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Discover unusual places during Heritage Days

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Examples of must-see sites to visit throughout France

Every year in September, the edition of European Heritage Days (EJP), the ideal opportunity to spend original days according to your tastes. Here are 8 examples of amazing sites to discover in the Paris region… and elsewhere!

Site ideas for athletes

Free visit of Roland Garros

Since 2014, Roland Garros has opened its doors and its courts during Heritage Days. So if you've always dreamed of taking the place of Djokovic or Nadal, now is the time! Several tour routes are available: you can choose to have a history of this clay temple and learn more about the new project thanks to a 3D film featuring the Roland Garros of tomorrow. Or take yourself for a tennis player and go behind the scenes: the legendary courts, the player area, the changing rooms ... Several activities are also planned for young and old.





Free visit of Roland Garros during Heritage Days

The 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit and museum

Are you more of a fan of beautiful bodies? So take advantage of the Heritage Days to go to Le Mans and go behind the scenes of this legendary race. You will be able take a guided tour of the circuit and have access to places inaccessible to spectators! And also discover the collection of around forty racing cars, including 15 victorious in the famous endurance race on display in the 24 Hours of Le Mans museum.





Le Mans 24 Hours Circuit and Museum /

A sample of visits for older children

The fairground arts museum

Disappointed that the fairground season is coming to an end? So go to the fairground arts museum, the largest private collection of rides and other fairground accessories. The place rarely opens to the public, but it's an opportunity to discover what the fairgrounds of the Belle Epoque looked like. Furthermore on the occasion of Heritage Days, several events are planned.

The fairground arts museum opens its doors on the occasion of Heritage Days /

The Air and Space Museum

Little did you dream of being an astronaut? So visit the Espace du Bourget museum, the largest museum of its kind in the world. You can admire civilian and military planes of all ages, as well as rockets and missiles. On the occasion of Heritage Days, the museum is exceptionally open to the public the doors of its restoration workshops.

The Air and Space Museum /

For those who are still waiting for their quarter of an hour of glory

France Télévisions

Have you always dreamed of presenting the weather forecast or taking the place of Laurent Delahousse at the head of the France 2 newscast? Your moment of glory is finally here! In addition to a visit to the chain's plateaus, you can be put in a situation of presentation of the weather report and discover how the emissions are carried out. he is also possible to visit the premises of France 3 in the region.





France Televisions /

Le Grand Rex

Take a look behind the scenes at biggest cinema in Europe ! During the free visit, you will learn a lot about the history of the place opened in 1932, classified as historical monuments, and which served as a place of entertainment for German soldiers during the Second World War. You will also hear anecdotes about the stars who frequented the place over time.



Discover the Grand Rex on Heritage Days

An overview of possible visits for drink lovers

The Poissy Core Distillery

Discover the manufacturing secrets of the oldest artisanal distillery in Ile-de-France and its 2 liqueurs, the Silver Goblet and the Saint Louis Seal. At the end of the visit, you will have the opportunity to taste the 2 liqueurs made from apricot kernels, ideal pure or in cocktails.


Poissy Core Distillery /

The Combier Distillery in Saumur

A little thirsty? This still operating distillery is the oldest in the Loire Valley, and sells liqueurs, absinthe, anise, as well as fruit creams. You will be able to discover stills installed on a structure by Gustave Eiffel. Obviously, a tasting of the products of the distillery is planned at the end of the visit. Children will have the right to a tasting of syrups.


Combier Distillery to discover during Heritage Days

Even more ideas for visits for Heritage Days

If you want more information, find the full program of the Heritage Days on the official website. And don't hesitate to share your unusual places for these special days!

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