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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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Camberely
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Approaching the chateau we imagined dragons flying around the Turrets. Inside there were some good stories on the history, and again spectacular views of the surrounding Countryside

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Loved this chateau the only draw back is not many rooms are open. The views are spectacular and the children spotted parts which were featured in Merlin. The tombs were one of the high lights and not really advertised. Free for children and 7 euros for adults made it a cheap day out. Set in a lovely French village with... More

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Sydney, Australia
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1,185 reviews 1,185 reviews
829 attraction reviews
1,157 helpful votes 1,157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

In this region noted for its extraordinary architectural wealth and diversity,little can compare with the fairy-tale fantasy castle outside of the township of the same name. Its setting in a deep valley surrounded by woods is dramatic as we made our approach from the N-W through the forest of Compiegne. At its centre is a lake ringed by old hotels... More

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Corsham
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51 reviews 51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

If you've seen the Merlin TV series, this is Camelot and a truly magical place to visit in a lovely little town.

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Durham
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Excellent day out. I think I preferred this to bigger castles. Lovely rooms and very good staff. Beautiful surrounding areas and gift shop was fabulous for my 7 year old.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Very impressive and lots of english displays etc unlike many French attractions, not far from Compeigne so easy to find

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Lovely village to visit, lots of nice places to eat. We had lunch by the lake which was lovely. The Chateau is like a magical fairytale castle. Boys and girls will love it. We visited the inside of the chateau and it was very interesting. A beautiful place which you could easily return to several times.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It is the second European castle to ever take my breath away upon first laying eyes on it. A castle so glorious and majestic, it deserves your undivided attention and time. We started our tour from the courtyard and there were so many interesting sculptures. It is uncrowded, not touristy, you can definitely roam at leisure peacefully. This was the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Worth a visit. View of the castle is best on the approach. Merlin was filmed here so a great place for Merlin fans. The current exhibition on display underground is spooky with lots of tombs!

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

A bit like a replica car - better than the real one would have been! This is great for children and there are even fake tombs in the under croft. On previous visits I spotted some of the plywood battlements installed for the filming of Merlin. There is a useful exhibition of the construction of VLD's little chateau. Not my... More

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