Bordeaux Parks and Gardens
(Bordeaux, Gironde, Aquitaine, France)
If you like to take a stroll in tranquil, green surroundings, then Bordeaux's parks and gardens certainly have plenty to offer. These range from the vast Jardin Public and Parc Bordelais, to the smallest gardens located within many of the city's squares and along by the River Garonne.
Whether a formal garden, large landscaped area, or simply a small garden with a place to sit, Bordeaux's green spaces offer a chance to take a break from sightseeing and offer the perfect place to enjoy a lunchtime picnic. The main parks and gardens within the French city of Bordeaux are explained below.
Jardin Botanique (Botanical Gardens)
Address: Rue Gustave Carde, Bordeaux, 33100, France, FR
Tel: +33 05 56 52 18 77
Within the Jardin Publique lies the Bordeaux's Jardin Botanique. Founded in the early 17th century, Bordeaux's botanical garden has been at its present site since 1855, with additional facilities added very recently. Visitors can take a walk around its many paths, or just sit and relax. Alternatively, guided tours are on offer, as well as occasional workshops and activities for children.
Open hours: end March to end October - 08:00 to 20:00; end October to end March - 08:00 to 18:00
Address: Rue du Bocage, Bordeaux, France, FR
Set up in 1888, this 69-acre / 28-hectare park is a mixture of plants, shady groves, wooded areas and a river. There are many attractions to keep children entertained within the Parc Bordelaise, including a small animal park, swans and ducks, waterside walks, and a model train and puppet theatre.
Open hours: daily, April to May - 07:00 to 20:00; June to August - 07:00 to 21:00; September to October - 07:00 to 20:00; November to March: 07:00 to 18:00
Jardin Public and Jardin Botanique
Address: Cours de Verdun, Bordeaux, France, FR
Tel: +33 05 56 52 18 77
Close to the very centre of Bordeaux lies the city's Jardin Public, a vast area of landscaped parkland that is a popular haunt for visitors and tourists alike. The park's gardens were originally designed during the 18th-century. Destroyed in the French Revolution, they were eventually re-landscaped in the English style. Whether you choose to take a relaxing boat trip across the garden's lake, or while away some time at the children's playground, it's the perfect place to find a spot of peace and quiet without having to leave the city.
Open hours: daily, 08:30 to 18:00
Cimetière de la Chartreuse
Address: 180 Rue Georges Bonnac, Bordeaux, 33000, France, FR
Tel: +33 556 93 1720
Whilst a cemetery may not immediately spring to mind as a place for a stroll, Bordeaux's famous cemetery is certainly worth a visit. This is where the tombs of some of the city's most illustrious inhabitants can be found, including that of Gauguin's grandmother and the modern artist, Goya. The cemetery's huge 19th-century monuments are a dramatic sight amongst the greenery.
Open hours: daily, winter - 08:00 to 17:00; summer - 8:30 to 17:30
A small English-style garden at the centre of Bordeaux's Place Gambetta provides a small oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of city life. Its past has been somewhat less peaceful. This was the place where many of Bordeaux's illustrious inhabitants lost their heads during the French Revolution.
Open hours: daily