Vieille Ville de Senlis
Vieille Ville de Senlis
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Cathy M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We went to Senlis on a Sunday and at first, we thought we had really messed up. Almost everything was closed. But we soon decided it was a fantastic way to experience the little town. We got some amazing photos, and it was so peaceful. A welcome break from Paris. We found an amazing bakery that had such gorgeous and unbelievably good pasties, deserts and breads.

While walking around we met a super nice man who asked if we were needing help finding something. We told him were simply exploring and he chatted with us for probably 15 minutes about his quaint town. It was so nice to meet him. Later we had a nice local notice we had been turned away at a restaurant she was leaving, and she suggested another place and told us how to get there. We were very glad she did, it was a great meal at a good price.

Honestly, Senlis was my favorite of our five days away from Paris. I only wish we had allotted two days instead o just one. Some people might not like the quietness of a Sunday visit, so they should definitely go on another day.
Written April 7, 2023
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Storyteller373098
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We have stayed in Senlis for two weeks. I just love it. Everyday we have walked and discovered new little areas.

Historic Senlis - the cobblestone streets twist and turn in so many different directions. There are castle ruins, cathedrals, churches, shops, and restaurants to explore. We have walked hour around there. On Tuesdays and Fridays there are farmers markets to buy fresh produce, meat, olives and other things.

The Senlis community has created wonderful parks and walking trails for people. There is one that has a mile line loop around a pond. Another that meanders by a stream and the old railroad has been turned into a walking or riding trail. All are absolutely beautiful and well maintained.

I know the town is a day trip but I would recommend a two day stay at one of the hotels. To be able to explore the city properly along with the outlying area!

Don’t miss out on the gem!
Written July 14, 2023
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Bruno_Cohen
Senlis, France192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
Senlis is only 30 minutes from Paris but you absolutely need a car. No train and almost no buses. I've been living here for more than 40 years and if you like history and authentic old towns, you'll love it! It's not surprising so many movies were filmed in Senlis. Every street has its own mood. Of course, the XIIIth Century Cathedral is the first monument you'll visit. Then Abbey St Vincent with its Medieval cloister. Between the two, you'll hang around and enjoy this outdoor Museum.
Written January 15, 2019
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,868 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
We loved Senlis. We visited on a bustling Saturday afternoon with shoppers in full flow. The Cathedral is just wonderful but we loved the winding medieval streets, cobbled paths and roads and quirky shops and cafes. It just oozes character and history and having visited most of the big towns in the immediate vicinity, it has to be one of my very favourites.
Written April 2, 2017
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SCM_Tearle
Lechlade, UK125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
At the 'corner' of three forests, Chantilly, Ermenonville and d'Halatte, Senlis is a really beautiful old town just a few miles from the A1 north of Paris, with cobbled streets, an ancient cathedral and an arresting history from the two world wars.

It's difficult to grasp that, 100 years ago this month, the First World War was only at the half-way point. Equally, the power of memorial is so much more evident in France - perhaps understandable of a country who had to (twice) defend its own soil. A few related notables from our one day trip: the old train station, destroyed by incendiary bombardment in 1914 but rebuilt in 1922, is oddly reminiscent of an Rhineland pavilion, sadly now abandoned. Marechal Ferdinand Foch wrote the terms of the 1918 Armistice in a house near the Hotel Bellon - taking it for msignature in the Compiegne forest 30km to the east. An amazing memorial to the actions of the 40,000+ men of the French-Morrocan divisions depicts two riders, one uniformed - the other turbaned and cloaked, shaking hands.

Wandering the narrow streets and enjoying the buildings, decor and tiny gardens is an outing in itself. Flat shoes are essential for the cobbles - I did an exhausting half hour in high heels, not to be repeated! Good independent shops, cafes and restaurants abound. There is lots of free parking within a short walk of the centre. The tourism office, with lots of suggestions for visits both inside and outside, is near the gothic cathedral.
Written September 5, 2016
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Michel_Honore
Holte, Denmark141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
An inner city riddled with mideval buildings and a fabulous cathedral, the remains of an old royal palace and all within walking distance, makes for a nice, low-paced day of sightseeing.
The streets are all cobblestone, so choose your footwear accordingly (pointy business shoes with thin leather soles are not the obvious choice: But doable).

...-and it is all free admission ;-)
Written September 23, 2019
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tigermomma2017
Los Altos, CA211 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
We visited Senlis after spending half the day in Chantilly. We had a car and it was easy to get here from Chantilly. I know that lots of people take the train from Paris but for our family of four it was more efficient to rent a car for a day and drive to Chantilly and then to Senlis. We didn't have to worry about bus or train schedules this way and we could visit at a leisurely pace. We were able to find parking near at the church and the tourism office. Be careful as the streets are very narrow. The tourism office provides a map of a great walking tour around town. We highly recommend it. The church is not special compared to Notre Dame, Saint Chapelle or Chartres but seeing all the old Gallo Roman ramparts and buildings was really worth the time.
Written June 21, 2018
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Pomerols
Weston, FL4,481 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
We still had our rental car and also a few hours before our flight to go back to the US. We decided to go and visit quickly the old town of Senlis, only 20 minutes north of the CDG airport by the A1 highway. What a terrific idea we had! First and foremost, it is extremely easy to park just outside the old city. There are free parking as soon as you arrive in town, on the right at the roundabout along the "Cours Thoré Montmorency" boulevard. From there, the 12th century gothic cathedral is a 10 minutes walk. And walk you should! It is a lovely area, with cobbled narrow streets sometimes, with beautiful houses, doors and architectural details from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance etc. you can still see the remnants of the gallo romain ramparts (as well as a few ruins from romain amphitheater). The tourist office (next to the cathedral) has a great map to help you discover this lovely little town. Bring your camera and just walk around!
Written August 1, 2016
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tofrek1885
Shrewsbury, UK161 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The old town is indeed very attractive - paved/cobbled, narrow, winding streets and the small square with the cathedral and bishop's palace (=now museum). The ancient Captian palace remains are a stunning find!
HOWEVER car parking can be difficult, especially on market day mornings when the streets are literally rammed with parked cars and getting a space is really in the lap of the gods - or multiple trips round (and round and round....) trying to shoe-horn into any space.
The corollary to this is that every view down any street is marred by the sight of nothing but lines of traffic. Really spoils the atmosphere.
But go there if you can put up with all this - it is a very nice town.
Written March 12, 2023
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Goochbird
Comstock, MI69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
Loved the walks along the medieval tours. There are three, and together they take about 3 hours. The walk around the wall was very different from the interior walk. We enjoyed them all.
Written September 17, 2018
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