Parc Monceau is a semi-public park situated in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, France, at the junction of Boulevard de Courcelles, Rue de Prony and Rue Georges Berger.
At the main entrance is a rotunda.
The park covers an area of 8.2 hectares (20.3 acres) Parc Monceau is one of the most prestigious and well known parks in Paris.
It offers curved walkways, statues of significant French figures and architectural features. After a long history Parc Monceau is a popular area for families, where children play and people can enjoy the free wireless internet as they sit and soak up the sun. Parc Monceau was established in 1769 by the Duke of Chartres, Phillipe d’Orleans .
He hired Louise Carrogis Carmontelle who landscaped the gardens for him; he wanted an English garden right in the heart of Paris.
Parc Monceau was known as Folie de Chartres and was a large 12 hectares of beautiful gardens.
It was taken as public ownership in 1793 when the Duke was executed during the French Revolution and it hosted the parachute jump in 1797.
In 1860 Paris purchased the park and sold half of it for housing, it then was made into a semi-public park in 1861.
It was 1871 when the park was where the Bloody Week took place where Versailles took the city and killed many people in the gardens. Now the Parc Monceau is known for its Wall of the Farmers-General which surrounds the 8.2 hectares of gardens with its 9 entry gates.
The garden is a wonderful tourist area with its statues, architectural features which include a Chinese Fort, an Egyptian Pyramid and even a Dutch Windmill. Whether you want somewhere for your children to run around or you are looking for a fun picnic space, Parc Monceau is the place to go.
Many tourists enjoy walking around and seeing the history of the park in its statues and architecture, while others enjoy the English and French styled gardens as they walk along with winding walkways. Whatever reason you are visiting the park, you will not be disappointed.
The Parc Monceau is open daily, bear in mind that there are private homes on the park that do have twenty four hour access. For a quite leisurely stroll or a romantic picnic with your loved one you are guaranteed to find the perfect spot to enjoy in this large walled park.
There is a children’s play area with swings and a carousel and there are stands selling all the favorite French delights including crepes, sandwiches, cool drinks and hot drinks. Once you arrive in the park you don’t have to leave, everything is available for you to have a great day out. The park is open from 7am to 8pm in the winter and 7am to 10pm in the summer, so once you arrive you are guaranteed to have a full day of excursions, sights and interesting features. There is even a waterfall in the park, the Duke of Chartres left nothing out, and he ensured that he had everything he wanted including a Roman Temple and a beautiful pond. If you are visiting Paris and want an awe inspiring day outside in the sunshine, then Parc Monceau is definitely the place you need to go.