Claude Monet’s home and gardens

Claude Monet Giverny

One of the great things about summer holidays in new areas is visiting local sites of beauty or historic interest and Normandy certainly has an abundance of it, so much I had to pick and choose as 5 year olds don’t take too kindly to being dragged away from the swimming pool!

When I say local, I mean within a reasonable distance and Giverny is about a one and half hour drive from Honfleur but it was very well worth it.

In Giverny you will find the home of Claude Monet with the gardens he created including the water garden with the world famous water lilies.

Because of the enormous amount of interest the entire village of Giverny is now dedicated to tourists and there is a fabulous free car park at the beginning of the village with an underground passage under the busy road.

We were in a queue for at least half an hour but I did see others ‘jump’ it with their tickets bought online so do keep this in mind and check out the site before you go.

The tour starts in the shop and there is every souvenir imaginable to tempt your Euros out of your pocket.

Claude Monet Giverny

We started our tour with the gardens as after a gloomy, wet drive the sun came out and I didn’t know how long it was going to last.

Claude Monet Giverny

In front of the house in a central point is a wide avenue with arches where plants are scrambling up, I could imagine the joy Monet had walking down and maybe picking a few flowers for his desk. Rows and rows of flowers in parallel lines each row themed a different colour.

Claude Monet Giverny

Claude Monet Giverny

and an underground passage takes you over to the water garden which is stunning. Following the walkways we were delighted by many different views of the pond, the water lilies were in flower and there was a peace in the air and a serenity that was overwhelming.

Claude Monet Giverny

and the water lilies …

Claude Monet Giverny

me and the girls family portrait ;)

Claude Monet Giverny

and this last one from the other end

Claude Monet Giverny

Anyone remember his paintings with the boats on the lake? I saw the boats!

Claude Monet Giverny

With the gardens completed it was time to visit the house and no photography was allowed inside which is a shame as his study was filled with his artwork. His bedroom was home to gifts of paintings from his close friends, Cezanne, Renior, Manet, Pissarro and Rodin.

Claude Monet Giverny

His dining room was yellow, two shades of yellow – completely yellow which Bessie thought was the most beautiful room she had ever seen but she loves Belle and the Beast and yellow is her favourite colour.

Claude Monet Giverny

Alice was taken with the kitchen and so was I, tiled with pretty blue tiles and copper pans shining hung around the room with the most massive oven and cooking berth imaginable. The only photo I was permitted to take was the view from Claude’s bedroom window, what a sight to wake up to eh?

Claude Monet Giverny

This will go down as one of my Normandy highlights and if you get a chance do visit, we were charged £9.50 per adult and children under 7 go free. Just be warned, a small bottle of coke and a small bottle of apple juice bought from the bar heading back to the car park cost us €8 = £8


  1. August 28, 2013 / 3:25 PM

    That looks amazing. Z asked me if we could go just last week, and I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about :-)

    • September 2, 2013 / 9:36 PM

      Brilliant that you didn’t know of it! It’s a real beauty Emma, if you get the chance you really must go and see for yourself

  2. sonya
    August 28, 2013 / 6:15 PM

    It looks so beautiful!

    • September 2, 2013 / 9:36 PM

      It is Sonya, absolutely stunning, you come away feeling you’re seen something very special

    • September 2, 2013 / 9:37 PM

      Yes but if you go get your tickets online -standing in a queue for so long is not good for kids ;)

  3. Otilia
    September 2, 2013 / 7:26 PM

    oh my goodness so much green and so so beautiful! i wish i was there right now. i bet that the stress just goes away in those gardens!

    • September 2, 2013 / 9:37 PM

      Otilia, I wish I LIVED there. It’s beautiful

  4. AnnieMammasaurus
    September 2, 2013 / 7:42 PM

    Beautiful – oh I could lose myself in there for hours! Lovely photos Mari x

    • September 2, 2013 / 9:38 PM

      Thanks Annie, it really is a special place and shouldn’t be rushed

  5. Andrea
    September 2, 2013 / 8:37 PM

    Looks amazing :) Fantastic photos!

    • September 2, 2013 / 9:38 PM

      Thank you

  6. missielizzie
    September 2, 2013 / 8:58 PM

    I went here years and years ago with my family and can still remember it so vividly. I really want to take Ruby, I considered it this year, but it was just a bit too far from where we were staying (even though I know OH would have been in the Seine like a shot! – I’d have probably had trouble keeping him out of the lily ponds too, mind!)


    • September 2, 2013 / 9:40 PM

      I’m really pleased you can remember it so well after time has passed as I hope one day the girls read this and it all comes back to them. Your OH would give some great photos wouldn’t he?

  7. Rebecca English
    September 2, 2013 / 9:09 PM

    I’ve visited too with my parents. It was so beautiful. I think I’d be inspired having a garden like that. I love your photos they’ve really captured it.

    • September 2, 2013 / 9:42 PM

      Thanks Rebecca, I think if I’m ever back in that area I’d definitely revisit

  8. September 2, 2013 / 10:28 PM

    Beautiful photo, yu have reminded me how much I used to love MOnet! Thanks, Mich x

  9. September 3, 2013 / 3:20 AM

    How gorgeous, so vibrant, so full of colour.

  10. September 3, 2013 / 9:47 AM

    We love Normandy – so much rich recent history as well as beautiful landscapes – no wonder he was such a good painter!

  11. AlexanderResidence
    September 3, 2013 / 8:31 PM

    Oooh I love those yellow pom pom flowers! I want to see inside his study too, love all those artists. Takes your breath away just seeing the pic!

  12. Little Lilypad Co
    September 3, 2013 / 9:16 PM

    Wow! What amazing images, you can certainly see what inspired him!

  13. September 4, 2013 / 12:37 PM

    I had no idea where Giverny actually was located. A manageable trip from your base in Normandy. It’s on my list!

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