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Pau Castle

Address: 2, Rue du Chateau, 64000 Pau, France
Phone Number: 05 59 82 38 00
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Ranked #2 of 11 Attractions in Pau
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Attraction details
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 11:45 am
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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144 reviews 144 reviews
72 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Well it would be rude and silly not to visit and it is just lovely and wonderfully well presented. A must for lovers of the French Royal Family and big castles. However this little town also gave birth to the Frenchman who became King of Sweden - which because it is so quirky I found more charming. BUT do not... More 

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Naples, Florida
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412 reviews 412 reviews
218 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We visited during heritage days so free admission but very crowded. We still had a very enjoyable visit. We were able to walk through at our own pace without having to take a tour.The main courtyard is dug up with refurbishment work but the interior is in excellent condition. The Chateau concentrates on the reign of Henri IX with lots... More 

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Carlsbad, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

castle was great. no English docent but English tour packet provided. Go in morning because we were tired at the end of the tiour.

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Moscow, Russia
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Actually the castle been build as Medichi residence, and the place is impressive. Even after years it s still have an old charm, you can easily imagine how is was 200 year ago. And view from the castle is just amazing!!!

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Chicago area
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104 reviews 104 reviews
28 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Tours are only in French and you must join a tour to visit. That said, they give you a nice printed guide in English to follow along. Our tour guide was very charming and went out of his way to provide some embellishments in English. Very beautiful property and beautifully restored.

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New York City, New York
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135 reviews 135 reviews
102 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Well preserved and interesting to tour. Spend time with the tapestries - superbly kept in the castle. Enjoy the grounds and many artifacts.

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Cleveland, Ohio
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Tour guide was very knowledgable about the history and gave several personal stories about the chateaux. He was amusing as well. They keep the number of visitors on a tour to a lower number so that everyone can enjoy and take amble pictures. Also to be able to hear the tour guide be able to ask questions.

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Melbourne, Australia
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92 reviews 92 reviews
12 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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