The most beautiful castles in Île-de-France

You have want to escape from Paris and go out and get outside Paris? Why not leave for the day and schedule visiting a castle around Paris. If time allows it, think picnic ! All these castles have beautiful parks and gardens with picnic areas.

The most...

The greediest: the Chantilly estate
Our darling: the castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte
The closest to Paris: the castle of Vincennes
The most furnished: the castle of Champs-sur-Marne
The most grandiose: the Palace of Versailles
The most childish: the castle of Breteuil (Perrault's tales)
The most imperial: the castle of Malmaison (Perrault's tales)

Castles to visit south of Paris

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The castle of Fontainebleau

  • A splendour of Renaissance style
  • In Fontainebleau (in the 77)
  • Free for under 18s (under 26s if EU citizen)


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The castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte

  • One of our favorites
  • Costumed visits, fun activities
  • In Maincy (77950)
  • Free for children 6 and under


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Candlelight evenings

  • Candlelight night visit
  • Ideal as a family
  • At the castle of Vaux-le-Vicomte (77)
  • Free for children 6 and under


Castles to visit in the west of Paris

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The castle of Malmaison and Bois-Préau

  • Empress Josephine's castle
  • In Rueil-Malmaison (in 92)
  • Free for under 18s (under 26s if EU citizen)


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The visit of the castle of Breteuil


  • The castle of Charles Perrault's tales
  • In Choisel (in the Yvelines - 78)
  • Free for children under 5


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The visit of the Palace of Versailles

  • The immoderation of the castle, the splendour of the park
  • In Versailles (78)
  • Free for under 18s (under 26s if EU citizen)


The Château de Rambouillet (to the west)

  • In Rambouillet (78120) 55km south-west of Paris
  • Open every day of the year except Tuesdays, and closed the following holidays : January 1st, May 1st, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th
  • WE love : The splendor of the castle and its ceremonial apartments as well as its sumptuous gardens
  • Top with children: ride a bike, or electric carts, go boating

 

Castles to visit east of Paris

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The castle of Champs-sur-Marne

  • A jewel of classical architecture in the Paris Region
  • A Champs sur Marne (77)
  • Free for under 18s (under 26s if EU citizen)


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The castle of Vincennes

  • Very nice with children
  • In Vincennes (94)
  • Free for under 18s (under 26s if EU citizen)


Castles to visit north of Paris

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Pierrefonds Castle

  • A medieval castle built by Viollet-le-Duc
  • In the Oise (60)
  • Free for under 18s (under 26s if EU citizen)


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The Domaine de Chantilly

  • Chantilly, the castle, the gardens, the horse museum...
  • In Chantilly (60500)
  • Free for children under 7 years


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The Impressionist Museum of Auvers-sur-Oise

  • A museum without paintings devoted to Impressionism
  • Ideal from 8 years old
  • Free for children under 7 years