Chateau de Pierrefonds
Chateau de Pierrefonds
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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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  • Tina1985
    United Kingdom15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Chateau
    Spectacular Chateau, beautiful inside, and lovely and quiet. It’s quite bare inside but there are some enormous sculptures and lovely decor. We had a great couple of hours and the kids were really interested. We didn’t do the audio tour.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 September 2023
  • LeicestershireDex
    Broughton Astley, United Kingdom203 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful picture postcard chateau.
    Absolutly loved this Château. Like most Brits visiting I had seen the TV series Merlin and knew that this was the Chateau that was portrayed as Camelot. It looked so pretty on the TV I was wondering what it would actually look like. I wasn't disappointed. It is like a fairy tale. I learned that is was the inspiration for Disneys Sleeping Beauty. It was being renovated so one side of the building was completely covered with scaffolding. This didnt spoil it for me. Inside it is not "staged" like some chateau. I liked walking round and seeing if I could recognise any shots from the TV series! Its good value at 6E plus 3E for an audio guide. There is plenty of free parking around the village. We drove round after leaving to get a shot of the Chateau from a distance. Its not easy to find as lots of trees obscure the view. I wanted a shot where the scaffolding wasn't on view. I found one. I would recommend a visit. The staff there were also very friendly
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 October 2023
  • Taggert1
    Diss, United Kingdom288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day out
    An amazing place to visit for a few hours. If any complaint at all it would be that there is no onsite cafe to sit and have a rest and a drink. There are plenty of cafes in the village, however when your on your feet looking around its good to be able to sit rest and have a drink onsite. There is plenty to see, probably would not go with very young children but for adults its great.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 October 2023
  • Delia B
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chateau de Pierrefonds, an unforgettable experience
    A fairytale castle, Chateau de Pierrefonds is a must-see. Not far from Paris, about an hour by car. Although it is not furnished there is a lot to see and lots of surprises. After playing an important role in the medieval ages it was in ruins for hundreds of years. Reimagined for Napoleon III by the prolific architect Viollet-le-Duc (he also renovated/saved Carcassonne and Vezelay, to name but two!) There was a very interesting expo Baroque Magic while we were there and down in the dungeons a quite eerie display of coffins depicting the lords and ladies who lie within! Incredible carved likenesses. There's even William the Conquerer at rest there. Allow at least an hour and half to visit the chateau. We can recommend eating at Chalet du Lac in Pierrefonds for lunch. The Chateau is about 5 mins walk from the restaurant.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 December 2023
  • Phil M
    120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular Chateau
    Fabulous chateau and town, lots of historical information, great views and impressive rooms. Well worth the entrance fee. Lovely shop and grounds for a picnic. Don’t need a tour do I t yourself
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 June 2024
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Delia B
Chateau Chinon, France40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
A fairytale castle, Chateau de Pierrefonds is a must-see. Not far from Paris, about an hour by car.

Although it is not furnished there is a lot to see and lots of surprises. After playing an important role in the medieval ages it was in ruins for hundreds of years. Reimagined for Napoleon III by the prolific architect Viollet-le-Duc (he also renovated/saved Carcassonne and Vezelay, to name but two!)

There was a very interesting expo Baroque Magic while we were there and down in the dungeons a quite eerie display of coffins depicting the lords and ladies who lie within! Incredible carved likenesses. There's even William the Conquerer at rest there.

Allow at least an hour and half to visit the chateau.

We can recommend eating at Chalet du Lac in Pierrefonds for lunch. The Chateau is about 5 mins walk from the restaurant.
Written 3 December 2023
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LeicestershireDex
Broughton Astley, UK203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Couples
Absolutely loved this Chateau. Like most Brits visiting I had seen the TV series Merlin and knew that this was the Chateau that was portrayed as Camelot. It looked so pretty on the TV I was wondering what it would actually look like. I wasn't disappointed. It is like a fairy tale. I learned that is was the inspiration for Disneys Sleeping Beauty. It was being renovated so one side of the building was completely covered with scaffolding. This didnt spoil it for me. Inside it is not "staged" like some chateau. I liked walking round and seeing if I could recognise any shots from the TV series! Its good value at 6E plus 3E for an audio guide. There is plenty of free parking around the village. We drove round after leaving to get a shot of the Chateau from a distance. Its not easy to find as lots of trees obscure the view. I wanted a shot where the scaffolding wasn't on view. I found one. I would recommend a visit. The staff there were also very friendly.
Written 5 July 2023
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LeicestershireDex
Broughton Astley, UK203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Couples
Absolutly loved this Château. Like most Brits visiting I had seen the TV series Merlin and knew that this was the Chateau that was portrayed as Camelot. It looked so pretty on the TV I was wondering what it would actually look like. I wasn't disappointed. It is like a fairy tale. I learned that is was the inspiration for Disneys Sleeping Beauty. It was being renovated so one side of the building was completely covered with scaffolding. This didnt spoil it for me. Inside it is not "staged" like some chateau. I liked walking round and seeing if I could recognise any shots from the TV series! Its good value at 6E plus 3E for an audio guide. There is plenty of free parking around the village. We drove round after leaving to get a shot of the Chateau from a distance. Its not easy to find as lots of trees obscure the view. I wanted a shot where the scaffolding wasn't on view. I found one. I would recommend a visit. The staff there were also very friendly
Written 23 October 2023
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Jackie Mitchell
Cheshire, UK236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
As a person with arthritic knees, I was thankfully able to walk the gentle incline up to the castle. It was a quiet and clean castle with no crowds and things to look at in every inch. The sculptures are quite fascinating. This is not a massive place and can be visited comfortably in half a day
Written 8 April 2022
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stevenutah
Highland, UT281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
We visited a number of castles on our tour of Europe, and this was a favorite! The architecture is fantastic with so many turrets and towers and intricate details. Although it is mostly unfurnished, the tour is extensive and the building is in excellent condition. We were able to set our own pace and get a feel for life in medieval France. The setting is beautiful as well. We highly recommend this chateau.
Written 25 July 2022
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Taggert1
Diss, UK288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
An amazing place to visit for a few hours. If any complaint at all it would be that there is no onsite cafe to sit and have a rest and a drink. There are plenty of cafes in the village, however when your on your feet looking around its good to be able to sit rest and have a drink onsite.
There is plenty to see, probably would not go with very young children but for adults its great.
Written 27 October 2023
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Tina1985
United Kingdom15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Spectacular Chateau, beautiful inside, and lovely and quiet. It’s quite bare inside but there are some enormous sculptures and lovely decor. We had a great couple of hours and the kids were really interested. We didn’t do the audio tour.
Written 4 September 2023
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Phil M
Shaw, England, United Kingdom120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
Fabulous chateau and town, lots of historical information, great views and impressive rooms. Well worth the entrance fee. Lovely shop and grounds for a picnic. Don’t need a tour do I t yourself
Written 12 June 2024
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AntigenBand
Paderborn, Germany71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you're staying in Paris and looking for an interesting chateau to day trip to, take a look at Chateau Pierrefonds. To get here, you have to take the train (45 mins) to Compiegne, followed by a bus to Pierrefonds (20 mins, but DO check the schedule before you buy your train tickets/leave home, it runs only once on certain days!!). Worth it? Totally!

First, the chateau is big. Very big. It's got that snow-white look to it, similar to Neuschwanstein in Germany (although Neuschwanstein's setting is nicer as it sits perched above a huge valley). The outside is magnificent. The inside is not posh like Versailles, but rather more on the colourful medieval side. There were no furnishings inside when I visited, but parts of the set of the UK series or film (whatever it is) Merlin are still there. So basically the inside is nice but won't blow your socks off like Versailles. It takes about 1-1.5 hrs to walk around the castle on your own.

Second, the chateau is sitting above a cute little village with a nice mini-lake you can paddleboat around, a very serene setting. Mind you, today when I went they had a medieval festival going for the weekend so it was rather busy, but it seems like the place you can sit back along the water, grab a drink, and soak in the view of the imposing chateau above you.

Btw, I rented a bike while there to go visit Saint Jean Aux Bois (6 km away) -- don't... It wasn't really worth it (unless you have a car), and plus I even had the back luck of getting a flat tire... what a mess.

All in all, an excellent day trip from Paris. Great chateau, great serene village, a beautiful day out.

PS Compiegne is also worth an hour's time to stroll around, they've got a nice old city hall and some shops. Actually they even have a chateau which might be interesting (I skipped it)
Written 21 August 2010
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bfit80
AZ10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
When planning our trip to France, we checked out various castles and chateaux online. We liked the look of this chateau, a walled medieval fortress. No organized tours seemed to be available, but the Pierrefonds website gave detailed directions on getting to the site, seemed fairly straightforward. Take the train from Gare du Nord station in Paris to the town of Compiegne, then the blue bus line #27 to Pierrefonds. We had purchased a Museum and Monument Pass, which covers entrance to many sites in and around Paris, including Pierrefonds, so we planned to do this on our second full day in Paris. We were trying to avoid renting a car in Paris, to escape the parking problems and fees, so the train idea was feasible.
Buying a train ticket at the station on a Saturday is apparently not a good idea. Better to prebook online. Only one window was open, and all the automated ticket machines only accepted credit cards with chips inside. So there was an incredibly long line. Once we had our tickets, the train trip was relatively short. But upon arriving in Compiegne, we could find no information on any bus to Pierrefonds, a mere 10 miles away. No one knew what we were talking about, and we asked everyone we saw about how to get there. We asked if a taxi could take us there. We were assured that a taxi would be far too expensive, and at any rate there were none nearby...no taxis at a train station! Since we had already paid 86 euros to get to Compiegne, with the sole purpose being to see Pierrefonds, we were willing to pay. We were just about to give up and take the next train back to Paris (in 2 hous!), when a taxi showed up. He charged us 25 euros and promised to return to pick us up after our visit to the chateau. He dropped us and picked us up right in front of the quite impressive castle, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Our favorite part was the display in the basement: tombs and statuary displayed with colored lights and sound. Don't miss it. After our visit, which we enjoyed along with very few other visitors, we noticed a large group of visitors coming in, and couldn't help but wonder how they all got there. It seemed to be a well-kept secret! We had such trouble getting there, a long and stressful day, but it was certainly worth the effort to us. From our perspective the local tourist authority is missing out on a source of income by not promoting this attraction, or providing some simple mode of transportation for tourists to get there.
Written 20 June 2009
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