5 things to do during the Masters of Chantilly

07 July 2021

From July 8 to 11, Chantilly will host the show jumping elite for the Masters of Chantilly, on the racecourse lawns with the famous castle as a backdrop. This unique place, located 40 minutes from the center of Paris and only 25 minutes by train from the Gare du Nord, is the perfect opportunity to combine an equestrian weekend with a cultural outing, in an exceptional green setting. Here are five good reasons to come to Chantilly this week in parallel with the Masters!

1. The Château de Chantilly  

The Château de Chantilly is one of the jewels of French heritage. It’s impossible to navigate the city without being impressed by its architecture, water features and gardens! It’s the work of Henri d'Orléans, Duke of Aumale, son of the last King of France, Louis-Philippe, who was a great collector that never ceased to pay homage to the riches of the place as well as to his predecessors throughout his life, notably to the Montmorency and the Princes of Condé. He also made it a key location with its collections of paintings, drawings and ancient books.

Photo credit: Jérôme Houyvet

After a visit inside, allow yourself to enjoy the various grounds of this estate spread over more than 100 hectares! The French-style garden offers the most dazzling views of the tour. It includes vast mirrored waters, numerous fountains and water features, and an exceptional collection of statues.

Grandes Écuries
60500 - Chantilly
From 6 to 17 EUR
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2. The Museum of the Horse

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The Museum of the Horse is housed in the Great Stables and is full of equestrian stories. Intended for all audiences, connoisseurs and novices alike, there are more than 200 items to view that span the ages. This place retraces the role of the horse during war, hunting, leisure activities and horse racing. Several themes are available, such as the history of the domestication of the horse, the different horse breeds throughout the world, and the evolution of the forms of harnessing through the centuries. The walk is enlivened by a rare collection of engraved Bohemian glass vases from the mid-19th century that illustrates the representation of the horse in art, and more specifically, the decorative arts. From July 10th, the equestrian show "du manège à la scène" will start, where young and old will discover the genesis of an equestrian show, from the horses' work to the final result.

Grandes Écuries
60500 Chantilly

From 13.5 to 17 EUR
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3. The Auberge du Jeu de Paume 

Located just a stone's throw from the Chantilly racecourse, between the Castle gardens and the Great Stables, the Auberge du Jeu de Paume can welcome you for a night or just for a meal in its exceptional setting, with discreet and subtle refinement. The establishment takes its name from the former Jeu de Paume, which today houses the paintings of the Condé Museum. To delight your taste buds, go to the restaurant "La Table du Connétable" to discover a traditional and creative menu, starred by the Michelin guide.

4 rue du Connétable
60500 - Chantilly

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4. The UGolf Forêt de Chantilly

Would you like to discover the joys of another sport during your weekend at the Masters of Chantilly? Find a moment during your stay to learn golf! Located in the heart of the Chantilly Forest and set on 72 hectares, UGolf offers different courses for all levels, from amateurs to advanced players!

4 route d’Apremont
60500 - Vineuil Saint Firmin


5. The Princes vegetable garden

Take time for a family stroll in the Princes’ vegetable garden, born from the passion and investment of Annabelle and Yves Bienaimé, who saved an urban planning project. The garden is located on the site of a former pheasantry that the Grand Condé had built in 1682. After numerous reconstruction projects, the Princes’ vegetable garden has become full of small hilly alleys with waterfalls and fountains, as well as the creation of magnificent "fabriques": a theater, a pavilion, a kiosk and, at the edge of the pond, a Greco-Roman temple that reminds you of the gallant past of pheasantry. Statues and gazebos of bronze and stone, a cave and small bridges complete the ensemble. In a village specially designed for them, the animals of the Princes' garden live a peaceful life. Numerous varieties of animals live there, such as rabbits, goats, sheep, pigs, geese and peacocks, which roam freely throughout the park.

17 rue de la Faisanderie
60500 Chantilly

From 8.5 EUR
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A bonus: The Parc Astérix 

Photo credit: A.Sobszyk 

Want to extend your weekend with a bit of madness? Venture to the heart of the Asterix theme park and experience the joys of a Gaul’s life just a few minutes from Chantilly! From enchanted walks to spine tingling thrills, attractions for young and old alike are on offer. What a great way to end your Masters of Chantilly weekend.

A1 highway direction Lille
60128 - Plailly
From 42 EUR

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Featured photo: Jérôme Houyvet