Chateau of Rambouillet
Chateau of Rambouillet
3.5
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Over the course of time the 14th century fortified castle has been home to a number of illustrious personnages who gradually transformed it into a delightful residence acquired by Louis XVI. The royal estate is now a presidential residence, open to the public and used at intervals to receive heads of state invited to France. It contains some magnificent examples of interior decoration, such as the marble chambers, the rococo decorations in the “Marie-Antoinette” apartments or those used by Napoleon in neo-Pompeian style. It is surrounded by a formal garden, canals and five islands. The visit includes the castle, the Queen’s Dairy and the shell cottage. Site with the "Outstanding Garden" label. Open:> 1st April to 30th September: from 9.50 a.m. to noon and from 1.50 p.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st October to 31st March: from 9.50 a.m. to noon and from 1.50 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed:> Tuesdays.> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th november and 25th december. Admission fees: Adults : 7,5€; 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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Victorianlad
Melbourne, Australia17,173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
We travelled by stopping all stations slow but cheap suburban train and then transferred to a bus for the last two kilometres at minimal cost.

The chateau was impressive with beautifully historic rooms. It did not have many visitors other than a group of 30 French senior citizens.

The photo opportunity externally was wrecked by a tradesman's vehicle parked in front.

The adjacent lake and gardens were peaceful, and the sweeping long shaded entrance most imposing.
Written November 16, 2022
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I9399XMcolinw
Hednesford, UK19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
English Translations would help. They are Jean to take your entrance money, but there is no English audio or no descriptions in any other language than French. If you want tourists to visit and give you good reviews then you should take this comment onboard.
Written August 7, 2022
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Traveller masis
Istanbul, Türkiye239 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
It's not a very big chateau but the architecture and the gardens are worth seeing. To reach the chateau from Paris, take the Transilien N from Gare Montparnass. It takes about 1 hour. Then you have to walk 15 minutes from Rambouillet station to the chateau. Entrance costs 9.5€ but there isn't much to see in the chateau.
Written January 26, 2020
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IpanemaBoy
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Friends
After the huge crowds of Versailles this afternoon visit was a delight! A short trip by train from Montparnasse ( take any train direction Chartres), walk through the small town and you arrive at this beautiful ( and restful ) small chateau with perfectly kept gardens and park.
This country retreat of the French president is not overwhelming neither will it exhaust you with endless salons. Just right for a relaxed tour and a glass of wine afterwards at one of the many cafés just ouside the gates. Will be helpful if you speak some french for the guide did not speak much english. There is a leaflet in english that explains the rooms and with a map of the park.
Enjoy your sfternoon!
Written May 13, 2014
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JANDDBritinParis
Aberdeen, UK741 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The tour of this castle is guided and in French but do not let this put you off. You are provided with an English language leaflet. The chateau is very interesting as is the heads of states accommodation upstairs but the jewel in the crown is undoubtedly Marie Antoinette's fairs and Princess Lamballe's shell cottage. Neither are anything special from the outside but inside WOW!
The park (which is free) is charming, lots of lakes, streams and stone bridges.
The town itself is pleasant and has a good Saturday market.
Definitely worth a visit
Written July 2, 2012
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winwander
Brisbane, Australia81 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
We had checked the train connections and Chateau details carefully and even phoned the Tourist Office the day before to check it was open and the President not in residence. Once in the town we again checked with the Tourist Office next to the Chateau, who confirmed only guided visits were allowed and the next English one was at 11 am and once through the Chateau rooms the guide would continue through the Dairy and Shell Cottage. So we went into the Chateau, bought the tickets and the tour began - in French!!!' It was a waste of time and contrary to the earlier advice/ misinformation. Then at the conclusion of the Chateau rooms at noon, we were told to come back at 2.30 to tour the Dairy and Shell Cottage - in French again! No, we were so distressed we simply gave up. This Chateau is not as impressive as Malmaison which belonged to Napoleon and Josephine, is beautifully furnished and tended and has multi lingual audio guides free with the ticket purchase. My advice is to visit Chateau Malmaison especially if you have limited time in Paris.
By the way, be warned that the train station office also closes for lunch for at least an hour and you cannot get onto the platform through the steel ticket reading machines with a Eurail Pass.

Overall we were disappointed with the level of misinformation and poor provision of advice everywhere. If multi lingual audio guides were made available and the visit times fixed it would have made this a worthwhile visit.
Written August 29, 2014
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Susan8552
London426 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
On the face of it, this should have been a very interesting trip - the French President's country chateau where numerous international conferences have been held, set in beautiful gardens only 35 minutes from Paris by train. It was, however, surprisingly difficult to get to see it. There were no organised tours that I could find (compare that to the hundreds of tour companies that do trips to nearby Versailles) so you have to go under your own steam. That's not difficult (35 minutes from Montparnasse station) but when you get to Rambouillet, there are few signs to help you orient yourself and find your way to the chateau itself. You can only see inside via a guided tour and when you get there you find that all of these are in French. At this point we gave up. To be fair, the gardens are very elegant and make for pleasant strolling and the town itself looks prosperous and pretty, but it really is a very difficult place to visit if you don't speak French.
Written August 15, 2014
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MiaGlobetrotter
Paris, France1,055 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
This château and pleasant town are an easy drive from Paris or you can also easily take the train there. The château is right next to the town so very practical. There are lots of small shops, bars and restaurants in Rambouillet. If you want to do a picnic instead, there is a small grocery store on one corner not far from the Hotel de Ville where you can buy the necessary. There is also a tourist office next to the Hotel de Ville and the parking lot is free on Sundays.

You can only take guided tours to visit the château interior but it is good value. Adult tickets were 8.50 EUR. The château tour part lasts 45 minutes. The energetic and enthusiastic female guide (in French) that we had was excellent. She really enjoyed sharing the history and stories (which President had the underground passage closed, which President moved the library to the Elysée, etc.). She was even apologetic that the tour was so short. Highlights included the marble room; Napoleon’s bathroom and Marie-Antoinette’s boudoir. It is a bit disappointing not to be able to take photos inside but this is for security reasons since it is a current French Presidential summer residence (and closed when the President is there, but which is not very often at all apparently). However, the château has a small gift shop where you can buy postcards or books.

Then you have 15 minutes to walk up to Marie Antoinette’s dairy (built as a surprise for her) where another guide awaits you. It is a good little hike so be prepared for that, or else you can take your car up if you don’t want to walk. The guided visit to the dairy and to the shell cottage takes another 45minutes. Both buildings don’t look like much from the outside but the interiors are fabulous so do not miss these two little jewels!

The entire grounds are really beautiful, from the structured French garden of the château to the English garden further out. There were lots of colorful flowers in the structured French garden and the vegetation hanging from the château is very picturesque. The entire château grounds merit a good long walk. There are many water points with geese, ducks and swans. It is really one of the most pleasant château gardens I’ve been in. You don’t have the crowds of Versailles and in nice sunny weather this place is really lovely. The National Sheep Farm nearby, built in 1805, also merits a visit. They have a nice big shop selling local products that will certainly tempt you.

The whole experience was far more interesting than I had anticipated. I was just expecting to have a nice day out but it was also a great French history lesson!
Written August 16, 2012
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AnnInPittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA115 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Couples
When you're in the city of Rambouillet, be sure to stop at the famous Chateau near the center of town. There's food and parking just outside of the Town Hall which shares the square with the gates to the Chateau and its magnificent gardens.

Enter the garden gates and go through the imposing Chateau gates to the main doorway. Entrance to the gift shop is up a few stairs where one can inquire about tour tickets (7 euros each). The staff was very helpful and spoke English as best they could. The Chateau is open for several hours in the morning and again in the afternoon, but closed during lunch. It's closed on Tuesdays.

If you are an English speaker, see if you can get an English-speaking tour guide. Sometimes one is available, and sometimes not. This was my second tour of the Chateau (sadly, the first one was in French and I missed a great deal). This time, the tour was led by a British born gentleman who told many excellent stories about the aged structure, gardens and forests, and its place in history.

Beware -- there are many, many steps involved in the tour so those with strollers or other wheels will need to leave them outside. Also, there is no photography allowed in the Chateau because it still serves as an official State residence (it has been described as the French version of America’s "Camp David" -- an official getaway place for government visitors and officials -- and if officials are in town, the Chateau and gardens are closed to the public for security reasons, though I understand that such visits are uncommon).

A few highlights: The marble-encased hunting room on the ground floor (the guide said the cost of the marble was so extraordinary that it nearly bankrupted one set of owners); The vaulted Tudor-style guest room in the only turret, which is used today to house dignitaries who are lucky enough to stay there; The spacious circular bedroom at the top of the narrow steps where King Francis I died; The role of the forests as favorite hunting grounds for more than one King Louis; The occasional window fasteners that still bear Napoleon's "N" (some were removed by a subsequent owner who wasn't a Napoleon fan); The missing wing of the Chateau which was blown up by a Napoleon-appointed renovator, who decided instead to begin leveling the entire Chateau, and was promptly sacked by Napoleon himself but too late to save the wing that’s now missing. Notice the Chateau’s odd shape -- it somewhat resembles the number 4.

Check out the gardens and forests. There is an extensive network of paths that are perfect for hikers and bikers, but you can also enjoy the landscaping by strolling along the garden paths that run toward the center of town. There's lots of statuary tucked in among the trees, too. The lake has several islands that nobles once visited by boat (one was home to chickens, another goats), and the flowers, in season are lovely.

The Rambouillet Tourist Bureau is located on the city's main square, just outside the Chateau’s garden gates and the staff there has been extremely helpful to me on several occasions. I've often found English speaking staff there and they've gone way out of their way to help me explore their city. On this trip, I rented from them a GPS unit to guide my companions and me (in English) from one spot to the next around the Chateau, gardens, and other sites in Rambouillet (5 euros).

If you're in town, check out the Chateau. It's awesome.
Written July 21, 2011
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GGGClub
Toorak, Australia1,493 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Beautiful castle and surrounding gardens. You can go and spend a couple of hours there, walking, driving buggies around and enjoying the property.
A place to know if you are around Rambouillet.
Written August 22, 2020
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