Chateau de Tiffauges

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Chateau de Tiffauges

Chateau de Tiffauges
4.5
Temporarily closedClosed until Apr 1, 2022
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The largest medieval fortress in the region, wonderful shows and entertainments, conservatory and medieval war machines unique in Europe!This castle of Gilles de Rais, companion of Jeanne d’Arc, since the twelfth century occupies a strategic position on the borders of the old provinces of Anjou, Brittany and Poitou.Fascinating, the castle is full of secrets and inspired the legend of Bluebeard...
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Jennifer H
Gosport, UK8 contributions
Aug 2019
What a gem of a place. We visited mid August as part of holiday by car. Parking was easy they have 3 free car parks we parked in number 2 and had a lovely little stroll to the castle along the river. What a day for €25 for a family of 6 we werent disappointed. They run a series of shows (in French) throughout the day, dont miss the main arena shows they are up close and personal. My oldest daughter and I were quite taken by the horse riders!!! We saw afew different performances and it really brought the castle to life, ok my French is limited but you could get the idea and we got a guide in English which I read later. Gift shop great the children all got items at a reasonable price. All the children, including our 3 year old got to shoot a crossbow which was nearly as tall as her! The older ones also fired an arrow. A very hands on visual learning day which we all enjoyed. Walk back to the car enhanced by spotting several lizards on the path wall. Food was available to buy but we had a pack lunch, plenty of table space.
Written September 8, 2019
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MAYEMICH
Luxembourg147 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
Spent a few hours in this castle but that was not enough. A whole afternoon would have been better. There are so many activities and shows.The show with the horses and battles is really amazing. Was really my best visit in Vendée this summer.
Written September 8, 2019
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Sam S
Leeds11 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
This chateaux puts English heritage to shame: cheap family entry at 24euros and lots of activities and spectacles to keep the family entertained. An enjoyable afternoon and although well attended it wasn’t overly busy so no difficulty to see the shows.
Written August 17, 2019
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Eric P
Bordeaux, France153 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
We visited the castle with two of our grand children after having spent a day in Puy du Fou, 25km away. We were extremely well surprised. The shows are very professional, entertaining and delighted the children. We were close to the scene, almost touching the horses. Very interesting stories as well. Some English people may not appreciate the reference to the middle-aged wars between our 2 kingdoms. We had a fantastic day. Congratulations to the groups who created he shows.
Highly recommended for families or grandparents with grand children
Written July 16, 2019
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Bill B
Huddersfield, UK64 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
Tiffauges is a castle with a rich and interesting history, which is brought to life with animations throughout the day from a great team. From demonstrations of trebuchets and siege towers and cranes to a fantastic show of jousting and games and swordplay.
The kids (and big kids) get to fire crossbows and longbows and there is a medieval play area for the kids. There is also a cabin that sells hot and cold drinks and sandwiches; very reasonably priced. Booked tickets online for this before the holiday and at 24€ for a family of 5, its a bargain.
Written August 8, 2018
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Phil B
London, UK19 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
We visited the Chateau with young children and found it a delightful and welcoming place.

It’s very affordable - certainly when compared to Puy de Fou! But the jousting and knights were equally fantastic.

There is plenty to see and do - in a manageable setting. A useful cafe too - which is helpful as picnics are not allowed.

Tiffauges is a lovely place and well worth a visit if you’re in those parts.
Written August 4, 2018
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Karen B
Wales, UK31 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Very well informed and good walking around the grounds, there is a nice cafe within the grounds, staff are very friendly. Would definately come here again.
Written July 10, 2018
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Jerry H
United Kingdom3 contributions
Aug 2017
Nice castle and really French styled village very near by, excellent for lunch and watching the world go by.
Written June 20, 2018
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Iweinvanaalst
Lille, Belgium550 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
Tiffauges castle is marked by three great building campaigns :

At the start of the twelfth century Geoffroy de Thouars orders the construction of the keep, the gatehouse and the great curtain wall. His successors dot the enclosure with flanking towers.

In 1422 Catherine de Thouars marries Gilles de Rais. The latter ads a floor to the keep and isolates it from the rest of the site. He also erects a manor in the center of the great courtyard.

At the start of the sixteenth century the north front is strengthened with two massive artillery towers. A fortified barrier enables the defenders to flood the area.

The stronghold is badly damaged by fire in 1569 after capture by the catholic faction. Richelieu orders the curtain wall and towers to be slighted in 1626.

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Present day the ruins of Tiffauges castle are a highlight of Brittany and offer a fantastic day out for the whole family at a very sharp price ; tremendous value for money !

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History buffs like myself will enjoy both films relating the history and architectural development of the site. Outstanding 3D reconstruction techniques make you relive the heydays of the fortress.

Upon arrival visitors receive a free guidebook. They can also participate in a guided tour, lasting about one hour. Our guide Raphael proved very knowledgeable, friendly and open to questions.

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Children can enjoy a special guided tour tailored to their needs. They might equally have a go at jousting or shooting crossbow or try some old local games.

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Three large spectacles including jousting, sword fighting, archery and siege engines top all the above. They reminded us of nearby Le Puy du Fou (recently elected best theme park in Europe) and are of equal quality.

They alternate with shorter demonstrations - such as of a medieval crane or a defensive catapult – in which the audience is invited to participate.

Staff all wear period costume and are highly motivated and professional.
Written September 14, 2017
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Joseph W
1 contribution
Aug 2017 • Family
Went with young family - boys aged 5, 3, 1. Enjoyed exploring the place, however the stand out really was the show which was different level. It was peeing it down with rain but the performers still went guns blazing and put on a great show including sword fights, siege weapons and horsemanship. Boys loved it. Kids are free below 6 and adults €8 each. No food can be purchased inside however so bring a picnic or head into the town to the pizza place which we did and was decent.
Written August 30, 2017
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