A two-day break
The Château de Chantilly is a real draw to this area. Located in the middle of a lake the château offers genuine insight into the lives of the Condé family, not to mention the Condé museum which offers an impressive collection of paintings. The Living Horse Museum, founded by Yves Bienaimé in the late 1900s, has become one of the biggest and most striking museums of its kind and is an absolute must for horse lovers.
A week-long stay:
Skirting the forest and also being close to the gates of the château, remaining on the horse theme Chantilly’s Hippodrome is a marvellous place to visit. The Cathédrale Notre-Dame was renovated after the fire in 1504 and this re-birth gave it the look it boasts today. Meanwhile, the Great Stables again rekindle the horse theme and this testament to Chantilly dates back to the 18th century.
A family holiday:
Based on the heroes of the famous comic strip, the Parc Asterix was opened in 1989 and there are themed areas based on the Middle Ages, Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, each offering sources of fun and entertainment. The Princes’ Kitchen Garden is great for family fun, with a rabbit’s racecourse, or ‘Lapinodrome’, and every afternoon rabbits race around a wild obstacle race. With more animals and birds further around the park, it offers great fun for the whole family.