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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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Description: 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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Gorgeous castle

I love this chateau. It really is a fairy-tale castle with turrets and carvings everywhere. It's also been used in filming, most recently Merlin. Be sure and walk the grounds... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I love this chateau. It really is a fairy-tale castle with turrets and carvings everywhere. It's also been used in filming, most recently Merlin. Be sure and walk the grounds, too. Very pretty area.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Steep walk up to castle not great for buggy which then is not allowed to go around castle (lots of steps) so a sling would be preferable if you had a very small person but this would be only negative thing to say, if using wheelchair or similar I would contact them before journey as not sure how access would... More 

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Compiegne, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I visited the village of Pierrefonds on a school exchange in 1979 ... and never got to go to the château (castle, not stately home). I've never actually seen more than trailers for Merlin, so I can't speak for that. However, as we went round this afternoon,we got the strong feeling that even if it was not used as a... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This is a great castle for kids and adults to visit. You can imagine the Dragons, Pricesses and Knights who say Ni ! Small enough to easily see and fascinating enough to keep you looking everywhere.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This was suggested to us by Eurocamp reps and I am glad they did. Castle itself built in the 1300's allowed to fall into disrepair then rebuilt and opened as museum by Louis. The walk to the entrance is quite long either up a very steep incline or a more gentle but winding path, I chose the latter as it... More 

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Dundalk, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Gorgeous location and great tour loved the building and the history especially the toilet!!!! Town is lovely but deli there very expensive but did not stop me buying quiche, garlic potatoes and cooked chicken!!!! oh and some pastries :)

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Southport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

A fabulous, well kept chateau. I would highly recommend a visit here. It was 7 euros for me to get in and the kids went free!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I have visited this castle twice in the past few years and it never fails to be an entertaining visit and remarkably good value. The "modern" castle was build/designed by Viollet-le-Duc in the 1850s on the site of a ruined castle. It was commissioned by Napoleon III who wanted an impressive imperial building.it is a fantastic building and it looks... More 

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Stonehaven, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We visited Pierrefonds on a trip south through France, it was beyond all our expectations. We loved the Merlin series, to see where it was filmed was sublime. The building was immense, imposing, majestic. You cannot fully express the overpowering size ans majesty of the incredible castle. It really has to be visited!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The castle was beautiful. It's interior was very cool, it's courtyard magnificent. The exterior was amazing to see. The coolest part was since we watches the BBC show Merlin, which was filmed here. We could see many of the areas we recognized from the series. Highly reccomended.

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