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Pau Castle

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Address: 2 rue du Chateau, 64000, Pau, France
Phone Number: 05 59 82 38 00
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9:30 am - 11:45 am
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
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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Cool castle with intricate tapestries

We went in on a Sunday (first Sunday of every month is free admittance and tour) and joined a tour. The tour is only given in french (thankfully we Canadians speak french) and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2016
Natasha O
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

We knew that guided tours were in French but hadn't expected the English information sheet to be so superficial nor that we'd be (literally) locked in each room and unable to browse around or do anything more than listen to a protracted French description of interminable length. A terrible waste of time and money. Pau seems a nice enough place... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

We went in on a Sunday (first Sunday of every month is free admittance and tour) and joined a tour. The tour is only given in french (thankfully we Canadians speak french) and the lady giving the tour was very enthusiastic. Take extra time to appreciate the details in the tapestries.

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Thank Natasha O
Cypress, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

The castle has amazing tapestries and the tortoise shell cradle that (allegedly) held the future King Henry IV at his birth. The tour are only in French but a short written description of each room in English was provided.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

A tour of the first floor kitchens, the second floor where rooms have been recreated and the third floor, so a lengthy guided tour (1 1/2 hour) the castle is fascinating for its history and the recreated rooms and tapestries are really wonderful. The tour is only in French however with a brochure in English. Our tour guide offered to... More 

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Sunshine Coast
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

The outside of the building is interesting and the inside may well be too, but unless you speak French you will be locked inside (yes, locked inside!) for an hour or more not understanding a word and not being able to wander around by yourself. The notice says an English translation is available but this is a paper sheet. We... More 

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Bowie, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

We toured the castle with a guide who gave countless details about the structure and each castle room toured. He also gave details of the history of King Henri IV and his family. There are many grand tapestries hanging from the interior castle walls which tell their own stories. A must see for anyone who visits Pau, France.

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Nabas, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

As a group, we had a guided tour with an English-speaking guide. Very interesting, informative and a lovely place to visit with lots of historical interest and a lot to see. Lovely views from the windows, too!

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Thank John P
Miri, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2016

Visited during the christmas holiday and unfortunately the castle was closed. Managed to walk around the courtyard but did not get the chance to visit inside. However, i still like my visit as the castle itself and the little garden is nice and well maintanined. Will definitely return for a visit.

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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

if you get to PAU you should really get to visit this fantastic castle....but the only thig is that if you dont speak french you will have serious probelem to get to understand what is all about...french people are non really open to tourist needs...and i find this so arrogante!!!what can we do?we are not forced to learn french to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Went here on a lovely sunny day with a group of friends before we headed back to Toulouse. The castle was fascinating to observe and enjoyed the experience. It was a nice walk around these scenic parts

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