20 daytrips from Paris

Most of these 20 daytrips from Paris include an optional country or riverside walk, often to a different station, and at least one other attraction, such as a concert, boat trip, restaurant, market or offbeat museum.
This is an attempt to classify them by what might be your main reason for going: riverside restaurants, châteaux, châteaux-museums, writers’ and artists’ houses and historic towns and buildings.

Riverside restaurants

Conflans Sainte Honorine
Traditional restaurant on an island accessed by speedboat
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Villeneuve Triage
Guinguette (riverside restaurant with accordion music and dancing)
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Ile du Martin-Pêcheur
Popular island guinguette accessed by footbridge
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Créteil
Restaurant on one of several small islands linked by footbridges
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Poissy
Long-established riverside restaurant, favoured by the Impressionists and their writer friends
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Châteaux

Champs sur Marne
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Robert Beckett

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madame de Pompadour’s elegant château and park,
close to the former Menier chocolate factory on the River Marne
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Rambouillet
14C château, a former royal and presidential residence, loathed by Marie Antoinette, cherished by Napoleon, set in a large landscaped park à l’anglaise
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Châteaux-Museums

Chantilly
Grand Renaissance-style château, housing the Condé Museum in a park designed by Le Nôtre, surrounded by forest. The collections include medieval and Renaissance paintings
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Ecouen
Renaissance château housing the National Museum of the Renaissance
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in a forest setting
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Robert Beckett

Sceaux
19C château replacing the 17C original built for Colbert, housing the Museum of the Ile de France in one of Le Nôtre’s most attractive parks

 

 

 

 

20 daytrips from Paris
Robert Beckett

St Germain-en-Laye
Renaissance château, a former royal residence with grounds designed by Le Nôtre, housing the National Archaelogical Museum
 

 

 

Writers’ and artists’ houses

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Heurtelions, Wiki Creative Commons

 St Germain-en-Laye
The painter Maurice Denis’s house and garden, originally a 17C hospital endowed by Mme de Montespan, housing a collection of paintings by Denis and his Symbolist contemporaries

 

 

 

 

 

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Ray Lampard

and the Maison Claude Débussy,  now the tourist office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montfort l’Amaury
Maurice Ravel’s little house, now a museum,
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and the nearby park of the Château de Groussay with its follies, a favourite of Cecil Beaton
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François Portier

Montmorency
Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s modest house and the garden containing his isolated study, now a museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sceaux
Chateaubriand’s house at Châtenay-Malabry, now a museum, with a tea-room in the park
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Poissy
Emile Zola’s house-museum near the Seine at Médan, containing the original draft of his famous article ‘J’accuse’.
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Historic towns/buildings

La Ferté-Milon
Dominated by the magnificent ruined castle built for the Duke of Orléans around 1400, the birthplace of Jean Racine in 1639,
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with a boat stop on the Canal de l’Ourcq which flows through the town centre
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Crécy la Chapelle
A medieval town enclosed by three moats, with diminutive defensive towers and drawbridges
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and the 13C church at La Chapelle
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Royaumont
13C Cistercian Abbey founded by St Louis, now a venue for concerts
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20 daytrips from Paris
Roberta Kleiman

Provins
The capital of the Counts of Champagne in the 11C, with massive ramparts encircling the upper town, unique in Northern France

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo club de Luzarches

Luzarches
A small market town with an impressive medieval gateway and church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senlis
A former Roman town with an arena, birthplace of the Capetian monarchy in the 10C, dominated by Its 12C Cathedral
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20 daytrips from Paris
Alexh, wikipedia.fr

Moret sur Loing
An important border town in the 11C, on the River Loing enclosed by two medieval gateways, home of the Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley

 

 

 

 

Poissy
Birthplace of St Louis in 1214, riverside haunt of the Impressionists and site of the pioneering Villa Savoye built by Le Corbusier in 1929, now a museum
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Conflans Sainte Honorine
Perched above the Seine and the Oise,  a major river port which still feels like a medieval village, with an 11C defensive tower and  narrow streets descending via steps to the Seine
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‘An Hour From Paris’ Etching and lithograph in five colours, by Virginia Powell, inspired by using the book. Edition of 12.
Copyright Virginia Powell, www.virginiapowell.com
Virginia Powell etching, An Hour From Paris