Are you looking to go on a nice day out with your family and fancy going somewhere other than Disneyland? Then why not try a trip to Thoiry? It’s home to the magnificent Château de Thoiry and its gardens, as well as the Thoiry Safari Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in Europe.
About the Thoiry zoo
Located in the Yvelines, around 50 km west of Paris, the zoo covers 150 hectares and houses 81 different species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
You can go on safari in your own car and drive through the glass tunnels surrounded by lions, where you can also discover rare species such as the Siberian tiger, the snow leopard and the Komodo dragon.
A trip to Thoiry is a great idea for a fun day out with the kids! Make sure to save some time to explore the beautiful Château de Thoiry, which dates back to the 16th century and is lavishly decorated with paintings, furniture and tapestries.
Address: Château et parc zoologique de Thoiry, rue Pavillon de Montreuil, 78770, Thoiry
Hours: Depending on the time of year (closed from mid-November to February)
Price: €29 for adults, €23 for children
By car: Take the A13 road from Port d’Auteuil. At the A13 junction, take the highway A12 then N12 towards Dreux. Take the exit Thoiry, follow the D76 then D11 in the direction of Thoiry.
By bus: From April 24th to October 2nd there is a weekly shuttle from Gare de Montfort l’Amaury to the wildlife preserve.
Find further information, including schedules and transport, on the Thoiry official website.
Make sure to plan your trip beforehand. Please note that you can only visit the Safari in your car!