Parc de la Villette, la Folie escalier, Paris 2011

La Villette Park

One of the city’s largest green spaces, the Parc de la Villette is an oasis populated by many cultural spaces. A paradise for outdoor activities, in the heart of Paris.

  1. What to see and do
  2. Gardens and outdoor leisure
  3. Parks and gardens
  4. La Villette Park


Description

A veritable city within a city in the north of Paris, the Parc de la Villette, with its 55 hectares of green space intersected by the Canal de l’Ourcq is a popular destination for Parisians and tourists of all ages. This unique place is perfect for picnicking on its huge lawns, playing ball, or enjoying one of the many contemporary cultural activities on offer, from theatre to the circus.

Built in the 1980s on the site of the former La Villette slaughterhouses, this architectural project was surprisingly audacious. The architect Bernard Tschumi deconstructed traditional urban organisation in favour of architectural follies — cubic buildings scattered throughout the park — that have become the signature of this astonishing place.

Nature and architecture

The numerous playgrounds, gardens, rides, and children’s workshops at Little Villette and the Cité des Enfants make La Villette a kingdom for curious adventurers, who can play, run free, explore the sciences and enjoy an exceptional movie experience on the giant screen of the Géode.

In the evening, the park becomes a paradise for music lovers with its 4 concert halls, the Zénith, the Trabendo, the Cabaret Sauvage and the Philharmonie de Paris. In summer, do not miss the Jazz à la Villette festival or the outdoor cinema programme.

Discover the Grande Halle de la Villette, a cultural centre of glass and iron.

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Community facilities

Access and contact

211 Avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris 19ème

METRO : Line 5 - Porte de Pantin Line 7 - Porte de la Villette
BUS : Lines 75, 151 – Porte de Pantin Lines 139, 150, 152 – Porte de la Villette
TRAM : Line 3b – Porte de Pantin, Ella Fitzgerald or Porte de la Villette The Parc de La Villette is an open area with free access
It is strongly recommanded to come to La Villette with public tranports

Days and opening hours

All year round, daily. Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day - schedules of shows, events and activities according to the programme on lavillette.com.

Prices

  • Free

Facility

  • Play area
  • Picnic area
  • Bar
  • Entertainments room

Services

  • Wi-fi

Activities

  • Activity
  • Children's entertainment
  • Concert
  • Temporary exhibition
  • Shows

Tour

Spoken languages

  • French

Guided tour languages

  • English
  • French

Bulletin board languages

  • English
  • French
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