Located just outside the centre of Paris, Saint Denis is a northern suburb of the capital. This suburb of Paris is home to numerous areas of interest and within easy reach of other tourist attractions around the city. It’s also not too far away from the countryside should you want to get away from the urban sprawl. While Paris remains to be one of Europe’s most popular tourist cities, home to numerous cultural sites and areas of interest, there’s plenty to explore off the beaten track, north-east of the capital. Saint-Denis is home to an array of interesting museums, fantastic architecture and the impressive Cathedral Basilica of Saint-Denis.
Perfect for driving around the narrow roads in the town. If you’re also planning on driving to the capital then a hatchback is the most fuel-efficient choice.
Driving in Saint Denis
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Important things to note
The law states you must drive with a high-visibility jacket in the vehicle at all times. This must be kept inside the car and within easy reach without having to exit the vehicle.
It is compulsory to drive with a red warning triangle in the vehicle at all time to use in case of emergency.
Avoid driving in and around the town centre during morning and evening rush hours, as heavy traffic can cause delays and tailbacks.
Highlights & Hotspots
One of the town’s most popular attractions is the Basilique de Saint-Denis. This impressive church acted as place of burial for the French monarchy. There are excellent guided tours available, which give visitors great insight into the history and heritage of the town.
Sports fans should visit the Stade de France, a vast and impressive stadium which seats 80,000. This huge structure is the venue for football and rugby matches for the national team. Visitors can also take a guided tour around the stadium and look around the fascinating museum.
History enthusiasts and art lovers alike will appreciate the fantastic range of exhibits and the stunning art gallery at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire. There’s also an exhibit displaying artefacts found at St-Denis Basiclica in excavations.
Visit the stunning Musée de la Musique which has an impressive collection of classical musical instruments which date as far back as the 15th century. There’s also a fabulous concert hall and an amphitheatre.
Saint Denis is served by Charles De Gaulle airport which is located approximately 10 miles from the area.
Public transport links between Paris‚Äô main airport and Saint Denis readily available, however those with access to their own private vehicle can get there via the A1.