Chateau of Vincennes
Chateau of Vincennes
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Chateau de Vincennes was used as royal residence from the 12th to 18th century and it has preserved its medieval towers, the Sainte-Chapelle and the 14th century keep which is the highest of its kind in Europe. In 1365, Charles V, King of France, transformed the family manor house at Vincennes into a more suitable royal dwelling and built the present keep to house his art collection and manuscripts. From the early 15th century to the 1800s, the keep was used as a prison, a symbol of absolute State power, which saw the imprisonment of famous figures such as Fouquet, the Marquis de Sade, and Mirabeau. After extensive restoration work, the Sainte-Chapelle at the Château de Vincennes has re-opened to the public and visitors can now fully admire its remarkable decorative ensemble. Started in 1379, and based on the model of the royal chapel in the Palais de la Cité in Paris, the Sainte-Chapelle at Vincennes realised the dreams of King Charles V to add a truly exceptional religious edifice to this impressive fortress. Open: > 1st April to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to 6.15 p.m. > 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 5.15 p.m. Closed: > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 8,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; 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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Neighborhood: Bercy / Nation
Nestled between the Seine, Bastille, and Père Lachaise lies a peaceful side of town where wide avenues and impressive buildings accompany green spaces and small parks. Landscaped havens are plentiful, from the Bercy Park to La Coulée Verte and most impressively the Bois de Vincennes, which even contains a medieval castle on its doorstep. For an escape from the masses head to this calming neighborhood where real Parisians make their homes.
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  • nctraveler315
    Winston Salem, North Carolina168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for anyone who loves castles and history
    No one we talked to seemed to know anything about this hidden gem. This chateau was built in the 12th century. It is located at the end of line 1 on the metro and it literally lets you out at the entry. My husband's statement was "this is what I wanted every sand castle I ever built to look like" It was not crowded at all and we often found ourselves the only visitors in a room or area. There are stairs and they are not all even so be careful. There are no furnishings but the painted wood work is lovely. The church is also beautiful. I'm really glad we decided to visit here.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Julie B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quieter than Versailles and more history
    Fantastic place, full of history and well set out. Helpful information boards in English too. The Chapel is worth a visit especially if you can go before the end of August as the have a magnificent installation of an embroidered tree which is quite breathtaking
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 3, 2023
  • JRM
    Penetanguishene, Canada99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not for everybody
    If you are looking for paintings, tapestries, period furniture and interactive exhibits, this is not the place for you. If you are a serious student of medieval history or if you simply enjoy visiting authentic historical sights and allowing your imagination free reign, the Chateau de Vincennes is a must. Imagine Charles V, a scholarly and pious medieval French king, roaming the corridors of the venerable keep while ruling over his vast kingdom. Imagine the richness of the royal treasure housed in a simple room to which only the king held the key. Imagine that important and intriguing historical figures (including Mirabeau and the Marquis de Sade) spent time as prisoners here. The Chateau de Vincennes is special: easily accessible by Metro, refreshingly uncrowded, captivating, vast, somber and thought provoking.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Kaulostar
    Greater London, United Kingdom837 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Home and Prison
    the chateau is very easy to access as the metro stop is just outside. it is one of the main historical monuments within the Paris region. Well maintained and incl tower, new part and a chapel - all included in the ticket price. Note I think some of the buildings are used as office. The recommended route is a bit confusing but as not that busy you can stroll around and the chapel shuts during the lunch hour
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 25, 2023
  • AlbertSalichs
    Manresa, Spain21,437 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice and interesting royal castle
    Chateau of Vincennes is a castle located in Vincennes neighbourhood, in the surroundings of Paris. It was started to be built in the 12th Century, but the main tower was built in the 14th Century, when the castle was an important point of the royal powder. In this century also was built the Saint-Chapelle, the church in the complex. Nowadays, in fact, only you can see these two important buildings and some other. Most of them were demolished in the 19th Century, some years after the French Revolution. We visited the complex in the last Christmas and it was very nice, especially for my daughter, who enjoyed here. In fact, the most beautiful views are from the main tower, from where you can see the Saint-Chapelle, all complex and the surroundings. Pitifully, some parts are on works.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written November 28, 2023
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ccsfamily
Geneva, IL316 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
We decided to spend half the day at this lovely understated Chateau. It was only a few more metro stops past the area where we were staying. The metro stop drops you off in front of the Chateau. We arrived a few minutes before they opened. You walk in through the drawbridge and the ticket office/gift shop is in the building to the right. You will need a ticket to get into the main Chateau building and to get into the Sainte-Chapelle de Vincennes. We decided to spend a few Euros and get the self audio tour which was definitely worth it! I would highly recommend the audio tour since it was easy to use and provided a detailed description of what was once in then Chateau. Sainte-Chapelle was just beautiful especially with the morning sunshine coming in though the stained glass. There is also a museum of the French military in another building that was quite interesting to walk through. All in all this was an excellent half day excursion without the large crowds. Both couples enjoyed the time we spent there and were happy we decided to visit.
Written October 31, 2022
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Tabascoleathergrain
St Helens, England156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
One of the lesser visited sites in and around Paris and therefore a peaceful haven which provides an insight into pre-Versailles life for the French kings.

Situated at the end of Metro line 1 in zone 2 and accessible with a standard ticket, the entrance fee is €9.50 allowing access to the Saints-Chapelle church and the Keep. Both are well worth exploring with plenty of detail provided in French and English in each section if you do not wish to hire the audio guide for an additional €3.
Written November 17, 2022
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Victorianlad
Melbourne, Australia17,463 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This castle wasn't as captivating as Chateau de Rambouillet further out of Paris, but Vincennes was super easy to reach by Parisian Metro Line A, with the walk to the castle being a very small distance.

We were there for opening. Surprisingly, there was initially no one waiting, and then two or three turned up. I found this surprising as it was in what in Australia we'd call the inner suburbs - but this is Europe!

It was simple to purchase admission tickets at the gift shop located inside the grounds.

We spent about an hour here, including a visit (as Catholics) to Sainte-Chapelle that was austere inside, though it had copious most attractive stained glass windows.

One could walk around the Castle grounds and its upper walkway. I did not go right to the top.

Even when we departed, there were few visitors, but it was a weekday.

We didn't visit a cafe in the town but there looked to be quite a few across the road from the castle.
Written January 29, 2023
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JRM
Penetanguishene, Canada99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
If you are looking for paintings, tapestries, period furniture and interactive exhibits, this is not the place for you. If you are a serious student of medieval history or if you simply enjoy visiting authentic historical sights and allowing your imagination free reign, the Chateau de Vincennes is a must. Imagine Charles V, a scholarly and pious medieval French king, roaming the corridors of the venerable keep while ruling over his vast kingdom. Imagine the richness of the royal treasure housed in a simple room to which only the king held the key. Imagine that important and intriguing historical figures (including Mirabeau and the Marquis de Sade) spent time as prisoners here. The Chateau de Vincennes is special: easily accessible by Metro, refreshingly uncrowded, captivating, vast, somber and thought provoking.
Written August 30, 2023
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Julie B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Fantastic place, full of history and well set out. Helpful information boards in English too.
The Chapel is worth a visit especially if you can go before the end of August as the have a magnificent installation of an embroidered tree which is quite breathtaking
Written August 3, 2023
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia55,549 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We were looking at viisiting a Chateau that was easy to reach via RER A as we were staying in Marnee la Vallee area. This one did fit the bill and was only a short walk from the train station. We caught the RER A to Vincennes and did the short walk to the Chateau.

The town is very quaint and we enjoyed a nice meal at a French Bistro.

Whilst it had the moat and historical Medieval Towers there was construction work going on and probably not the best Chateau to visit in Paris region. The building we visited wasnt that interesting with very little of historical significance inside.

This Chateau was built between 1361 and 1369.

There is a church on site called Sainte-Chapelle de Vincennes was virtually empty inside.

It may be worth travelling further to see one of the more famous Chateaus.
Written December 5, 2022
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain21,437 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Chateau of Vincennes is a castle located in Vincennes neighbourhood, in the surroundings of Paris. It was started to be built in the 12th Century, but the main tower was built in the 14th Century, when the castle was an important point of the royal powder. In this century also was built the Saint-Chapelle, the church in the complex. Nowadays, in fact, only you can see these two important buildings and some other. Most of them were demolished in the 19th Century, some years after the French Revolution. We visited the complex in the last Christmas and it was very nice, especially for my daughter, who enjoyed here. In fact, the most beautiful views are from the main tower, from where you can see the Saint-Chapelle, all complex and the surroundings. Pitifully, some parts are on works.
Written November 28, 2023
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genibre69
London, UK5,212 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
So overrated!! I don’t understand how people rave about this place: even the cashier told me there’s no exhibits to see inside the doujon. So you’re paying €9.50 to climb an empty tower and then see a modern installation in a barren church?! Have these visitors never traveled before?! The courtyard is pretty desolate and nearly no buildings are open. The one that is has a boring sounding exhibition on arms that was closed anyway this Saturday.

Would never recommend this place TBH. Somewhat of a wasted day trip from Paris.
Written July 1, 2023
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karin r
Halstead, UK151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Chateau Vincennes is a lovely place to visit even with the on going renovations still proceeding. The Chapel is beautiful with wonderful stained glass windows and gothic architecture. The Keep is impressive too. Security staff did sort of spoil the visit, they were rather brusque and impatient with us as we didn't understand what they wanted us to do. The shop is lovely with good choice of goods to purchase. The Keep is truly impressive. The place us steeped in history. Ascthe ground is cobbled its rather tiring in your feet so comfy walking shoes would be best. There are stone spiral stairs to climb if you want to go up the keep and in the fakery in the Chapel. Thoroughly recommend recommend a visit.
Written June 21, 2022
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kbr88
London, UK234 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
If you've visited all of the main highlights of Paris, you should visit Vincennes. It was the Royal Palace before Versailles was built. Huge amount of history dating back more than 500 years. No crowds so relatively easy to move around. The church is simple but impressive. Well worth a couple of hours with easy access on the metro--15 minutes from Rue de Rivoli
Written January 1, 2020
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