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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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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I wanted to get out of Paris and this made a good day trip. I had been watching the BBC Merlin series on Netflix and was so excited to see that it was filmed at Pierrefonds. The first glimpse of the turrets above the trees of the town was really magical. It has a storybook quality to it. There are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful Chateau. This is a stunning place to spend a few hours searching through the grand chateau.

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This château is spectacular! To get in you have to walk up a driveway that follows the outer walls, it is on an incline, but worth it when you get to the entrance. The entrance fee is very reasonable at 7 euros each, we were greeted by an attendant who offered us an English explanation. You follow the signs and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Very impressive, it was better than we expected - driving into the town/village seeing it situated on top of the hill was a highlight in itself, definitely recommend a visit !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Lovely chateau which is has an interesting history. Kids enjoyed spotting the bits in merlin they recognised and getting scared in the crypt exhibition. Overall for €7 for an adult and free for kids it's an excellent few hours. The town is also lovely and if you head past the boating lake on your right you come to free parking... More

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

What a wonderful piece of history and architecture. As you enter the village you just see this wonderful chateau (almost like in the film chitty chitty bang bang). Not expensive entrance fee 7euros and under 18s are free. My son of 10 enjoyed it (which amazed me!). A leaflet explains the rooms and what they were used for - walking... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

This chateau is located north-east of Paris and was a convenient detour on my drive from Paris to Belgium. The chateau was gorgeous and really worth the visit. I was one of only a handful of tourists there, so all the photos I took where of the castle only (no people in the way).

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Alford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Great place to visit, views are wonderful and Chateau amazing. Lovely to visit with the kids the had a real adventure.

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Derby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We went to break the journey from Disney to Calais as we all love the Merlin TV show. All of the exhibitions are labelled in French but there are leaflets in English telling you what you need to know. They are in a stand on the left as you enter the main courtyard. We had a lovely few hours wandering... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This was our second visit to the castle (last one 4 years ago) and third to the town (also went last year). There is lots to see here and it is very reasonably priced (under 18s are free!). There is a medieval fair in the town during the penultimate weekend in August. There are lots of stalls and some jousting,... More

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