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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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Pau's Crown Jewel

The Castle of Pau is a beautiful building recently restored and that is definitely worth the visit. It provides a pretty good overview of the era of the Kings of Navarre and their... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Castle of Pau is a beautiful building recently restored and that is definitely worth the visit. It provides a pretty good overview of the era of the Kings of Navarre and their influence on French politics. It is the birthplace of King Henri IV but in fact, he almost never lived there But his mother, the Queen of Navarre... More 

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Pau, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A large part of my group were non-French speaking so the guide's enthusiasm quickly became exhausting as he went into rapture's over various bits of furniture in each room. A one hour visit turned into almost two. No one could escape since we were locked into each room. That being said, this is the 3rd time I have visited the... More 

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Toulouse, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

You can only visit the inside of the Castle with a guided tour -- and, as I had back/leg problems, I was unable to walk around very much. But my hubby went on the tour and said he thoroughly enjoyed it. Must say that it is very impressive from the outside!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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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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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
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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
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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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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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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
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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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