I am very happy that I’ll be able to vist Giverny and Monet’s famous house and garden on this trip to Paris. The house and garden aren’t open in winter so I’ve never been. My preference is to catch the train from Paris and take a whole day to enjoy the journey into Normandy, rather than going on one of a plethora of half-day tours. The waterlilies aren’t in flower in October — it’s the season for dahlias — but I believe the gardens are lovely in any season. The Garden Calendar is here.
Giverny Monet’s House in the Garden
You can get to Monet’s garden by train ( 45 minutes) from Paris’s Gare Saint-Lazare (on the Paris-Rouen-Le Havre line). Shuttle buses meet the train at Vernon, the station for Giverny. Vernon to Giverny Shuttle Bus Timetable is here. The most accessible website for finding journeys by public transport is this one: Trip Planner. I used it all the time and it helped plan diversionary routes when, for example, there were stoppages/delays on a metro line.
Monet’s house and garden are at 84 Rue Claude Monet, Giverny. The official website is found here: Giverny Monet Official Website, and gives comprehensive information under headings like Monet biography and Monet in Venice.
In 2017, the garden is open from March 24 until November 1, from 9.30am until 6pm each day. So you can see it in Spring, Summer and Autumn, but not over the Winter period.
Adult and seniors: €10.20
Children and students: €7.20 (7-12 years); free under 7
- E-Ticket management fees: 1.45 euros per order
The fee includes entry to both house and garden.
Hint: Book tickets online from home to avoid long queues especially in peak season. There’s an English language version.
There are many companies offering tours to Giverny. Some combine visits to other places like Versailles or Van Gogh’s last home at Auvers-sur-Oise. The prices are high and differ so research is key, and reading reviews.
The Cape Tourism website is a good one. It describes the various towns in the area and the attractions of each.