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Chateau de Pierrefonds

rue Viollet-Le-Duc, 60350 Pierrefonds, France
+33 3 44 42 72 72
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Dating back to the 15th century, the Chateau de Pierrefonds was comprehensively restored and altered by architect Viollet-le-Duc in the 19th century to transform it into an imperial residence for Napoleon III. The chateaux often seems to have been specially built for a swashbuckling film with its richly varied painted and sculpted decors, its defensive system and drawbridge, walkways and drop-boxes, not to forget the two reconstructions of medieval siege engines. Open: > 2nd May to 4th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. > 5th September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed: > Mondays from 5th September to 30th April. > 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; 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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“gift shop” (16 reviews)
rue Viollet-Le-Duc, 60350 Pierrefonds, France
+33 3 44 42 72 72
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sometimes I find castles tourism as being a bit redundant. After seeing a dozen of castles, it looks like all are the same: glamour, opulence. However, Pierrefonds Castle is somehow different than what I see, very eclectic architecture with nice symbols. I enjoyed the most...More

Thank costinstoian
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent an afternoon here really charming we managed to park next to boating lake then went round château when we came out we went for a coffee in square opposite tourist office and food was really reasonable so we stopped to dinner will go...More

Thank brooksfun
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a lot of history here. Knowing that it was the setting for the filming of Merlin made it extra special. The landscape is simply gorgeous. There are many stairs to climb and the gift shop is expensive but that's to be expected. It...More

1  Thank Gerry R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous place to visit if staying locally. €8 per adult and kids free. Beautiful place & location! Would recommend & go again.

Thank fransull
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The guy at the counter was rude to me because I spoke to him in English. 8 euros to visit the castle and not a lot to see. It'd not worth the visit.

Thank enzochiefs
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

The castle stands tall over the village and has some nice history, as we are staying in the town for 2 days we felt we must visit. We spent 90 minutes walking the grounds and reading the English translated descriptions through the leaflets. I would...More

Thank Simon G
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Loved our visit especially knowing that Merlin was filmed here!! Beautiful castle in a beautiful picturesque village. A must visit!

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 9 June 2017

I love this chateau or castle! It is perfect. Violet le duc was the genius who restored it to glory, (if not it's former glory) with interpretations of his own talented imagination. Why is this castle not better known? It is a movie star in...More

1  Thank shelleybeachbelle
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

It's our third year in the vicinity but decided to venture out and Pierrefonds was recommend: we have a 7 and 3 year old and kept them entertained. Lots of history and our 7 year old was really engrossed. €8 entry for adults, kids free...More

Thank Emma H
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Rebuilt from a final devastating assault and restored by Napoleon III and Violet-le-Duc (also restored Notre Dame de Paris), the Pierrefonds Castle is a huge and imposing castle dwarfing the small but beautiful town of Pierrefonds. I have visited it numerous times and am amazed...More

1  Thank Underpaid62
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1 May 2016|
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Response from heather b | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we did the route in reverse as we were in Pierrefonds and then went into Paris. When we went from Pierrefonds to Paris we got a train from Compiegne into Paris to the Gard du Nord station. There is a bus that goes from... More
28 December 2015|
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Response from mrsbb1_9 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, we didn't stop near by