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Address: Nr. Rue Maurice Dechy, 78120 Rambouillet, France
Phone Number: 01 34 83 00 25
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Wed - Mon 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Description: Over the course of time the 14th century fortified castle has been home to...
Over the course of time the 14th century fortified castle has been home to a number of illustrious personnages who gradually transformed it into a delightful residence acquired by Louis XVI. The royal estate is now a presidential residence, open to the public and used at intervals to receive heads of state invited to France. It contains some magnificent examples of interior decoration, such as the marble chambers, the rococo decorations in the “Marie-Antoinette” apartments or those used by Napoleon in neo-Pompeian style. It is surrounded by a formal garden, canals and five islands. The visit includes the castle, the Queen’s Dairy and the shell cottage. Site with the "Outstanding Garden" label. Open:> 1st April to 30th September: from 9.50 a.m. to noon and from 1.50 p.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st October to 31st March: from 9.50 a.m. to noon and from 1.50 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed:> Tuesdays.> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th november and 25th december. Admission fees: Adults : 7,5€; 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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We walked down to the park after our visit to the excellent Model railway museum. We did not go into the chateau, which was being renovated, swathed in sheets of plastic at the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Llantwit Major, United Kingdom
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213 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We walked down to the park after our visit to the excellent Model railway museum. We did not go into the chateau, which was being renovated, swathed in sheets of plastic at the front, but attractive at the back. The gardens and water features are pleasant to explore, though unfortunately we could not find our way around the large lake,... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The chateau, originally a privately held fortified mansion, is surrounded by one of the most famous forests in France and dates back to 1368. The forest of Rambouillet is immense with its 200 square kilometers and is located 50 km southwest of Paris. Many important events have occurred here over the years. The Chevalier King Francis I died there in... More 

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Southport, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

that's all i'm saying very weird France closes for lunch just crazy. May I ask why?! What is the thought behind such ludicrousy.

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Pasadena, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We were driving back from our morning in Chartre and stumbled upon this palace. Wish we had more time to explore the extensive gardens. Quite a nice place.

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Little Marlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Amazing place, Great Chateau, lots of birds. Try going there when the river is frozen, Stunning views.

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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I lived in this town for seven months, so I'm slightly biased on what I considered "my hometown castle." I took the French tour with a friend, and though I didn't understand 100% of everything that was said, what struck me the most was the time-capsule-esque of this castle. You'll walk from room to room traveling from the reign of... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We had checked the train connections and Chateau details carefully and even phoned the Tourist Office the day before to check it was open and the President not in residence. Once in the town we again checked with the Tourist Office next to the Chateau, who confirmed only guided visits were allowed and the next English one was at 11... More 

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London
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

On the face of it, this should have been a very interesting trip - the French President's country chateau where numerous international conferences have been held, set in beautiful gardens only 35 minutes from Paris by train. It was, however, surprisingly difficult to get to see it. There were no organised tours that I could find (compare that to the... More 

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San Gabriel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This was an incredibly beautiful Chateau and the tour of the building was most enjoyable. The grounds are a special treat and a picnic on one of the beautiful grassy areas is a must. Also plan a visit to the Shell House and the Dairy. We were lucky to see an antique car display during our visit.

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Rueil-Malmaison, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The castle is nice, although not spectacular. However, the most interesting feature is the explanations by the guide. The guide is great (although she could speak a little louder...) If you do not speak French, I frankly do not recommend this castle.

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