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Le Havre, eco-city

Le Havre is one of the greenest cities in France with over 700 hectares of green areas.

96 parks, gardens and squares including the 270 hectare Parc forestier de Montgeon and 150 hectare Parc de Rouelles plus 66 hectares of playgrounds, 3.5 hectares of greenhouses and allotments.

Do not miss:

The Hanging Gardens :

This incredible 17ha site overlooks the Baie de Seine and has fabulous views of the sea and port. Go through the fort's main entrance and start your visit at the top exploring the four bastions each dedicated to the great botanist explorers and their discoveries. The greenhouses are brimming with treasures: scented and aromatic plants, plants from all over the world, orchids, begonias, succulents etc.

Garden opening times

  • From April to September : daily from 10:30 to 20:00
  • From October to March : daily from 10:30 to 17:00

Free entry

Greenhouse opening times

  • From June 15th to September 30th : daily from 10:30 to 12:30 and 13:45 to 18:00
  • From October to March : Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays (except December 25th and January 1st) from 10:30 to 12:30 and 13:45 to 17:00
  • From April 1st to June 14th : Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays from 10:30 to 12:30 and 13:45 to 18:00

Price: 2 €/adult – free for under-12s.

 

Japanese garden - guided tour

2000m² to explore the plant life of the twinned ports of Le Havre and Osaka. This stunning spot is home to several iconic Japanese plant species.

Group visits available at the Grand Port Maritime du Havre

Tel: (00 33) (0)2 32 74 74 00.

 

Square Saint-Roch - self-guided tour

2 ha of English gardens in the centre.

and also:

Forêt de Montgeon - self-guided tour

200ha of woods and 30ha of lawn and meadows in the city centre. It is home to the Maison de la Forêt and a tropical 450m² greenhouse. Opening times: weekday mornings and weekend mornings and afternoons. Facilities: playground, fitness trails, rowing on lake, sports grounds etc.

Parc de Rouelles - self-guided tour

150ha of meadows, woods, gardens, lakes and marshes including 20km of walking trails. Several exhibitions are displayed at the 16th century Cauchois manor (silex and white stone) and its outhouses. At the top of the park there is an arboretum with over 200 species of deciduous tree.

Jardins de l'Hôtel de Ville - self-guided tour

2,5 ha of modern French-style gardens.

Square Holker - self-guided tour

4500m2 square (13th century Roman gate and lampposts from 1900).

Parc Hauser - self-guided tour

7000m2 woods (38 species of bird including 2 birds of prey).

Jardins du Prieuré de Graville - self-guided tour or guided tour

French-style terraced gardens and fantastic views.

Jardins de la plage - self-guided tour

Aquatic plants, boules playing fields and lawn.

Serres municipales - self-guided tour

3.5ha of greenhouses and gardens open to the general public.