Château of Valençay

  • Distance: 30 km

Located in the Berry region, the Park & Château of Valençay came into existence in the time of Louis XIII, and were built on the site of an ancient feudal fortress. Over the years, its architecture became transformed, combining early Renaissance and Classical styles harmoniously. In 1803, Napoleon bought this magnificent château, which then became the property of the Prince of Talleyrand, Minister of Foreign Affairs, thus allowing him to host the dignitaries of the Empire in full splendour

The Château of Valençay houses an exceptional collection of Louis XVI and Empire-style furniture, and the Small Theatre built in 1810 by order of Talleyrand. It was built for the purpose of entertaining the future king of Spain, Ferdinand VII, who was confined as a prisoner at Valençay in a golden cage for 6 years. Its park and forest cover more than 50 hectares.

Audio-guides are available in 6 languages, along with: a historical film, a visit of the large kitchens, Napoleon’s vast maze, the children’s château, the small farm, the flowered checkerboard, a visit of the French-style gardens (complete with soundtrack), a visit of the château in period-costume


  • Musical spectacles La Dive bouteille at the small Theatre of the Château: May 2nd to 12th, 2013
  • Baroque theatre spectacles Les Folies française at the small Theatre of the Château: May 24th and 25, 2013
  • Candlelit visits of the Château: July 20th, August 3rd and 10th, 2013
  • For the children: Great eggs hunting / Easter weekend March 31st and April 1st, 2013