Art & Design Guide

Without question Paris is one of the most culturally, politically and historically significant cities in the world. With so much to see, a study trip to Paris should be meticulously planned to ensure you get the most out of your visit. To help you prioritise your activities here are our top picks for history and culture…

Musee d'Orsay

Musee d'Orsay is the home of France’s national collection from the impressionist, post-impressionist and art nouveau movements. Recently renovated and situated in the former Gare d’Orsay railway, the venue itself is an art nouveau showpiece. Manet’s On The Beach and Woman With Fans; Monet’s gardens at Giverny; Cézanne’s card players; Degas’ ballerinas; Toulouse-Lautrec’s cabaret dancers; Van Gogh’s self-portraits, Bedroom in Arles and Starry Night – they’re all here. It’s a place every student of art history needs to visit, which means it is busy all year round, so we recommend you save time by pre-purchasing your tickets.

La Conciergerie

A UNESCO World Heritage site for 30 years, The Château de Versailles, is one of the city’s most magnificent examples of 18th-century French art - and perhaps one of the most majestic places in the world. It really is a sight to behold with its Royal Chapel, Hall of Mirrors, Grand Apartments, famous clock room and dramatic gardens. Although these are just the famous highlights, Château de Versailles is full of hidden secrets and surprises for you to discover, so make sure you’ve allocated a good amount of time to explore; you’ll be amazed what you learn in this fascinating place.

Notre Dame de Paris

Your study trip to Paris wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the world famous gothic cathedral. One of the first gothic cathedrals, construction of Notre Dame de Paris began in the 12th century and took 300 years to finish. As such you will notice a range of styles present from each era of construction – not only gothic, but areas that reflect periods of Renaissance and Naturalism. We recommend spending time inside the cathedral too, where you’ll find amazing displays of Neo-Gothic artwork and furniture.