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“Worth a detour”

Chantier Medieval de Guedelon
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Treigny
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Deep in the forests of northern Burgundy, a team of master-builders is building a C13th castle from scratch.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 14 May 2014

We all loved this one - kids and parents equally. Fascinating, well-done, and a very worthwhile day. Allow at least 3 hours and just stroll.

Thank Ashley M
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

If you or your children are even remotely "into" medieval history, this is a must-visit attraction that brings history to life. The French workers use only the techniques available in the 13th century, so even years afterward you will think of all chateaux, chapels and cathedrals differently. The period actors truly embrace their "inner medievalist," whether they are making ropes, blowing glass or generating energy in the "human hamster wheel." (Most of the workers speak only French, but you will still learn quite a bit from observing everyone in costume.) Guedelon is the closest thing that France has to England's Warwick Castle or Hampton Court -- with a cool twist because every time you go, you can check on the building's progress. Only caution: If you have the option, try to go during a dry spell. The entire site, particularly the village area where the goats, chickens and pigs are kept, can get incredibly muddy if you go after a summer storm. Or else prepare to get muddy -- and enjoy the fact that, unlike in the medieval era, you have quick-dry fleeces and waterproof boots.

3  Thank Paris2Patagonia
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

We detoured to visit this wonderful site - and spent hours wandering through the recreation of a medieval castle using 13th Century tools. We saw stonemasons, blacksmiths, carpenters, tilers, rope makers, timber cutters and small farm holders - great for the kids too.

We were amazed at just how far the building has progressed, given the low number of workers on the site. Absolutely worth the visit!

2  Thank Penny G
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Reviewed 20 November 2013 via mobile

We reworked our entire roadtrip plan so as to be able to see Guédelon, based solely on my sister's recommendation. It was absolutely wirth it! We have many sites of historical interpretation in Canada, but I have never seen anything that comes close to this. To watch the castle taking shape in front of us was incredible. The people at the cash were not very welcoming, but everyone else was willing to chat (although perhaps not quite as passionate as we are used to back home) My three year old was facinated to see all the workshops and tradesmen, although when asked what the highlight of his visit was, he responded "the pigs!". I highly recommend this site, and hope some day to make it back to France to see the finished product.

2  Thank Jupitet
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

For some reason many people have the impression that this is going to be a cheesy, fake medieval style Disneyland/amusement park kind of a place. THIS IS NOT THE CASE!!! The site is an amazing and ambitious project that many dedicated people have been working at since 1997. The site is interactive and you can take a guided tour through the site (if you speak English then i strongly recommend SARAH, she is a delight!) so that you can fully appreciate the extent of the work that is being done and the details of what it entails. Allow at least an hour for the guided tour and another 40 mins or so to walk through the site to see the various workshops. The workers are all friendly and will answer any questions that you have. Try to plan your visit before or after 1pm as this is when the staff have their lunch break and therefore stop work at the site until 2pm.

3  Thank vegagala
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