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Chateau de Cadillac

Place de la Liberation, 33410 Cadillac, France
+33 5 56 62 69 58
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Wonderful surprize

Unexpectedly nice and historic castle. From 17th C intrigue to the abuses of penal system this was... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Buffalo, New York
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Absolutely Stunning Palace

Parked the car, walked through the walled gate and up the hill to this Chateau. Free on the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Warminster, United Kingdom
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The Chateau of Cadillac, built from 1599, illustrates all the Jean-Louis Nogaret of Valette's power, a "cadet de Gascogne" who experienced a dazzling rise to become first Duke of Epernon, and be called "King in all but name". It presents the largest collection of 16th & 17th tapesttries withing French national heritage buildings. And served as a womens' prison from 1818 to 1952. Restored and revalued recently, it takes up today, in its inside and its decorations, with beautiful 17th century. Open daily all year around : * June to Sept. everyday 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5:30pm * Oct. to May everyday but Mondays 10am - 12am & 2pm - 5pm Closed 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fee 6€ ; free admission children under 18 in family, and 18-25 EU-residents
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  • Average21%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“worth a visit” (2 reviews)
“prison” (12 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Place de la Liberation, 33410 Cadillac, France
+33 5 56 62 69 58
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Unexpectedly nice and historic castle. From 17th C intrigue to the abuses of penal system this was amazing. Fireplaces were incredible. Even the gift shop was special

Thank Jonmun
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Parked the car, walked through the walled gate and up the hill to this Chateau. Free on the Saturday and an Art exhibition in place too. Central staircase with rooms left and right. The fireplaces are just beyond imagination and some unfinished. The size and...More

Thank Orange54
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

The Chateau itself is an imposing building in the lovely town of Cadillac. The displays inside are what makes a visit so worthwhile. Each room has a magnificent fireplace and the walls are the showcase for a remarkable display of tapestries. Try to gain access...More

Thank Michael H
Pierre B, Gérant at Chateau de Cadillac, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Thank you for your comment !

Reviewed 1 May 2017

It started as a chateau, built by a protege of King Henri III. The tapestries and the large fire places are the main attractions in the large rooms which do not contain any furniture. During its long history part of the chateau was used as...More

1  Thank ACL3112
Pierre B, Gérant at Chateau de Cadillac, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

Thank you for your comment ! We hope to see you again.

Reviewed 6 December 2016

We did a river cruise that stopped in Cadillac. It is a very grand chateau with - at least in July - a very well done opera costume display in it.

Thank Katie V
Reviewed 27 October 2016

This Chateau is large and imposing, and doesn't have the restoration which makes these places interesting, in my opinion. The areas which housed the women prisoners were very sobering and even a little spooky. I can read some French but not enough to understand all...More

Thank dixiefowler
Reviewed 23 October 2016

This is worth a quick visit, but it is not a historic castle to spend hours in. It has been used for many purposes, including a prison, and a few areas are nicely restored. All signage is in French, and is very thorough. The grounds...More

Thank Nancy F
Reviewed 11 August 2016

The castle is very impressive despite being used as a women's prison over the years it's in good condition. At the time we visited there was a great exhibition of the costumes from an opera. This exhibition went very well with the castle I found.

Thank ruthli_11
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

This castle has an interesting history as the building noble man (forgot his name, my wife is the historian, not me) had no heirs hence the castle was later converted I to a women's prison. 3 levels and the garden were open to the public!...More

1  Thank Wietse N
Reviewed 31 May 2016

See also this same chateau reviewed (more correctly) as Chateau des Ducs d'Epernon. One of Henri III's favorites (or was it Henri IV?) demolished the medieval fortress at the top of the hill in 1599 and built a massive fortified home (with hilltop moat) that...More

1  Thank mrsagf
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