Visiting the parks and gardens of Paris is a wonderful way to enjoy the city for free. Tuileries Gardens (Jardin des Tuileries) is among the city’s most famous public gardens. Located in the center of one of the most touristic areas of Paris, the Tuileries Gardens is the perfect place to rest after a day of sightseeing. The garden is nestled between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde and is just minutes away from a number of other famous sites such as the Palais Royal, the Musée de l’Orangerie and the Petit and Grand Palais, two art museums built in preparation for the Universal Exposition of 1900.
Today, roughly 14 million visitors come to Tuileries Gardens each year. It has become well-known as a hot spot for Paris Fashion Week and a popular location for warm weather lounging. Still, vestiges of the garden’s rich history remain. The name tuileries comes from the fact that the garden was built on a historical tile production site (tuile is the French word for “tile”). Since it was created in 1564, Tuileries Gardens has had an iconic place in French history, from its evolution under the rule of different French monarchs to its transformation into a public park after the French Revolution.
To learn more about the history of the Tuileries Gardens, take part in one of the free guided tours of the garden organized between April 1st and November 1st. Tours are only available in French.