Thoiry Zoo Safari

  • Recreational activities
  • Zoo - animal park

Less than an hour from Paris, this 16th-century château and its 150-hectare park are home to a thousand animals and offer a break from the norm.

At Thoiry, you will find:

  • A castle: The furnished rooms tell the story of its famous residents, such as Machault of Arnouville, naval minister of Louis XV. Costumed guides lead the tours and regale you with family anecdotes. A booklet with puzzles makes the tour fun for younger visitors.

  • Remarkable gardens: Autumn garden, perfume garden, rose garden, French flowerbeds, English garden... Thousands of trees and flowering plants bloom with the seasons and captivate you with their colours and scents.

  • A zoo and African reserve: Zebras, giraffes, elephants, bison, bears and lions... The animals roam freely through the African reserve. Thoiry Park lets you admire these wild animals in an unusual way – you drive around the pathways like you're on safari! A little further away but still within the Thoiry site, the zoo is home to even more animals, which you can view in their vast enclosure from walkways and glass tunnels. Help to feed the wolves and tigers every day at 16:00.

  • Activities: Children will take away unforgettable memories from the mini-farm and the interactive maze. And not forgetting the Mysterious Island adventure trail – a giant rabbit warren with sound effects and a large climbing frame with slides.

  • L'arche des petites bêtes :This new conservation centre for small endangered animals spanning 500 m² is home to several invertebrate and amphibian species which are close to extinction.


  • Suitable for everyone.

  • The biggest plant maze in France.

  • The zoo: The safari and animal reserve.

Note: Educational and ecological games in the park, talking trees in the gardens, animal feeding.

Facilities and services:

  • Admission ticket for the African reserve, the park and the château

  • Free parking

  • Gift shops Self-service and table-service restaurant for groups

  • Picnic areas

  • Fun activities: play areas, maze, teaching cabins.

Events and entertainment:

  • Venue hire: seminars, receptions and business events

  • Educational workshops: tours and workshops in the château and the park for school groups

  • Special tour: Tour and tasting in the château

  • Children's birthdays (6–12 years)

Ecology commitment :

Being conscious of the fact that protecting endangered species is inextricably linked to protecting the environment, Thoiry Château and Park has been committed to a sustainable development policy for several years. The site has its own environment department in order to be able to implement its environmental policy.

The role of this department is to establish a programme of ecological practices and ensure this is implemented, whilst raising awareness of environmental issues among staff and visitors.

Opening and closing times

From 01/01 to 31/05, daily between 10 am and 5.30 pm. Park closing time at 17:00 or 18:00 between april and June depending on dates.

Closed on Monday and Tuesday in February and March.

From 01/06 to 31/08, daily between 10 am and 6.30 pm.

From 01/09 to 31/12, daily between 10 am and 5.30 pm. Closed exceptionally on December 25th.


Group adults: 20.50 €
Group children (3-11 years): 13 €.

Free entry for children < 3 years.
Group rate available for > 25 people.

From 01/06 to 31/08/2021
Adult: 30 €
Child : 24 €
Disabled: 16 €.

From 01/09 to 31/12/2021
Adult: 30 €
Child : 24 €
Disabled: 16 €.

From 01/01 to 31/05/2022
Adult: 30 €
Child : 24 €
Disabled: 16 €.

Free entry for children < 3 years.
Child entry valid for 3 - 11 years.
Group rate available for > 25 people.

Payment methods accepted

  • Bank/credit card
  • Check
  • Travellers Cheque
  • Cash


Types of customers

  • Children


  • Minimum number of people : 25


  • Animals accepted

Additional information

  • For individuals: Le Jardin d'Hiver self-service restaurant, open daily 12:00 – 15:00. Open-air and covered picnic areas available.
  • For groups: Have lunch in the lovely setting of Le Jardin d'Hiver either in the restaurant or on the terrace. Only for groups of 20+ people. Booking required 3 weeks in advance, subject to availability.


Types of visits available

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently

Services and facilities


  • Sustainable development


  • Restaurant
  • Self service


Spoken languages

  • French

Documentation languages

  • English
  • French

Languages of educational signs

  • English
  • French


  • Hearing disability
  • Mental disability
  • Visual disability
  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
  • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
  • Reception staff sensitized to the reception of people with disabilities


Plan your route


Contact information

Your contacts

Informations & Group reservations

  • Mr and Mrs Contact réservation groupe réservation groupe Booking
  • +33 (0) 1 34 87 53 76

Welcoming & private events at the castle

Informations and group reservation


  • For Groups :
    Reservation required
    Réservation deadline : 21 days minimum before date of the visit.