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Cultural Outings this Autumn

Explore France, discover history and culture, all with your pet? Sounds good to us! Check out our top cultural outings, this autumn.


When visiting France and Europe, there are so many cultural sights to enjoy. Hundreds of thousands of years’ worth of history is just waiting to be explored, and you can discover loads of it with your pet as company! This time we’ll be looking at some of the most interesting and fun places to explore in France this autumn, where you can learn about history, buy some local produce and experience new art, all with your pet.

Nuit Blanche – Paris

For one of the best cultural experiences this autumn, head to France’s capital, Paris. The city’s Nuit Blanche festival takes place every year, from 7am until 7pm, on the first Saturday in October. It’s been going since 2002, and today is a popular event on Paris’ cultural calendar. Many museums and private spaces open their doors to the public free of charge, and as many of the exhibitions take place in the streets of Paris, you’ll be able to stroll around with your dog. It’s a unique experience to see so much art take over such large chunks of the city, and you’ll find all kinds of artistic inspiration, from contemporary to classic.

Château de Chenonceau – Touraine

One of France’s most stunning castles, Château de Chenonceau is found alongside the River Cher in France’s Indre-et-Loire department. The castle is around 500 years old, and is a brilliant way to learn about some of France’s history. About a 40-minute drive to the east of the town of Tours in central France, the castle has incredible gardens, and small to medium-sized dogs are allowed around the grounds. For a really magical experience, try visiting the Château de Chenonceau at night, which costs about five Euros; classical music rings through its halls, and the gardens are beautifully lit, creating an experience you’ll remember forever.

500-year-old Château de Chenonceau.

Don’t miss the 500-year-old Château de Chenonceau. © Flickr user Dennis Jarvis

Lille Street Market – Lille

Street markets are the perfect place to take your dog for a fun day out. There are lots of people to pay them attention, and they get to snack on any leftover treats! At Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, we love the street market at Lille as there’s so much to see and do. Prepare to find piles and piles of mussels (the market’s traditional dish), plus plenty of chips to enjoy alongside, with ‘moules frites’ served up in their literal tons! Most of the city centre turns into a huge pedestrianised area, so it’s a safe place to walk your dog. Be sure to try some of the local beer, and stay the whole weekend if you want to see as many of the 10,000 stalls as possible.

market at Lille

Take your pooch to the market at Lille this autumn. © Flickr user Maëlick

Lille’s street market takes place on 3rd and 4th September 2016.

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About the Author

I love travelling. France, Europe, the World! I’ve been to many countries around the World, but keep being drawn back to France. Just a quick trip under the Channel from our home in Folkestone, my family and I could easily spend every holiday there, from skiing, self catering gites and the odd daytrip or weekend break. I hope to share some of my stories and favourite places with our Eurotunnel Le Shuttle customers.