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Review of Chateau de Pau

Chateau de Pau
Ranked #3 of 34 things to do in Pau
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Englefield Green, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Good tour”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

Interesting one hour (compulsoury - you can't visit the interior by yourself) tour in rapid fire French only, but an English hand out sheet which covered evrything of interest.

Visited October 2012
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Scotland/Portugal
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226 reviews
127 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Henry's Castle”
Reviewed September 7, 2012

A really interesting castle, steeped in English as well as French history. It is in excellent condition, so can be done even when it is raining. It is right by the sea, so walks can be had along the paved areas by the shore, and it is also close to the shops. Pau itself, though, was a nightmare for driving and parking. Having got lost several times, we parked in one of the carparks near the edge and walked. Loads of signposts, but none going where we wanted!

Visited October 2011
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Stamford, Connecticut, United States
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176 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Great little Castle”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

Has a quick look around the castle while the tour de france was passing through, nice and neat, easy to get to and around the city.

Visited July 2012
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Pau, France
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42 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Chateau Pau”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

Chateau Pau is situated in the old quarter of Pau and surrounded by narrow streets and many restaurants. The building has been fully restored and is magnificant from all angles and the tour is very interesting taking you through the ground floor and climbing the huge stone staircase to the 1st floor and 2nd floor of the chateau. The tour includes many rooms which are all beautifully furnished and has huge tapestries on the walls. The chateau is steeped in history. Nearby is the promanade with a lovely tea room that has deck chairs to sit in and take in the view towards the mountains. There are several restaurants in the small square just to the left of the main chateau entrance (through the arches and follow the lane around to the left). The square takes on a lovely atmosphere as it fills with diners. As with most places, tours are with a guide and in French, it would be nice to be able to just wander through at your own pace and audio-phones would be great. However if there is a group of you it is always worth asking if there is a guide who speaks English or phoning to see if a guide in English has already been arranged.

Visited August 2011
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Houston TX USA
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Amazing restoration”
Reviewed June 15, 2012

Although the chateau was originally built in the 1500s, it was extensively restored after in the 1700s with that era's idea of what the Middle Ages. The tour is in French, but you can underrstand enough with the aid of written materials. The tapistries are amazing and the highlight of the tour.

Visited June 2012
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