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Chateau de Pau

2 rue du Chateau, 64000 Pau, Communaute d'Agglomeration Pau-Pyrenees, France
+33 5 59 82 38 00
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Staff pretty disorganised

We wanted to be early to avoid the crowd. The website said the chateau opens at 9.30am and we went... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cwp S
via mobile
Well worth a visit

Take a couple of hours out to visit this really beautifully maintained chateau and gardens. Tours... read more

Reviewed February 22, 2018
Yvonne P
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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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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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 11:45 AM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2 rue du Chateau, 64000 Pau, Communaute d'Agglomeration Pau-Pyrenees, France
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+33 5 59 82 38 00
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted to be early to avoid the crowd. The website said the chateau opens at 9.30am and we went 5min earlier. When we purchased our tickets, we were told there are only guided tours and they only start at 10.30am. When we asked if...More

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Reviewed February 22, 2018

Take a couple of hours out to visit this really beautifully maintained chateau and gardens. Tours are inexpensive and very well signposted.

Thank Yvonne P
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Reviewed November 23, 2017

Having visited the inside of the chateau before ( paying ) , and not overly impressed nothing much to see by way of furnishings and detesting the herding and locking us in between rooms as we progressed did not want to repeat that experience. But...More

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Reviewed November 16, 2017 via mobile

A beautiful building that embodies much of the history of Pau, a visit to the Chateau is a great way to learn about some of the region’s past. I was part of a guided tour that really brought the history of the many tapestries (and...More

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Reviewed October 16, 2017

Unless you can get a tour with an English guide avoid. We tried to get an idea of what was being talked about but the guide spoke in French so quickly we didn't get a chance. In one room he talked for 15 minutes and...More

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Reviewed October 5, 2017

This is in great condition and we'll worth a visit and tour. Great views and a lovely stroll around the building. If you are in Pau you must visit their Chateau then take a local bus or drive to the local villages in the mountains.

Thank Dianne G
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Reviewed September 22, 2017 via mobile

It's a short tour, it will take around 30-45min. Great way of understanding the history of Pau. Amazing architecture and decoration. The art is also amazing! A must do if you are in Pau!

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Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

... to visit if you want to understand what was once an independent kingdom. History is pouring out of the walls.

Thank Arnaud P
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Reviewed September 6, 2017

Sadly we did not have time to tour the Chateau on the inside. But it is beautiful and very well preserved. If you have time it is worth your time. Lovely setting.

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Reviewed August 25, 2017 via mobile

We got the last French guided tour of the day (you can have other language options just written) . Entrance was 7 euros and the visit lasted less than 30 minutes, inside the old kitchen, dining rooms, bedrooms, etc. During summer there are light shows...More

Thank FKine
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