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France Sightseeing, Attractions & Activities Guide

recommended places to visit and things to do throughout France


Walt Disney Studios Park

Disneyland Resort Paris

  • film/tv location
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  • family-friendly
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  • all-weather attraction
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  • open year round
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  • visitor centre
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  • film
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  • TV

dedicated to the world of cinema, discover the secrets of filming and animation. Become a hero in a film, ride the tram to Catastrophe Canyon and take a spin in the famous Cars from the movie

Arc de Triomphe

Paris 8

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  • family-friendly
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  • open year round
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  • architecture
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commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon to celebrate his victories, taking thirty years to build, finally completed in 1836. Visitors can climb steps to the top where there is a viewing platform

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  • needlecraft

the story of this world famous tapestry is cleverly told and the tapestry itself well-displayed, so that adults and children alike can view it easily. Vividly unfolding the action packed scenes culminating in the famous Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Disney Village

Disneyland Resort Paris

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with continual entertainment, shops, bars, and restaurants. The area comes to life in the evenings when the streets are filled with entertainers such as jugglers, musicians and acrobats.

Disneyland® Park

Disneyland Resort Paris

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  • toys & models

Disneyland® Park is one of two in the famous Disneyland® Resort Paris. It is spread over 135 acres and comprises five themed territories. Experience the story book world of Disneyland® Park, watch a parade and meet the character

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  • free admission
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  • open year round
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  • art
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  • walking

situated outdoors on the banks of the Seine, this unremarkable collection was founded in 1980 and is devoted to modern sculpture, mainly of the period since World War II

Musée Grévin

Paris 9

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  • music
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  • TV

containing great period scenes of historic French war figures, as well as actors, singers and cartoon characters, this waxwork museum, founded in 1882, is now a Paris landmark on a par with Madame Tussauds in London

Océanopolis

Brest

  • aquarium
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  • nature
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Much more than an aquarium, more of a space age aquatic world with three pavilions containing polar, tropical and temperate ecosystems and many interactive displays

Cité de la Mer

Cherbourg

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Set in the Art Deco Gare Maritime Transatlantique, this excellent aquarium houses Europe's deepest fish tank and includes a display of submersibles used in deep sea exploration

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  • free admission
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  • nature
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  • walking

covering 25 acres with a long, rectangular ornamental pool, bordered by stone and bronze-gilt statues with the Eiffel Tower close by.

Mont St-Michel

Pontorson

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  • family-friendly
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  • open year round
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  • limited opening
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  • guided tours
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  • architecture
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  • religion
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there is much to see here including the architecturally stunning Abbey, the famous cloisters with double row of delicately carved pillars, the 13th century dining hall and one of the oldest rooms, the underground Lady Chapel

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  • history
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  • World War II

an excellent introduction to the Battle of Normandy with a 25 minute video screened in French and English with well chosen exhibits including personal accounts, photos and wartime objects

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  • open year round
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  • Battle of Britain

the largest of the 18 Commonwealth military cemeteries containing nearly 5 thousand graves of British soldiers and 10 other countries. Across the road is a memorial to the 1807 Commonwealth soldiers whose remains were never found

Cinéaqua

Paris 16

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with over 13,000 fishes and invertebrates, sharks, jellyfish and 700 coral colonies, this is a marvel for all the family

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  • history
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  • maritime heritage
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bringing the city's long association with fishing and maritime heritage to life with interactive children friendly displays and a fish petting pool. The sea creatures here are native to the English Channel and swim in dozens of aquaria

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  • virtual tours
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  • science

set within the Champs Libres, this interactive space also boasts a planetarium, temporary exhibition space and a library with lots to entertain the children

Grand Aquarium

Saint Malo

  • aquarium
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with a simulated descent aboard an underwater submarine and a touch pool where children can fondle rays and turbots, there are also excellent exhibits on local marine life, tropical reefs and mangrove forests

Grand Palais

Paris 8

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an imposing, classical façade and Art Nouveau ironwork and housing a continuous programme of temporary exhibitions

  • historic house
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with displays in French and English, this is where Jules Verne wrote many of this famous novels outlining his vision of the future with models, prints and posters. When going round the world in 80 days seemed impossible

Ménagerie

Paris 5

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France's oldest public zoo is situated in the lovely surroundings of the Jardin des Plantes. It was set up during the Revolution to house survivors for the Royal menagerie at Versailles - all four of them

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