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)

Castles to visit south of Paris

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The visit of 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


The castle of Fontainebleau (in the south)

  • In Fontainebleau (in the 77)
  • Access: approximately 1h15 from Paris from Gare de Lyon
  • Open all year except Tuesdays, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
  • Renaissance and Clacissime!
  • The only royal and imperial castle inhabited continuously for seven centuries
  • Many activities for young audiences

 

Castles to visit in the west of Paris

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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)


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The Great Musical Waters

  • To enjoy the extraordinary beauty of the park
  • Ideal as a family
  • In the gardens of the Palace of Versailles (78)
  • Free for children 6 and under


The castle of Malmaison (in the west)

  • In Rueil Malmaison (92500) 15km west of Paris / li>
  • Open every day of the year except Tuesdays, December 25th, January 1st 
  • The imperial residence of Napoleon and Josephine
  • WE love : The charm of the gardens and the richly decorated castle that gives an idea of the life of the imperial couple

 

visite du chateau de Malmaison, autour de Paris

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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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


Château de Pierrefonds (north)

  • In Pierrefonds (60350) in the north of Paris
  • Access : 80 km by car from Paris Center
  • Open all year (except January 1st, May 1st and December 25th)
  • WE love : a castle reinvented by Viollet-le-Duc to make it an ideal castle as it would have existed in the Middle Ages.
  • Top with children: family workshops