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Chateau de Pierrefonds

rue Viollet-Le-Duc, 60350 Pierrefonds, France
03 44 42 72 72
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
Owner description: Dating back to the 15th century, the Chateau de Pierrefonds was comprehensively restored and altered by architect Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century... more » Owner description: Dating back to the 15th century, the Chateau de Pierrefonds was comprehensively restored and altered by architect Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century to transform it into an imperial residence for Napoleon III. The chateaux often seems to have been specially built for a swashbuckling film with its richly varied painted and sculpted decors, its defensive system and drawbridge, walkways and drop-boxes, not to forget the two reconstructions of medieval siege engines. Open:> 2nd May to 4th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.> 5th September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed:> Mondays from 5th September to 30th April.> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups. « less
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Tipperary, Ireland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Well worth a visit. Very little information in English in the Castle though. It is fabulous though. Easy parking available.

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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

beautiful château my kids loved looking round staff were really help full. beautiful little town not very expensive

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This chateau is well worth the walk up the hill, absolutely fantastic once inside. Very basic but very interesting, the stone work is amazing. If you go to The Imperial Palace in Compeigne you get a complimentary ticket for Pierrefonds, but of the two I would rather miss out the opulence of The Imperial Palace but that's just a personal... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A fabulous day out. Beautiful surrounding area and easy to park - but it is an uphill walk so something to consider if mobility is an issue for you. Chateau is amazing, especially if you have kids who liked watching the tv show "Merlin" - they'll believe they're in Camelot!

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Wallasey
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

The view of the castle when it first appears is magical and it only gets better when you are up close. A great place to visit and the town has some charming bars / cafes and patisseries.

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Telford, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The exterior is the shots you see in TV's Merlin, inside the rooms are bare but that still does not stop you enjoying the architecture and the fascinating room layout and the story behind the chateau. Great value - pity everything is only in `French' - do they not realise that most of the visiting tourists speak English as a... More

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Paisley, Scotland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Heavily restored, bot gorgeous all the same. A bit like a mini Carcassonne. The setting and views are beautiful.

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Wodonga, Australia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
39 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I should point out that this reduced score is due to the fact that the young girl who works in the gift shop was incredibly rude to me both when I purchased my ticket and also when I returned to the gift shop after going through the chateau. Had it not been for this, I would have scored 5/5, but... More

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Peace River, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Whether early-evening to dusk when the sunset offers unique lighting and atmosphere to the outer-castle area and surrounding forest, or early in the morning when visitor-count is low, this is an historical treat to behold. Wonderfully restored, the castle walls still bear the scars of various conflicts, including a couple of cannon-balls embedded into the side of one corner. While... More

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Wolverhampton, England
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66 reviews 66 reviews
42 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This really is a stunning building and well worth a visit. We spent around an hour exploring inside so is ideal for younger children. There are also some temporary exhibitions to see as well.

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