As well as a beautiful château, the Parc de Thoiry houses one of Europe's first animal reserves and a 2300-metre long maze. Make a day of it and follow the long safari park trail, accessible only by car, to see zebras rub their noses over your windscreen and bears amble down tracks. In the adjoining zoo, rarities include Siberian lynx and Tonkean macaques. In the afternoon, stroll through the sculpted gardens to the château, where period rooms are filled with furniture from the 16th to the 20th centuries.
|Venue name:||Parc de Thoiry|
Rue du Pavillon de Montreuil
|Opening hours:||times vary, see website for details|
|Transport:||Paris Vision runs a shuttle bus from Paris (from Tuileries métro) to the park (01.42.60.30.01/www.pariscityvision.com - reservations required); or drive 35mins from Paris (Porte d'Auteuil) via A13 and A12, taking the N12 towards Dreux then the D76 to Thoiry.|
|Price:||Safari park, park & château €27.50; €21-€25 reductions; free under-3s|