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Coordinates: 49°04′37″N 1°31′48″E / 49.0769444444°N 1.53°E / 49.0769444444; 1.53

Commune of Giverny

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Water lilies in Claude Monet's garden in Giverny
Giverny is located in France
Country France
Region Haute-Normandie
Department Eure
Arrondissement Les Andelys
Canton Écos
Intercommunality Portes de l'Eure
Mayor Guy Colombel
Elevation 10–139 m (33–460 ft)
(avg. 17 m/56 ft)
Land area1 6.46 km2 (2.49 sq mi)
Population2 524  (1999)
 - Density 81 /km2 (210 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 27285/ 27620
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Giverny (French pronunciation: [ʒivɛʀˈni]) is a commune of the Eure department in northern France. It is best known as the location of Claude Monet's garden and home.



Giverny sits on the "right Bank" of the River Seine. The village lies 80 km (50 miles) from Paris, west and slightly north, on the border between the province of Normandy and the Île-de-France (it is officially in the département of Eure, in the région of Haute-Normandie).


A settlement has existed in Giverny since neolithic times and a monument uncovered attests to this fact. Archeological finds have included booties dating from Gallo-Roman times and to the earlier 1st and 2nd centuries AD. The town was known in ancient deeds as "Warnacum". The cultivation of grapes has been an occupation of the inhabitants of Giverny since Merovingian times. The village church dates from the Middle Ages and is built partially in the Romanesque style, though additions have since been made. It is dedicated to Saint Radegonde. The village has remained a small rural setting with a modest population (numbering around 300 in 1883 when Monet discovered it) and has since seen a boom in tourism since the restoration of Monet's house and gardens.

Monet's "Water Lily Pond" in his garden at Giverny, painted 1899.

Monet at Giverny


Claude Monet noticed the village of Giverny while looking out of a train window. He made up his mind to move there and rented a house and the area surrounding it. In 1890 he had enough money to buy the house and land outright and set out to create the magnificent gardens he wanted to paint. Some of his most famous paintings, such as his water lily and Japanese bridge paintings, were of his garden in Giverny. Monet lived in Giverny from 1883 until his death in 1926. He and many members of his family are interred in the village cemetery.


Monet's house and gardens were opened to public visit in 1980, following restoration work. They have become a popular tourist attraction (the Fondation Claude Monet), particularly in the summer when the flowers are in bloom.

The other main attraction of the village is the American Art Museum.[1]

The Hôtel Baudy was a center of artistic life in the Giverny heyday. It is now still a café and restaurant, with period decoration.

Monet's garden at Giverny, May 2002


  1. ^ [1]Terra Foundation collection online, retrieved August 1, 2009


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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Giverny is a small French village 80 km to the west of the capital city Paris, within the valley of the river Seine and the northern region of Haute-Normandie. The village is best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (lived 1840-1926).

Painting by Claude Monet - Water Lily Pond with Japanese Bridge in Giverny
Painting by Claude Monet - Water Lily Pond with Japanese Bridge in Giverny


Monet moved to Giverny in 1883 with his family, including his second wife and 8 children, living and painting here until his death in 1926. The village surroundings and the gardens of his house formed a great part of the inspiration and subject matter for his paintings. It was after the move to Giverny that Monet began his famous Séries of paintings, repeatedly rendering haystacks, cathedrals and waterlilies from his garden pond in his own unique Impressionist style.

Get in

By car

Take the A13 from Paris to Bonnières, then the D201 to Vernon where you cross the river Seine- look for signs....

By train

Take the train from Paris Gare St-Lazare to Vernon (journey time 45 minutes; see SNCF), then take a taxi, bus, or bicycle (€4.00 return ticket) to the village. The bus service is timed to link with the train and a combined ticket can be obtained at Gare St-Lazare.[1]. The bicyle can be rented from a cafe right outside the train station and is indicated by a sign. The rental fee is approx. 12€ and the bike ride is about 4 miles with a directional map provided by the cafe.

By bus

Bus and minibus trips run from Paris to Giverny as a half-day tour, and to Giverny and Versailles as a full-day tour. Every day except Monday.


It is always best to arrive early in Giverny in order to avoid the throngs of bus-driven tourists who arrive later in the morning and keep coming all day....

Monet's House
Monet's House
  • Monet's House (Fondation Claude Monet) [2], 84 rue Claude Monet, tel 02 32 51 28 21, open April-October Mo-Su 9:30 am - 6 pm, admission €6.00, €4.50 students, under-7s free, wheelchair access available - the house is quietly eccentric and highly interesting in an Orient-influenced style, and includes Monet's collection of Japanese prints. There are no original Monet paintings on the site - the real drawcard, is the gardens around the house - the water garden with the Japanese bridge, weeping willows and waterlilies is now somewhat iconic. Monet's house has the obligatory gift-store attached, designed to help you part with your money in exchange for all manner of things Impressionist.
  • the Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny [3], 99 rue Claude Monet, tel 02 32 51 94 65, open May - October Tu-Su 10 am - 6 pm, admission €5.50, €4 students and seniors, €3 12-18s, under 12s free, wheelchair access available - this museum will open on May 1st, 2009 and will replace the Musée d'Art Américain. It will propose temporary exhibitions.
  • The Natural Mechanical Museum [4], 2 rue Blanche Hoschedé-Monet, Phone: 02 32 21 26 33. 27620 Giverny. Association under 1901 law, founded by the Guillemard brothers: Jean-pierre, René and Gérard currently run restorations and exhibitions with the help of an enthusiasts team who devoted their time and known-how to the Patrimony preservation. The museum origin is a private collection of steam internal combustion engines; founded in 1955 by the Guillemard family a GIVERNY resident's since generations. Former threshing entrepreneur and blacksmith ADOLPHE Guillemard has transmitted to his children his know-how and passion for the vintage mechanies. Along years, purchasing, donations of engines pile-up awaiting for the needed parts or just a time to restore. Since 1982 the number of collected items inereased due to closing of workshops, factories or mills. The preservation of these engines was a rescue task, numbers of testimonials items already gone. In 1990 the collection find home in the actual local where the engines are in permanent show, installation of the Carels 1908 diesel engine weighting 28 tons keep the team busy for months on overhauling and restoration; it becomes in 2003 the world bigger old running diesel engine.


It is recommended that you take a guided tour to make the most of your visit to Claude Monet's house and garden at Giverny.

If you are coming from Paris, you might wish to take a bus or minibus tour which provides a tour-guide.

If you are coming on your own, you can book a guided tour in English, French or German, offered every day, by appointment only.

If you are feeling energetic, try hiking one of the nature trails that wind through the hills above Giverny. The panoramic views of the village, the Seine valley, and the neighboring town of Vernon are quite stunning to see unfold beneath you. Two of the area's trails start at a signboard behind the city hall, found just up Rue Blanche Hoschedé-Monet. Make sure you're wearing sturdy shoes or boots and are in relatively good shape, as some sections of the trails on the forested hillsides can be very challenging. Carrying water and insect repellent might also be a good idea, depending on the weather. Information on other scenic hiking trails can be found at the Tourist Bureau in neighboring Vernon.

The nearby Forêt de Bizy is also a lovely place for a picnic or nature walk, and is a good way to get away from the crowds which sometime descend on Giverny.


There is a small restaurant attached to Monet's House (beware tourist trap prices and overcrowding) and a few reasonable options in the village [5]&[6]. A wider choice can be found in the surroundings [7]. On a fine day, bringing a picnic lunch with you might be a better option - walk up out of the village along some of the small lanes [8] for a change from the crowds.


There are a number of bed & breakfast options in the village [9] and surrounds [10]. There's probably not enough in Giverny, however, to warrant a night over. This village - or many others along the Seine valley nearby - could provide an ideal base for further exploration in the Haute-Normandie region of northern France.

  • The Robins (Les Rouges Gorges), 6 rue aux Juifs (27620 Giverny), [11]. The rustic style of the renovation - stones and exposed beams - and the vintage countryside decoration give these several-hundred-year-old cute little houses a Bohemian charm. In the summer you will have breakfast in the garden under the canopy of the bread oven. Dogs admitted. Open all year round. 60 / 70 euros. (49.078069,1.520866) edit
  • Le Clos Fleuri, 5 rue de la Dîme (27620 Giverny), [12]. Situated near the church and just a few minutes walking distance from Monet's gardens and the Museum of Impressionisms, you will find Danielle and Claude's home, surrounded by a large magnificent garden, where you will find a haven of peace and tranquillity. Danielle speaks fluent English having spent many years in Australia.  edit
  • The Roger's Theater, 29 route de Falaise (27620 Giverny), [13]. Eric and Christelle Carriere are well known for their artistic activities: Eric founded the Festival de Giverny and has managed it for 10 years, Christelle is an actress and theater teacher. Their headquarter at Giverny is called the Roger's Theater. On the basement a small romantic theater is used for rehearsal and shows for a few people. On the second floor Eric and Christelle have organised 3 guests rooms and 2 bathrooms to accommodate their artists friends and anyone looking for a simple bed and breakfast in Giverny.  edit

In Giverny area there are also 4, 3 and 2 stars hotels.

If you are just stopping at Giverny on your way, a map of Giverny area Hotels and one of Giverny area B&B may help you find the perfect location for your stop.

Get out

In order to complete the Monet experience, travellers might like to visit the neighbouring town of Vernon, (castle, medieval streets, Museum with paintings by Giverny artists, including Claude Monet, 17th-19th c. mansion and much more) or journey on / back to Paris, or to Rouen and the Seine valley, where they can see further examples of his work at various venues.

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Simple English

Giverny is a village that was the temporary home of Claude Monet. The village is located in Normandy, France.


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