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Address: Haras National du Pin | Haras national du Pin, 61310 Le Pin-au-Haras, France
Phone Number: 33233366868
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Pin National Stud -often known as the "Versailles of the...

The Pin National Stud -often known as the "Versailles of the Horse" - was built on the orders of Louis XIV in a verdant setting covering more than 1000 hectares (2500 acres). Here you can walk through the heart of buildings dating from the 18th century, including stables that house different breeds of horse, the saddlery of honour, and some exceptional horse-drawn carriages. Your visit continues on a route which allows you to explore stable no. 1, where you get to know more about the world of the horse and the Pin National Stud. The chateau, built at the beginning of the 18th century, houses some superb 17th century tapestries as well as animal paintings in its rooms. Come and watch the amazing shows of horses and carriages held at 3pm every Thursday between June and September, on Le Pin Thursdays. An artistic equestrian show also takes place in the stud riding arena, every Wednesday afternoon in April, and each weekend from May to mid-Septembre.

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A pleasant stopover if you have the time

I wasn't sure about this place but my wife wanted to stop. We saw the show and had a look through the museum. There was a little mix up with our tickets which we never got totally... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
ExpatAgainandAgain
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Chalon-sur-Saone, France
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Chalon-sur-Saone, France
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127 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

I wasn't sure about this place but my wife wanted to stop. We saw the show and had a look through the museum. There was a little mix up with our tickets which we never got totally sorted but otherwise a nice little diversion. For horse lovers this is the place to visit. For others, it it's a interesting stop.... More 

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Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

These beautiful stables are certainly worth a visit when you are in the area. The site is lovely and you can easily spend an afternoon wandering the place, doing the guided tour and watching one of the shows. The English guided tour was done by a very friendly Scottish lady, who obviously knew her way around the Haras. The tour... More 

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North Pole, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Loved the tour of Stallion Row. Wish we could have seen more of the farm but learned alot about Francés role in breeding. Would recommend for horse lovers and non horse lovers alike!

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Calgary, AB
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

While I think the facility and the horses are beautiful I was disappointed in the tour itself. The staff member we purchased our tickets from had a tiny bit of English-enough to indicate that there was no tour in English and since there were so many nationalities - German, Spanish, Italian, American they only do the tour in French!! When... More 

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Haras du Pin T, Responsable relations publiques at "Le Pin" national stud, responded to this review

Good Morning, Thank you for your visit and for the time that you have dedicated for this comment. During the World Equestrian Games, we had received many foreigners for guided-tours. Our guides have tried to give theirbest during the visit and fitting their tour to their public. When there are so many nationalities, they can't do the guided-tour in all... More 

Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We visited here on a Thursday in August and were not disappointed.There was an outdoor show in the afternoon with different horses and equestrian disciplines. The commentary was only in French, but that didn't seem to matter. In the morning there was time to look round. We had taken a picnic, but there was a café and gift shop. The... More 

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Alencon, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Haras du Pin was the first national stud farm built to provide France's king and his army with horses. Built around a charming 18th century castle overlooking the lands and woods of Le Pin. The stables house all of the french horse breeds used for sport and work. Today the stud is mostly a tourist attraction as the Haras... More 

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Carey Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

My last visit was probably in the seventies and I'm researching this because it is going to be part of my autobiography about my life in France and Italy in the sixties. The French national studs are truly out of this world and I was lucky enough to have first hand experience at a few of those in Normandy.

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

This had to be the highlight of my week in Normandy. We went on a Thursday so that we could take in the show which was out of this world. I am not usually known for emotional outbursts but the sheer beauty of the horses had me weeping. The standard of horsemanship was simply outstanding and despite my appalling French... More 

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Somerset
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

We had the best day out visiting Le Haras du Pin. Even if you are not a horse owner this is the most interesting place. You are able to see the horses in their stables and a groom gives you information about the various breeds of horse. The show on a Thursday during the summer months is spectacular. Superb horsemanship.... More 

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