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Pau Castle

2, Rue du Chateau, 64000 Pau, France
05 59 82 38 00
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Ranked #3 of 14 Attractions in Pau
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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Melbourne, Australia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
11 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

One can only visit the castle as part of a guided tour. The tours are only in French. They do provide a short guide in English; however, this barely cover a fraction of the information provided by the guide. The tour last over one hour, and as such it becomes very tideous to stand around listening to the detailed description... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Only guided tour overpriced 7 euro (child not pay). Tour is in French and one can ask for a paper translation. Tour was 1h + 30 min and we were obliged to annoy as reading is more quicker than that... Children were offset completely of so long tour. One suggestion for management of this place is to make another guided... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The castle is stunning, including wonderful tapestries, furniture and architecture. To the every great detriment of non-French speaking tourists, however, the only way to actually see it is on a strictly regimented tour with a French guide, meaning you're stuck for about ten minutes in every room listening to incomprehensible commentary. Don't speak French? Don't bother.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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296 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Pau Castle is a decent place. It's nothing special but worth a quick visit if you're in town. It's located not to far from the centre so easy to get to.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The Birthplace of Henry IV of France. Interesting Place Superb tour (but in French) for 7 euros each. Lovely building.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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42 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The most interesting building was the 12th century donjon. There were many later additions so there is a mix of architecture. The castle is famous as the birthplace of Henri IV (1553) and many rooms are filled with Goeblin tapestries. It is a nice place to spent and hour or so. Our English speaking guide was very nice and gave... More

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Saarbrucken, Germany
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The castle does not have very special arcitecture, but is full of very nice historic gobelins. It was a residence of the King Henry IV, even though he grew up in another chateau some miles away (you can still see it, but it's a private property and closed for visits). In the castle of Pau you'l finde some authentic things... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We were given a personal guided tour of this very well maintained castle and well worth making the effort to visit.

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Pau, France
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

situated on the centre ville, this chateaux de pau is a landmark of pau. where one of the france king, if i am not mistaken king henry iv, born and grow up.... not much too see inside as the chateaux is relatively small compare to chambord or other big castle in the center of france. there is a free guide... More

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shepherdstown wv
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83 reviews 83 reviews
32 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

I've made it a passion of mine to visit castles all over Europe, and while this one is interesting, it does not rank at the top of my list! For one thing, there were no English speaking guides, and you must take the tour, no matter what language the guide is speaking. It seemed to go on and on, and... More

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