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Address: 2, Rue du Chateau, 64000 Pau, Communaute d'Agglomeration Pau-Pyrenees, France
Phone Number: +33 5 59 82 38 00
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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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Louis-Philippe, who held dear the celebration of French historical...

Louis-Philippe, who held dear the celebration of French historical memorabilia, wanted Pau, so linked to the memory of Henri IV, to be part of this artistic programme, and a major contribution to his political credibility. Himself unable to visit the site, the king kept abreast of the work at his Bearnaise residence, while the Dukes of Orléans, Némours and Montpensier were entertained there with all due ceremony. The important purveyors to the Crown created an original suite of furniture in the then fashionable neo-gothic and neo-renaissance style for the chateau of Pau. These furnishings are an example of the authentic decoration of a royal abode under the July Monarchy. The tapestries on show at the château of Pau are, virtue of their number and quality, one of the most valuable collections in France.

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This well preserved chateau is really worth while visit if you are in Pau. The home of the King Henri IV the the chateau arguably boasts some of the best preserved tapestries in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 17, 2016
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Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

The grounds of the chateau are beautiful, as is the interior. However, after having toured several other castles and similar dwellings, this was a bit of a let down for us. We joined a tour that lasted an hour, which is the only way in which you can see the interior. Unfortunately the guide only spoke french, which is understandable... More 

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Dover
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

Lovely chateau with some amazing furnishings and superbly well preserved tapestries but a long and loud guide in French. A paper translation offered but attempt at English. Still worthwhile but allow a good 90 minutes

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

Unfortunately we didn't have time to visit properly ; friends who were with us reported they gave up on it when the only option to visit was to take a lengthy guided tour in French ! This may not be the norm but it was that day . Interesting as the birthplace of Henri de Navarre subsequently Henri Quatre of... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

I joined a Spanish-speaking tour - it was well worth it - the guide was fabulous. Its mandatory to take a tour, which is about 50 mins long.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

If you are a French speaker then you could perhaps enjoy the long tour talks. To their credit they give you a few pages in English, but unless this is your first chateau experience I think you'll be bored. It does have some interesting rooms, but a tour on your own with an audio guide would have been better.

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

A scenic and historic castle which was the birthplace of King Henry 111 of Navarre, who became King Henry 1V of France. He was one of the best loved kings of France. The Chateau still contains his cradle. It also has other historic fitments and articles, including tapestries.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

This well preserved chateau is really worth while visit if you are in Pau. The home of the King Henri IV the the chateau arguably boasts some of the best preserved tapestries in France. This medieval castle boasts many myths surrounding Henri (the tortoise shell is a particularly interesting). Unlike some French castles there is a great deal to see... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

Very rich content, good guide but too short. It seems that we have access only to one third of the castle.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

This castle was extensively renovated by Napoleon III,so much so that very little remains of the original. The good news is that it is now decorated with an amazing collection of tapestries that used to be kept in the reserves of the French State. They are in excellent condition and deserve to be admired at a leisurely pace. Unfortunately there... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

A few weeks before visiting Pau I had spent Easter in the Loire Valley visiting a number of Chateau there. This Chateau in Pau stands comparison with a number of the Loire ones as it is furnished and is full of historic reference points. Clearly the good folk of Pau have looked after this building with pride. You cannot however... More 

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