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Chateau de Pau

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Address: 2, Rue du Chateau, 64000 Pau, Communaute d'Agglomeration Pau-Pyrenees, France
Phone Number:
+33 5 59 82 38 00
09:30 - 11:45
14:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 11:45
14:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Louis-Philippe, who held dear the celebration of French historical...

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

Reviewed 3 days ago
Alastair E
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

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

Thank Alastair E
Johannesburg, South Africa
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57 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Lausanne, Switzerland
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 tour was done by a very friendly chap in French with lots of jokes. Several... More 

Thank familywithteenagers6
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 au 100 couverts" and "La salle des armuriers" were closed in preparation of an exhibition.... More 

Thank Southjp
Istanbul, Turkey
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

The chateau is interesting and significant historically, and has some good contents on display. However, the old days when you had to have a visite guidee to every historical building in France are now long gone, I'm pleased to say. So the fact that this chateau can only be visited with a French guide is rather old-fashioned. Maybe fluent French... More 

Thank peter H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

We visited the Château de Pau when it happened to be the first Sunday, so the bonus was that admission was free, but the tours were considerably busier than they would have been otherwise. The guided tour was in French and although we're were given a printed sheet with a summary of the points for each room I could tell... More 

Thank plunet
York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Most people with or without an interest in history will enjoy a visit to the Chateau de Pau. It is a very well preserved example of a medieval chateau setting in a stunning setting with views over the Pyrenees. For those people with an interest in history it is the birth place of Henry IV, one of the most influential... More 

Thank Ian G
Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Nice and quiet place to visit, the castle has an interesting architecture and a spectacular mountain panorama - specially at the sunrise (i recommend you try to catch the sunrise near the castle)...

Thank Cristian G
Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

I would more recommend the outside of the Chateau, its garden. If you happen to visit inside, choose a guided visit.

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