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A selection of brochures for local and regional tourist attractions is available to inspire you.
Here is our selection of favourite days out:
To visit the castle of La Roche-Guyon, in the Val d'Oise, in the heart of the French Vexin Regional Natural Park, is to immerse oneself in 1000 years of civilization in one of the best preserved sites of the Ile de France. Shaped by history, from the Middle Ages to nowadays, this strange and mysterious castle marks the spirits... Leaning against the cliff that gave birth to it, dominating a loop of the Seine, it has developed over the centuries, elegantly intertwining architectural styles. Its fortified keep, curiously placed on the hill, dominates the Seine valley since the 12th century. It is connected to the lower fortress by an underground staircase.
The whole is harmoniously embedded in a green setting. Its monumental stables designed to accommodate 99 horses will charm you and its experimental vegetable and fruit garden from the Age of Enlightenment will astonish you by its structure and by the project of which it is the objective.
1 Rue de l'Audience, 95780 La Roche-Guyon
Tel: 0033 1 34 79 74 42
The château built in 1485 is one of the rare examples of the first Renaissance architecture in Normandy. It has kept its original interior features. The museum of traditions and arts of Normandy installed in the château shows a notable collection of regional furniture from the Renaissance and the 19th century.
The diversity of Normandy is depicted by exhibitions of farmhouse rooms displaying objects and testimonies of life in the 18th and 19th centuries. The top floor presents a large collection of Norman headdresses, costumes and jewels, and traditional music instruments. Multi language audio guides provided. The best value in the area. Entry around 3€.
Route du Château RN 31, 76116 Martainville-Epreville
Tél : 0033 2 35 23 44 70
On the trail of Vincent van Gogh, visit this pretty town about 40km away where you will find the house where he stayed, now open for the public to view the infamous room with a yellow chair, the various buildings and views that he painted (notably the church, the Mairie and the view over the fields from the graveyard where he now lies beside his brother, Theo. Also visit the Absinthe museum and the château where regular exhibitions on Impressionism are held.
Chemin des berthelées, 95430 Auvers-sur-Oise
Tel: 0033 1 41 57 32 19
Rue de la Sansonne, 95430 Auvers-sur-Oise
Tel: 0033 1 30 36 80 20
Musée de l'Absinthe
44 Rue Alphonse Callè, 95430 Auvers-sur-Oise
Tel: 0033 1 30 36 83 26
At 65km away, think about combining a trip to this historic town in the middle of the forest with a visit to nearby L'Isle-Adam or Senlis (see below).
The Château de Chantilly is magnificent, and the Moulin des Princes and Potager des Princes are charming attractions for adults and children alike. Or visit the golf course, horse museum and the pretty church.
7 Rue Connétable Château, 60500 Chantilly
Tel: 0033 3 44 27 31 80
Worth a visit to this town just to feel like you have taken a trip back to the middle ages. Wander around the lively, boutique-lined streets and discover the cathedral, the ancient royal palace and various museums including the museum of art and archeology.
Regular art exhibitions and special events, plus some great restaurants for lunch make this a must do.
Stop off at this attractive town to visit the Château de Stors, the Chinese pavilion – an 18th century folly – or the Louis Senlecq museum of Arts and History. Or take the time for a walk through the surrounding 1600 hectares of woods, perfect for hiking or biking! Try to find the 550 year old, 10m wide tree.
L'Isle-Adam also has the largest and oldest river beach in France. Play and relax on one hectare of fine sand and enjoy swimming too. Plus tennis lessons, crazy golf, an outdoor swimming pool, children's playgrounds, beach-volley, table tennis, row-boats, canoeing, and pedal boats on the Oise river.