ by Auguste Cain, alongside countless others.

  • Then we have the Grande Allée and Grand Couvert, of which the Couvert is a central section of the garden covered with trees divided by the Allée, i.e., the wide path. You can also find various cafes at this location.

  • The Esplanade des Feuillants is the fourth feature, which refers to a wide pathway parallel to the terrace alongside the Rue de Rivoli on the north end of the Tuileries Garden. Again, by André Le Nôtre, this was created in the 17th century.

  • Finally, we have the Octagonal Basin and entrance to the place de la Concorde, where the architecture and the grill of the gateway were created by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in 1757. It boasts a rich history during the French Restoration. It is also home to statues installed around the octagonal basin: Julius Caesar, Hannibal, Agrippina-Plotine, allegorical works depicting the four seasons, and more.
Poeple in Jardin des Tuileries
sculpture in the louvre gardens

Activities in the Tuileries Garden

Activities for Children

A basic play area to the North of the garden is available, but if you want something a little more challenging for your child, consider allowing them to play with ‘Little Boats,’ where they navigate their colourful boat across the lake. This option is €4 per rental. Other options include the Carrousel and Trampolines.

Events For Children

For a little more fun and to make it worth all the more for your children, you can refer to the Tuileries Garden treasure hunt which is both educational and interesting and will navigate you through the entire wondrous journey of the Louvre Gardens.

Restaurants at the Gardens

If you’re up for relaxation and food simultaneously, don’t hesitate to check out the various restaurants at Louvre Gardens. Whether you head to the Terrasse de Pomone, the Pavillon Des Tuileries, or any of the other options you have, you won’t be disappointed.

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