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Chateau de Pierrefonds

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Address: rue Viollet-Le-Duc, 60350 Pierrefonds, France
Phone Number: 03 44 42 72 72
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Dating back to the 15th century, the Chateau de Pierrefonds was...

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.

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Absolutely stunning castle. The exhibitions inside were brilliant and you could see how people within may have lived.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely stunning castle. The exhibitions inside were brilliant and you could see how people within may have lived.

Thank Georgie B
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ok, I'd give it 3.5 if I could as its somewhere slightly better than average and very good (good! Note to Trip Advisor)...Its a refurb job but its a very good one and the adults and kids (6,5 and 2) were well impressed. Inside there are lots of dusty old rooms, a small number of which you actually get access... More 

Thank Patches1234
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Chateau de Pierrefonds is where Merlin (BBC) was filmed. We spent about 2-3 hours at the Chateau exploring with the children. Absolutely worth a visit if in the area.

Thank Matthew S
Belfast, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited this village twice and on both days it was amazing. The castle is well worth a visit, the views are stunning. The village is probably the prettiest village I have visited, !ocals are very friendly and helpful, the deli in the village is impressive with the best choice of local food.

Thank FLOMC22
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Our whole holiday was based around Disneyland, but the best excursion of the trip was to Pierrefonds. I was cheap to get in and had plenty for the family to see and do inside the imposing walls. It was a nice walk through he town to the Châteaux and there was a number of reasonably priced restaurants serving lunch around... More 

Thank James W
Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Stunning chateau made famous in U.K because TV series Merlin is filmed there although don't expect to see any exhibits about it. Oddly there isn't much to actually see,as in most of the rooms you see are empty,some have displays of costumes from various stage shows,operas etc,we weren't sure because none of the info boards was in English,but the real... More 

Thank Dukeking26
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

A huge and impressive castle dominating a charming little french village. The attraction itself is mostly about looking at the building with a few exhibitions inside - but not any properly made up rooms or much furniture inside. There are plenty of nice cafes to eat in, in the village for afterwards.

Thank Robin G
South Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We spent a whole afternoon here, exploring both the Chateau and the three exhibitions on at the time. We were pleasantly surprised after all the hype about the place that it was a good visit, too often the hype exceeds the visit. The history behind the building is well explained as are the visions of the architect.

Thank southwalesbirder
Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Like most medieval castles, Pierrefonds Castle stands proudly above the city on the top of the hill. One hour drive from Paris. This stronghold from 14th century became a ruin and was dismantled during 17th century, before being restored in 19th century. The result is an impressive medieval castle, in a perfect conservation status as it was restored. Many phantasmagoric... More 

Thank DeniZinho
Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

About 20 of us went on a day out there fantastic....€7.50 per adult kids go free a bargain...Well worth a visit you won't be disappointed 😀😀

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