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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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Good day trip

We arrived an hour before it closed, but was able to view all the areas. Lots of history, beautiful area, and very lovely town.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived an hour before it closed, but was able to view all the areas. Lots of history, beautiful area, and very lovely town.

Thank Kris H
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So, I've been living in France for four months now, and all of my colleagues had been plaguing me about going here, and I never really understood why. But last weekend, I bit the bullet, and I was NOT disappointed. This castle is amazing. It is a rebuild, but it is so impressive. My friend and I got in for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For those of you who watched BBCs Merlin this is the castle. We were there on a rainy day but that didn't matter. Plenty to see inside and out. Although much of it has been restored it has been sympathetically done. Just standing in the inside courtyard gives you a tremendous sense of history. It was very quiet when we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We planned this visits, the village area is surrounded by open land and forest. As you drive into the village it's really creates an aroma of how life who of looked like with the traditional building and cobbled road, through the village leading up to the castle on a hillside. The castle it self was amazing, loved seeing traditional props... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I have not been inside, but had the chance to walk around. It is HUGHE maybe I will stop by again the next time, and get in! :)

Thank Gabor P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Stopped here after visiting Chateau de Chantilly in the morning. As many have said, this is a restoration in process. As such, there aren't a lot to see in the interior when we were there. Not sure if they closed certain sections or what. Walking the exterior is more interesting, therefore, spring/summer would be ideal time to see this. Being... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

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

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

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 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

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.

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