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Pau Castle

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Address: 2, Rue du Chateau, 64000, Pau, France
Phone Number: 05 59 82 38 00
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9:30 am - 11:45 am
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 11:45 am
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Nice Castle

Visited during the christmas holiday and unfortunately the castle was closed. Managed to walk around the courtyard but did not get the chance to visit inside. However, i still... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Francisca L
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Miri, Malaysia
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Miri, Malaysia
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66 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited during the christmas holiday and unfortunately the castle was closed. Managed to walk around the courtyard but did not get the chance to visit inside. However, i still like my visit as the castle itself and the little garden is nice and well maintanined. Will definitely return for a visit.

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

if you get to PAU you should really get to visit this fantastic castle....but the only thig is that if you dont speak french you will have serious probelem to get to understand what is all about...french people are non really open to tourist needs...and i find this so arrogante!!!what can we do?we are not forced to learn french to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Went here on a lovely sunny day with a group of friends before we headed back to Toulouse. The castle was fascinating to observe and enjoyed the experience. It was a nice walk around these scenic parts

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Thank Liam C
Valencia, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

did aguided tour, although it was in french we managed to grasp quite a bit. lovely place in a nice area of the city

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Thank neiledds1
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful castle and beautiful quarter to walk about with kids. It may have been because it was a Sunday bit we couldn't find hardly any shop or bakery open.

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Port Alberni, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Pau Castle, aka Chateau Henry IV, was the home of the first Bourbon King. It has been beautifully restored and is lavishly furnished. Especially notable are the exquisite tapestries covering the walls of almost every room. Wonderfully knowledgeable guide gave a fascinating talk that gave insight into the lives and times of the kings of Navarre and later, of France.

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Pau, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Nice gardens although small, but connected to a big long park. Great views of the castle from the other side of the bridge (with it in the foreground and the river too). The museum is nice too (7 euros) and the visit lasts 1h15. The rooms are impressive.

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Thank Dam E
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

A classic chateau but with a great deal of history. Excellent guide and what a place in Pau - it has to be a must

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

The château is located in the centre of Pau and dominates that quarter of the city. It was once used by Napoleon as a holiday home during his period of power. It has a small garden that was tended by Marie Antoinette when she spent much of the summer in the city. Totally immaculate n beautifully preserved. The unfortunate about... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Superb building that is well worth a visit, dominates the old town. Apparently Napoleon stayed here at some point - you can see why.

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