Saclay tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of Versailles Palace at 9 km from Saclay

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Saclay is situated in the Essonne department and Paris region.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Saclay in Paris.

Popular places to visit nearby include Versailles Palace at 9 km and Catacombs at 16 km.

Saclay, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace

Castle at 9 km (direction north-north-west), in the Yvelines department

A short distance outside central Paris, the Palais de Versailles is an...

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at 16 km (direction east-north-east), in the Paris department

For a different side of Paris, explore the ancient catacombs in tunnels...

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Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

at 17 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

Built in the late 19th century as a temporary monument, it is...

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Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg

Garden at 18 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

The Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the most extensive and most...

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National Monument at 18 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

The 18th century Pantheon was originally to be a church based on...

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Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

National Monument at 18 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

The Arc de Triomphe is the second largest triumphal arch in the...

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at 18 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

The Champs-Elsées, often called the most beautiful avenue in the world, is...

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Musee de l'Orangerie

Musee de l'Orangerie

Museum at 18 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

The Musee de l'Orangerie in Paris is best known for its eight...

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Jardin des Tuileries

Jardin des Tuileries

Garden at 19 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

The Jardin des Tuileries is a large park and garden near the...

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Church at 19 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

Sainte-Chapelle, on the Ile de la Cité in Paris, is an important...

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National Monument at 19 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

La Conciergerie at Paris is one of the oldest and most important...

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Notre Dame cathedral

Notre Dame cathedral

Cathedral at 19 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame, on an island in the Seine River, is...

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The Louvre

The Louvre

Museum at 19 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

The most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre contains countless...

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Eglise de la Madeleine

Eglise de la Madeleine

Church at 19 km (direction north-east), in the Paris department

The Eglise de la Madeleine is a most unusual church, being built...

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Markets in and near Saclay

  • Igny: market Thursday & Sunday (3km)
  • Orsay: market Sunday & Friday (4km)
  • Bievres: market Wednesday (4km)
  • Gif-sur-Yvette: market Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday (4km)
  • Palaiseau: market Thursday & Sunday (6km)
  • Massy: market Tuesday & Friday (7km)
  • Chatenay-Malabry: market Wednesday & Saturday (9km)
  • Antony: market Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday (9km)
  • Longjumeau: market Wednesday & Saturday (10km)
  • Clamart: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Sunday & Saturday (10km)

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Tourist attractions near Saclay, France

What to do at Saclay? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Saclay.


  • Cinéaqua (17km)
  • Centre de la mer et des eaux (18km)
  • Aquarium du palais de la Porte Dor (21km)

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Other tourist attractions

  • Catacombs (16km)
  • Eiffel Tower (17km)
  • Rodin Museum (17km)
  • Hotel des Invalides (18km)
  • Palais Bourbon (18km)
  • Grand Palais (18km)
  • Petit Palais (18km)
  • Orsay Museum (18km)
  • Champs-Elysees (18km)
  • Place de la Concorde (19km)
  • Jardin des Tuileries (19km)
  • Jardin des Plantes (19km)
  • Pont-Neuf (19km)
  • The Louvre (19km)
  • Eglise de la Madeleine (19km)
  • Place Vendome (19km)
  • Palais Royal (19km)
  • Hotel de Ville (town hall) (19km)
  • Parc Monceau (19km)
  • Saint-Eustache (19km)
  • Paris Opera (20km)
  • Place de la Bastille (20km)
  • Place des Vosges (20km)
  • Montmartre district (21km)
  • Montmartre (21km)
  • Basilica de Sacre Coeur (21km)
  • Parc de la Villette (24km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

  • L'Isle-Adam (43km)

Regional Natural Parcs

Churches and religious monuments

  • Notre Dame de Port Royal des Champs (Magny-les-Hameaux) (6km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Bougival) (15km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin et Saint Blaise (Louveciennes) (15km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Chatou) (18km)
  • Abbaye Notre Dame des Vaulx de Cernay (Cernay-la-Ville) (18km)
  • Eglise de Saint Etienne (Mareil-Marly) (18km)
  • Abbaye Notre Dame de Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Paris) (18km)
  • Sainte Chapelle (Paris) (19km)
  • Cathédrale de Notre Dame (Paris) (19km)
  • Maison d'Ourscamp (Paris) (19km)
  • Eglise de Sainte Geneviève (Feucherolles) (22km)
  • Eglises de Saint Eustache (Paris) (22km)
  • Collégiale Notre-Dame (Poissy) (24km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre et Saint Paul (Orgeval) (25km)
  • Basilique de Saint Denis (Saint-Denis) (26km)
  • Eglise de Saint Maclou (Conflans-Sainte-Honorine) (30km)
  • Eglise de Saint Basile (Etampes) (33km)
  • Cathédrale Notre Dame (Etampes) (33km)
  • Collegiale de Saint Martin (Etampes) (34km)
  • Abbaye de Maubuisson (Saint-Ouen-l'Aumone) (35km)
  • Eglise de Saint Denis (Mery-sur-Oise) (37km)
  • Eglise de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption (Auvers-sur-Oise) (38km)
  • Abbaye Notre-Dame du Val (Meriel) (39km)
  • Abbaye du Lys (Dammarie-les-Lys) (42km)
  • Abbaye Cistercienne de Royaumont (Asnieres-sur-Oise) (46km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc du château de Beauregard (8km)
  • Maison de Chateaubriand (8km)
  • Potager du roi, Versailles (9km)
  • Parc de Versailles (9km)
  • Parc du domaine de Sceaux (10km)
  • Domaine national de Saint-Cloud (12km)
  • Parc du château de Breteuil (12km)
  • Parc de Courson (15km)
  • Domaine de la Malmaison (16km)
  • Jardin du Palais-Royal (19km)
  • Domaine national de Saint-Germain-en-Laye (19km)
  • Parc de Chamarande (25km)
  • Parc du château de Groussay (26km)
  • Domaine national de Rambouillet (28km)
  • Parc du château de Thoiry (31km)
  • Domaine national de Champs-sur-Marne (34km)
  • Parc du château de Courances (39km)
  • Parc du château de Vaux-le-Vicomte (44km)
  • Domaine national de Fontainebleau (53km)
  • Domaine de Villarceaux (56km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Vallée de Chevreuse (11km)
  • Vaux de Cernay (18km)
  • Forêt de Rambouillet (23km)
  • Murs à pêches (26km)
  • Château de Sauvage (35km)

Amusement park / theme park

Towns of Art and history

  • Rambouillet (27km)
  • Etampes (33km)
  • Pontoise (36km)
  • Noisiel (36km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Velizy-Villacoublay (6km)
  • Le Plessis-Robinson (8km)
  • Meudon (10km)
  • Rueil-Malmaison (16km)
  • Le Vesinet (18km)
  • Courbevoie (19km)
  • Levallois-Perret (20km)
  • Maisons-Alfort (21km)
  • Creteil (22km)
  • Soisy-sous-Montmorency (30km)
  • Gagny (32km)
  • Aulnay-sous-Bois (32km)
  • Livry-Gargan (34km)
  • Le Mee-sur-Seine (40km)
  • Melun (42km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Jardin d'acclimatation (Paris) (18km)
  • Ménagerie du Jardin des plantes (19km)
  • Parc zoologique de Vincennes (21km)
  • Parc zoologique de Thoiry (31km)

Geography and distances

Saclay is in the Paris region of France at 22 kilometres from Evry, the department capital (general information: Saclay is 19 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Saclay

Canton: Bièvres

Arrondissement: Palaiseau

Department: Essonne

Region: Paris

Postcode: 91400

Distance to Saclay

from Evry (prefecture): 22 km

from Paris: 19 km

from Calais: 248 km

from Nice: 683 km

from Bordeaux: 481 km

from Strasbourg: 410 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Saclay from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 19 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Bievres, Buc, Bures-sur-Yvette, Chateaufort, Gif-sur-Yvette, Gometz-le-Chatel, Igny, Jouy-en-Josas, Les Loges-en-Josas, Les Ulis, Magny-les-Hameaux, Orsay, Palaiseau, Saint-Aubin, Toussus-le-Noble, Vauhallan, Villebon-sur-Yvette, Villejust and Villiers-le-Bacle.

This page in French: Visiter Saclay