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Chateau de Pau

2, Rue du Chateau, 64000 Pau, Communaute d'Agglomeration Pau-Pyrenees, France
+33 5 59 82 38 00
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Great guided tour

Our tickets included a guided tour. It was in French but cheat sheets in English were provided for... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chrispluspassport
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Sydney, Australia
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Not as good as they make out, some of it was interesting however if your not staying next to the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Matthew P
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London, United Kingdom
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Louis-Philippe, who held dear the celebration of French historical memorabilia, wanted Pau, so linked to the memory of Henri IV, to be part of this artistic programme, and a major contribution to his political credibility. Himself unable to visit the site, the king kept abreast of the work at his Bearnaise residence, while the Dukes of Orléans, Némours and Montpensier were entertained there with all due ceremony. The important purveyors to the Crown created an original suite of furniture in the then fashionable neo-gothic and neo-renaissance style for the chateau of Pau. These furnishings are an example of the authentic decoration of a royal abode under the July Monarchy. The tapestries on show at the château of Pau are, virtue of their number and quality, one of the most valuable collections in France.
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  • Average10%
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 11:45, 14:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2, Rue du Chateau, 64000 Pau, Communaute d'Agglomeration Pau-Pyrenees, France
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+33 5 59 82 38 00
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our tickets included a guided tour. It was in French but cheat sheets in English were provided for the non-French speaking members in our group. The tour was fascinating and definitely worth doing. The rooms are furnished and along with commentary you get a feel...More

Thank Chrispluspassport
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not as good as they make out, some of it was interesting however if your not staying next to the chateau then you need to think is it worth it. My answer is no. The tour took 1 hour and the man just talked about...More

Thank Matthew P
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

I worked in Pau on and off for 30 years and never visited the chateau so at a recent reunion put that right. Gloriously hot day made place look great Walking round it's clear to see how the town grew up around the original settlement...More

Thank andrew p
Reviewed 12 June 2017

We were in Pau for Historic Car GP event and were staying near this charming Chateau....a visit was a MUST! However we were only able to view from the outside....as they were shut for lunch! Strange....but true! There appeared to be very little English around...More

Thank FRANCES39A
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

This place is just full of incredible history. Our guide was knowledgeable and made it fun. Worth seeing just for the paintings and Tapestries.

Thank ColCogs
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Fantastic architecture furniture and views of the Pyrénées Great gardens and an insight into medievil France

Thank Alastair E
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Worth a visit and walk around - lovely views and entrance is free-great bed you a good insight to the area

Thank Nicole C
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Excellent, interesting & funny guide, however French only, but managed to speak a few words in Spanish with a great portion of humor!

Thank Martin D
Reviewed 4 April 2017

We spent a couple of days in Pau. Very interesting place with friendly locals. Good food and a wonderful tour of the chateau. We stayed in an apartment which was ok but very good location. Made up for that with food, sightseeing and coffee! Chateau...More

1  Thank familywithteenagers6
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Go and visit this magnificent French monument rich in history. Your eyes will be in awe before all the tapestries, paintings and furnitures dating from 17th century and beyond. It is a MUST DO without doubt when in Pau. Such a shame that the "salle...More

Thank Southjp
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