Opening Hours:

10:00am – 12:00pm and 14:00pm – 17:00pm
Tuesdays closed

Excursion Details:
  • The Château de Rambouillet, also known in English as the Castle of Rambouillet, is a château in the town of Rambouillet, Yvelines department, in the Île-de-France region in northern France, 50 km southwest of Paris. It was the summer residence of the Presidents of the French Republic from 1896 until 2009, and it is now managed by the Centre des monuments nationaux.
  • The French and Anglo-Chinese gardens hold plenty of surprises in store for visitors. Queen Marie-Antoinette’s Dairy demonstrates the splendour of an entire period and an art de vivre widely influenced by the philosophy of the Age of Enlightenment. The ‘Chaumière aux Coquillages’ or Shell Cottage is one of the finest examples of décor in all of Europe.
  • Unusually among the historical castles of France, Rambouillet plays a role as important now as it did in the past – it is now the summer residence for French presidents, and frequent host to heads of state from other countries.
  • Dating from the 14th century, at which time it was a manor house, it gained importance as an occasional royal residence, and it was here that King Francois I died in 1547.
  • Guided tours of the castle and grounds are available, as well as self-guided tours.
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