Castle, museums & monuments

Zoo Safari de Thoiry

La Serre aux Papillons

Le Château de Rambouillet

Cueillette à la Ferme de Gally

Le Château de Breteuil

Musée de la Batellerie

Thoiry Safari Zoo (13 km)

A must-see in the area, for a life-size safari. This reserve, home to many wild animals, can be visited in its own vehicle and offers unexpected encounters; a play area in the trees has been added to this beautiful stage, as well as various Snacks.


The Serre aux Papillons in La Queue lez Yvelines (12 km)

Huge aviary of exotic butterflies in a lush equatorial jungle. 


Château d’Anet (19 km)

Considered a jewel of the Renaissance, with the tomb of Diane de Poitiers.


Rambouillet (30 km)

Castle, national sheepfold, national stud farm, Espace Rambouillet animal park, national forest…


France miniatures in Elancourt (31 km)

Miniature monuments and theme parks.


Versailles (40 km)

Inexhaustible cultural wealth with its illustrious castle, town center, antique shops and typical markets (train journey possible from Houdan or Richebourg-Tacoignières stations).


Ferme de Gally in Saint-Cyr-l’Ecole (35 km)

Cueilllette – Educational farm – Farm products – Garden center


Château de Breteuil (46 km)

Le Château des Contes de Perrault – Guided tours


Château de St germain en Laye (50 km) and its international museum of archaeology

Former residence of the kings of France


Musée de la Batellerie et des voies navigables in Conflans Ste Honorine (55 km)

Immerse yourself in the life of a sailor!


Jean Monnet House Museum, Bazoches-sur-Guyonne (20 km)

Home to Jean Monnet, one of the main founders of the European Union.


Towns & Villages


La Cathédrale de Chartres

Le Château de la Madeleine en Vallée de Chevreuse

Houdan and the Houdan region

The Donjon, the church of St Jacques and St Georges and the great organ, classified as a “Monument historique” since 1927, the town center with its half-timbered houses, the bowling alley and the swimming pool.


Dreux (15 km)

The Chapelle Royale, the belfry, city walks, Art and History Museum…


Montfort l’Amaury (16 km)

A small medieval town, with cobblestone streets, a church with an exceptional collection of 16th-century stained glass windows, a former mass grave, the ruins of the medieval château of the Counts of Montfort, the Tour d’Anne de Bretagne and the Maurice Ravel house-museum.


Chartres (60 km)

Its Cathedral and its enchanting light show, its stained glass museum, its pedestrianized city center, its walks along the banks of the Eure river.


Giverny (43 km)

Town of impressionist painter Claude Monet with his House and Gardens.


La Roche-Guyon (40 km)

Its castle and troglodyte dwellings, walks along the banks of the Seine


Haute Vallée de Chevreuse Regional Nature Park (44 km)

Charming villages, castles, parks and gardens, riverside walks, nature activities…


Paris, the capital (63 km)

Its tourist appeal is well established…
You can travel by train from Houdan station or Richebourg-Tacoignières station.


Lyons la Forêt in Normandie (84 km)

Classified as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”, its forest estate is currently one of the most beautiful “cathedral” beech forests in Europe.

Pays Houdanais Tourism Office

Yvelines Departmental Council