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Address: Place de la Liberation, 33410 Cadillac, France
Phone Number: +33 5 56 62 69 58
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The Château of Cadillac, built from 1599, illustrates all the Jean-Louis...

The Château of Cadillac, built from 1599, illustrates all the Jean-Louis Nogaret of Valetta 's power, first Duke of Epernon. Strongly marked by more than hundred years of prison activity, then restored and revalued, it takes up, in its inside and its decorations, today with beautiful 18th century. Open: > June to September: from 10 a.m. to 1.15 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. > October to May: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed: > Mondays from October to May. > 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 5,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

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If in Cadillac, worth a visit

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 August 2016
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Lethbridge, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 the placards (none were English). The price is only 5.50 Euro/adult, which is fair for... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 are now just a rough field.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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4 of 5 bubbles 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! Amazing chimneys! I hope the restoration works will continue as this is a really interesting... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 is wildly out of scale with the surrounding town and can be seen for miles... More 

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washington dc
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

See also this same chateau reviewed as Chateau de Cadillac. There are more reviews in English there.

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Essex UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

In addition to the fabulous marble fireplaces, which may not be to everyone's taste, there are more 17C tapestries than I have ever seen in one place. I am truly amazed that the whole collection is not in the Louvre, where, apparently two missing from the collection are exhibited. On the day we visited, they were mounting an exhibition of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

The castle stands out for two things.First, a large number of huge fireplaces. Second, the exhibit on the place's function as a prison for women from the 19th century to the early 1950s.

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paris france
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

We were in Bordeaux for two weeks and had an opportunity to explore the surrounding area. We spent a few hours in Cadillac and visited the Chateau. I thought it was a really amazing Chateau with its outer walls and the inside is enormous. Couple of things, check the hours it's open as it closes during lunch typically. Also, they... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015

The exterior of this Chateau is beautiful, still in good shape. I do recommend you go down near the main entrance of the village and walk along Rue Cazeaux Cazalet, around the base of the Chateau. There is an excellent back and side views of the Chateau, much more impressive than its front entrance.

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