Chateau de Pierrefonds
Chateau de Pierrefonds
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Dating back to the 15th century, the Chateau de Pierrefonds was comprehensively restored and altered by architect Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century to transform it into an imperial residence for Napoleon III. The chateaux often seems to have been specially built for a swashbuckling film with its richly varied painted and sculpted decors, its defensive system and drawbridge, walkways and drop-boxes, not to forget the two reconstructions of medieval siege engines. Open: > 2nd May to 4th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. > 5th September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed: > Mondays from 5th September to 30th April. > 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups.
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  • LeicestershireDex
    Broughton Astley, United Kingdom202 contributions
    Loved this pretty chateau
    Absolutely loved this Chateau. Like most Brits visiting I had seen the TV series Merlin and knew that this was the Chateau that was portrayed as Camelot. It looked so pretty on the TV I was wondering what it would actually look like. I wasn't disappointed. It is like a fairy tale. I learned that is was the inspiration for Disneys Sleeping Beauty. It was being renovated so one side of the building was completely covered with scaffolding. This didnt spoil it for me. Inside it is not "staged" like some chateau. I liked walking round and seeing if I could recognise any shots from the TV series! Its good value at 6E plus 3E for an audio guide. There is plenty of free parking around the village. We drove round after leaving to get a shot of the Chateau from a distance. Its not easy to find as lots of trees obscure the view. I wanted a shot where the scaffolding wasn't on view. I found one. I would recommend a visit. The staff there were also very friendly.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Tina1985
    United Kingdom10 contributions
    Excellent Chateau
    Spectacular Chateau, beautiful inside, and lovely and quiet. It’s quite bare inside but there are some enormous sculptures and lovely decor. We had a great couple of hours and the kids were really interested. We didn’t do the audio tour.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 4, 2023
  • LeicestershireDex
    Broughton Astley, United Kingdom202 contributions
    Beautiful picture postcard chateau.
    Absolutly loved this Château. Like most Brits visiting I had seen the TV series Merlin and knew that this was the Chateau that was portrayed as Camelot. It looked so pretty on the TV I was wondering what it would actually look like. I wasn't disappointed. It is like a fairy tale. I learned that is was the inspiration for Disneys Sleeping Beauty. It was being renovated so one side of the building was completely covered with scaffolding. This didnt spoil it for me. Inside it is not "staged" like some chateau. I liked walking round and seeing if I could recognise any shots from the TV series! Its good value at 6E plus 3E for an audio guide. There is plenty of free parking around the village. We drove round after leaving to get a shot of the Chateau from a distance. Its not easy to find as lots of trees obscure the view. I wanted a shot where the scaffolding wasn't on view. I found one. I would recommend a visit. The staff there were also very friendly
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 23, 2023
  • Taggert1
    Diss, United Kingdom290 contributions
    Day out
    An amazing place to visit for a few hours. If any complaint at all it would be that there is no onsite cafe to sit and have a rest and a drink. There are plenty of cafes in the village, however when your on your feet looking around its good to be able to sit rest and have a drink onsite. There is plenty to see, probably would not go with very young children but for adults its great.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 27, 2023
  • Delia B
    37 contributions
    Chateau de Pierrefonds, an unforgettable experience
    A fairytale castle, Chateau de Pierrefonds is a must-see. Not far from Paris, about an hour by car. Although it is not furnished there is a lot to see and lots of surprises. After playing an important role in the medieval ages it was in ruins for hundreds of years. Reimagined for Napoleon III by the prolific architect Viollet-le-Duc (he also renovated/saved Carcassonne and Vezelay, to name but two!) There was a very interesting expo Baroque Magic while we were there and down in the dungeons a quite eerie display of coffins depicting the lords and ladies who lie within! Incredible carved likenesses. There's even William the Conquerer at rest there. Allow at least an hour and half to visit the chateau. We can recommend eating at Chalet du Lac in Pierrefonds for lunch. The Chateau is about 5 mins walk from the restaurant.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 3, 2023
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Delia B
Chateau Chinon, France37 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
A fairytale castle, Chateau de Pierrefonds is a must-see. Not far from Paris, about an hour by car.

Although it is not furnished there is a lot to see and lots of surprises. After playing an important role in the medieval ages it was in ruins for hundreds of years. Reimagined for Napoleon III by the prolific architect Viollet-le-Duc (he also renovated/saved Carcassonne and Vezelay, to name but two!)

There was a very interesting expo Baroque Magic while we were there and down in the dungeons a quite eerie display of coffins depicting the lords and ladies who lie within! Incredible carved likenesses. There's even William the Conquerer at rest there.

Allow at least an hour and half to visit the chateau.

We can recommend eating at Chalet du Lac in Pierrefonds for lunch. The Chateau is about 5 mins walk from the restaurant.
Written December 3, 2023
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S9930AHmarkb
Vaumery, France63 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Been to quite a few chateau's, and can say this one is one of the best I have been to. So much to see, and surprises galore.
Written November 21, 2023
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Taggert1
Diss, UK290 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
An amazing place to visit for a few hours. If any complaint at all it would be that there is no onsite cafe to sit and have a rest and a drink. There are plenty of cafes in the village, however when your on your feet looking around its good to be able to sit rest and have a drink onsite.
There is plenty to see, probably would not go with very young children but for adults its great.
Written October 27, 2023
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Lorna
Stevenston, UK1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Family
A real delight of our week in France - such a beautiful and impressive building with lots to explore, made our visit really special and would recommend.
Written October 24, 2023
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LeicestershireDex
Broughton Astley, UK202 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Absolutly loved this Château. Like most Brits visiting I had seen the TV series Merlin and knew that this was the Chateau that was portrayed as Camelot. It looked so pretty on the TV I was wondering what it would actually look like. I wasn't disappointed. It is like a fairy tale. I learned that is was the inspiration for Disneys Sleeping Beauty. It was being renovated so one side of the building was completely covered with scaffolding. This didnt spoil it for me. Inside it is not "staged" like some chateau. I liked walking round and seeing if I could recognise any shots from the TV series! Its good value at 6E plus 3E for an audio guide. There is plenty of free parking around the village. We drove round after leaving to get a shot of the Chateau from a distance. Its not easy to find as lots of trees obscure the view. I wanted a shot where the scaffolding wasn't on view. I found one. I would recommend a visit. The staff there were also very friendly
Written October 23, 2023
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Tina1985
United Kingdom10 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Spectacular Chateau, beautiful inside, and lovely and quiet. It’s quite bare inside but there are some enormous sculptures and lovely decor. We had a great couple of hours and the kids were really interested. We didn’t do the audio tour.
Written September 4, 2023
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ShazzaPembs
Pembrokeshire, UK53 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Lovely little village. We visited on a Sunday and the market was on, French bric a brac. The chateau was amazing to see- so large!
Worth visiting!
Written August 27, 2023
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LeicestershireDex
Broughton Astley, UK202 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Absolutely loved this Chateau. Like most Brits visiting I had seen the TV series Merlin and knew that this was the Chateau that was portrayed as Camelot. It looked so pretty on the TV I was wondering what it would actually look like. I wasn't disappointed. It is like a fairy tale. I learned that is was the inspiration for Disneys Sleeping Beauty. It was being renovated so one side of the building was completely covered with scaffolding. This didnt spoil it for me. Inside it is not "staged" like some chateau. I liked walking round and seeing if I could recognise any shots from the TV series! Its good value at 6E plus 3E for an audio guide. There is plenty of free parking around the village. We drove round after leaving to get a shot of the Chateau from a distance. Its not easy to find as lots of trees obscure the view. I wanted a shot where the scaffolding wasn't on view. I found one. I would recommend a visit. The staff there were also very friendly.
Written July 5, 2023
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Starviagera
Florida2,125 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
An autodidact. A never lived on palace- great execution of the exhibit. Never heard of this place before. France has so many interesting places!
Written July 2, 2023
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New England Traveller
New England20 contributions
Dec 2022
My wife, myself, and my toddler wanted to see a medieval style castle. We were spending the week in Paris and were looking for options suitable for a daytrip. Le Chateau de Pierrefonds fit both criteria. The drive was easy, ~1 hour from central Paris, and quite a bit of it takes you through beautiful farmland, forest, countryside and small 'storybook-like' French villages.

The Chateau itself is a beautifully restored example of medieval castle architecture, and sits atop a hill overlooking the town of Pierrefonds - which itself had a few nice shops and restaurants to sample. Ample free parking is at the base of the castle, and it's a 2 minute walk up the hill to the main gate.

The castle is large - and dwarfs the town below it. As you walk up the path towards the central courtyard, you can see how formidable a structure it must have been for anyone considering an offensive run at it. Defensive structures and steep landscape surround it. On your way into the courtyard you'll even cross a restored drawbridge over a moat (my toddler thought this was fantastic).

Once in the courtyard, you enter the main buildings for the visit - which leads you through many rooms of different purposes...many exhibiting collections of the monument's previous owner and administration. The building itself is the most interesting part - and the variety of rooms is impressive...you'll even get to see a restored privy chamber. The visit itself takes about an hour or hour and a half if you take your time...less if you keep moving.

All in all, it was a lot of fun for my little girl who wanted to "see where real princesses once lived"... and for those looking to visit a castle of the 'classic' fortress look (as opposed to the ornate and gilded style of the Palais de Versailles, for example), this is your best bet in the environs of Paris. Great for a family outing or a reason to do some exploring outside of the city.
Written December 29, 2022
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