Chantilly is a charming town in France located just a short train ride from Paris. It is well worth visiting on your next trip to the City of Lights for a number of reasons. Firstly, the town is home to the stunning Château de Chantilly, a grand castle with beautiful gardens and an impressive art collection. Secondly, the town is known for its horse racing and you can visit the prestigious Hippodrome de Chantilly to see the horses in training or attend a race. Finally, the town is surrounded by picturesque countryside, making it the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a leisurely stroll or bike ride. Overall, Chantilly offers a unique and charming experience for visitors looking to explore more of the French countryside while still being close to Paris.
How to get to Chantilly from Paris?
Chantilly is located about 50km north of Paris and is easily accessible by train. The quickest and most convenient way to get there is by taking the train (TER, also known as train express régional) from Gare du Nord, one of Paris’s main train stations. The journey takes around 30 minutes and trains run regularly throughout the day. Once you arrive at Chantilly-Gouvieux station, you can take a bus or a taxi to get to the Château de Chantilly. Alternatively, you can also rent a bike or walk to the château, as it is located only a couple of kilometres away from the station. It is recommended to check the train schedules and book the tickets in advance to avoid any inconvenience.
What to do in Chantilly to make the most out of your day trip from Paris?
Whether you’re visiting for the art at Musée Condé or to go horseback riding, there’s plenty to do in Chantilly. Here are my favourite things to have the most memorable time in this city.
Grab a bite at local shops on rue de Connétable for a French picnic
Thanks to our friend Thibault who was showing us around, we had the pleasure to discover a few great shops on the main street. First stop is Fromagerie Gilloteaux to sample all the best French cheeses and Bordier butter. Next, we stopped at IdCook, a fine grocery store with lots of prêt à manger (ready to eat) and great charcuterie, like this perfect jambon blanc (white ham). What would be a French picnic without a baguette au levain?