Paris Day Trip: Château de Sceaux

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So you’re looking for a Paris day trip? The Château de Sceaux is one of the lesser known castles in Paris yet is so breathtakingly beautiful that we thought it time to change that. It’s conveniently located and can be reached in less than 30 minutes from central Paris and being so close you needn’t dedicate a whole day but could easily get away with giving up only an afternoon of your precious time in Paris to this castle.

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The castle

The château de Sceaux is a grand country house, it differs from other castles in that it invites and welcomes you in rather than overwhelms you. It has an intimate and cosy feel for a castle yet is no less grand once you enter its doors. After all it was grand enough for Louis XI to come and dine here in the 15th century.


The grounds

The grounds were designed by Le Nôtre; the landscape architect who designed the gardens at Versailles and they are worth a visit in their own right. They are expansive and contain within them an orangery, a lake and a canal. The views from the gardens are breathtaking and span across the entire grounds stretching out to the surrounding landscape.

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The interior

The interior of the castle is the prettiest I’ve ever seen, but that is perhaps because it matches my own aesthetic so perfectly. The downstairs is a multitude of pastel hues with highlights of mint green, pink and gold. Upstairs looks more like a traditional castle with deep reds and showcases pieces of art from the castle’s collection.

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The highlights

There are plenty of rewards for all explorers of the grounds from the views to the orangery to the beautiful Pavillon de l’Aurore. This Italianesque pavilion is a must visit not only for its stunning exterior but also for its equally stunning interior and dome ceiling painted by Le Brun.

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Best time to go

Whilst the grounds are beautiful any time of year, spring and summer are the most prolific seasons. The best month to go is May when the cherry blossom trees are in full bloom.

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How to get there

The castle is easily accessible by car, taxi, bus or train but the most convenient way to get there is by taking RER B which links many central Paris stations to the Sceaux station which is then a 5 minute walk to the castle.

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Opening times

As with most of France’s castles, the opening times vary depending on the time of year so take a look on the website here to find out.

Photography and words by Faye Bullock

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    September 21, 2015 at 5:18 am

    What a great recommendation! I had no idea about this castle – will definitely remember to visit it on my next trip to Paris!

    September 10, 2015 at 5:20 am

    This looks so so sooo amazing! My love for princess stuff will never die 😉 With love from Carmen

    Maddy @ Travel Alphas
    September 9, 2015 at 2:34 am

    This looks like an incredible day trip! I just booked my third day trip to Paris yesterday and I could not be more excited! This castle might just have to make it into my agenda… Thanks for sharing!

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    Leonie Parker
    September 7, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    I’m in Love. How beautiful!!

    Leonie ♥

    September 7, 2015 at 10:47 am

    This castle is absolutely beautiful! All of the pictures look perfect and straight out of a movie, haha 🙂


    Elizabeth Rebecca
    September 7, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Such a gorgeous place to go to – I’m heading to Paris next year and this is now on my list.

    September 7, 2015 at 4:30 am

    This is beautiful, and your photos are fantastic, Brooke. I’m longing to go to Paris, this will definitely be a stop I make when I’m there.

    September 7, 2015 at 2:48 am

    this is so awesome! Gorgeous pictures. I dream of paris and can not wait to get there someday!!!

    September 7, 2015 at 1:50 am

    holy crap scrolling through this post my mouth just dropped open, this is so beautiful!! If I ever go to Paris I am definitely visiting this place I am so in awe omg

    September 7, 2015 at 12:09 am

    I’ve been to Paris before, but I didn’t explore as much as I should’ve. This place looks gorgeous – added to the list of places that I NEED to see!

    Laura Mareno
    September 6, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    OMG! It’s absolutely beautiful! I want to go to Paris so bad! kisses!

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    September 6, 2015 at 10:13 am

    What a gorgeous location! Sounds like it’s pretty easy to get there from Paris too which makes it an excellent day trip!

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    September 6, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Gorgeous! Especially the interior.

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    September 6, 2015 at 9:15 am


    Definitely one of the place I need to visit one day!

    Growing Positive
    September 6, 2015 at 9:03 am

    The castle looks absolutely stunning. It looks so cosy like you said, rather than intimidating. Definitely worth a visit next time I’m in Paris

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