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Trips around Paris: Thoiry Safari Zoo

Would you like to have a nice day out with your family but don’t feel like facing the queues at Disneyland Paris? The Thoiry garden is home to the magnificent Castle of Thoiry and is 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 will be able to take the safari route in your own car and to 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.
 
If you are traveling with children, a trip to Thoiry will be a guaranteed success! Make sure to save time to explore the beautiful Château de Thoiry from the 16th century which abounds with sumptuous furniture, paintings and tapestries.

 

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Le Château de Thoiry

Thoiry Safari Zoo – Practical Information

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: €30 for adults, €24 for children, €28 for seniors (60+), €13 to €16 for handicapped visitors.
 

Getting there

(a) 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.
(b) 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.
 
Lodgis Tip:

Make sure to plan your trip beforehand. Please note that you can only visit the Safari in your car!