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Chateau de Pierrefonds

Address: rue Viollet-Le-Duc, 60350 Pierrefonds, France
Phone Number: 03 44 42 72 72
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Cultural
Owner description: Dating back to the 15th century, the Chateau de Pierrefonds was comprehensively restored and...
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Type: Castles, Cultural
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.
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Yateley, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The chateau at Pierrefonds dominates the town and is magnificently, and massively, grand. It's also Merlin's castle from the BBC series, although there is very little (if anything) in the chateau itself that plays on this link. We did a self-guided tour. The chateau was pretty much totally rebuilt in the 1800's and the majority of the rooms are unfurnished.... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Once you get there, it is fantastic. The best way to visit is with the tour group, because it is in the middle of nowhere and is challenging to get to by car. The grandest castle that I have seen in my entire life. You will find magic there, especially if you watched the series Merlin. It is sad that... More 

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Jenks, OK
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Chateau de Peirrefonds is breathtakingly beautiful...just make sure you get there before visiting hours close. We missed it by 30 minutes and could only view it from the outside, but it was still impressive. After you see it, go into town and enjoy the cheese and wine from the local merchants in the out door town center. One of the... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

If you are in Paris on vacation and have a day I highly recommend the Château Pierrefonds. If you live here it is a must see. It's about an hour and half from Paris by car and well worth the drive. The castle can be reached through a series of trains and buses, but I would highly recommend driving (worth... More 

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Bidford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Just fabulous, been a couple of times during various holidays in the area. Even traveled here from way over on the west once just to take some friends we were with. Even during renovations last year I wasn't disappointing.

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Cornishrebel
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9 reviews 9 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Visited here for a morning with family. I never watched 'Merlin' on BBC so I can't claim to have known anything about the chateau. We parked in the village beneath the chateau (free) and enjoyed the winding walk up to the entrance. €7.50 for adults and free for children. The shop is well worth a look. The tour is via... More 

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Westcliff-on-Sea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Parking is very easy at the base. However, it’s a bit of a climb (round and round the hill with a pretty steep final bit) to get to the entrance, but really well worth it. Some incredible sculptures & exhibits and the chateau itself is remarkable. Never seen Merlin so no idea about that aspect :)

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Although this was renovated in the 19th century, has very little furniture and does not take long to look around, my son was very happy to be in the place where the TV series Merlin was shot. The village of Pierrefonds is also a pretty spot (especially if you have come from the more modern, less hilly, war damaged towns... More 

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Andresy, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

As a family trip we visited the castle on a nice sunny autumn day. It is beautiful castle and village to spend the day. Don't forget to have a drink at the lake and enjoy the view. The castle it self is worth the visit a nice walk up with nice views. This is all for free. If you have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I am a couple to late posting this, I went to Pierrefords a couple of years ago, I had seen this castle in Merlin the bbc series and as I quite like Historical stuff I really wanted to go and see this castle, So I went to paris and got a train and I had decided to stay in Pierrfords... More 

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