Château de Rambouillet

Château de Rambouillet

In the heart of the Rambouillet forest, experience the intimacy of this once royal residence, which has been home to the greatest figures of French history, from Francis I to the Presidents of the Republic.

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  2. Museums and monuments
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  4. Château de Rambouillet


Covid-19 information : a health pass or a test taken within the last 48 hours is required at the entrance.

Accessible by train from the Montparnasse station, and just 45 minutes from Paris, the recently restored château de Rambouillet will immerse you in the intimate history of France. Constructed in 1345, the castle was once a royal residence built in the heart of the giant forest. Francis I, Louis XVI and Napoléon I all took up residence here. Today this domain, which later became a presidential residence, still welcomes heads of state. As you walk through the rooms charged with history (Francis I died here, and Napoléon I spent his last night in France here), you’ll soon come across Marie-Antoinette’s boudoir, a grand room with superb woodwork, and later, a medieval tower.

A great family visit

After visiting the château, the garden’s 150-hectare park awaits you. Delve into the splendour of royal life with two architectural marvels, unique in Europe. There is the Queen’s Dairy (*) to discover, created by Louis XVI to entertain Marie-Antoinette. In this neoclassical temple, the queen would come to sip fresh milk and play at farm life. Further on stands the Shell Cottage (*) set within an English garden. Crafted with unmatched skill, the astonishing décor is composed of shells, mother-of-pearl and fragments of marble. As you leave, don’t miss the educational farm the Bergerie Nationale de Rambouillet, the National Sheepfold, constructed in 1785 by Louis XVI. Finally, go boating on the canals of the French-style garden, or take a ride in an electric car or a bicycle before taking a gourmet break in the shade of the linden trees.

Discover the Château de Rambouillet through one of the treasure hunts in the Paris Region Adventures application specially designed for families and downloadable free of charge.

And don't miss the Pass Marie-Antoinette to discover 4 emblematic sites in Paris Region that marked the queen's destiny!

TOP TIP: the admission ticket to the Château de Rambouillet is included in the Paris Region Pass Experience.

*The meeting point at the Queen's Dairy is 1 hour after the castle visit. The dairy is open from 11am to 12.15pm and from 1.45pm to 5.30pmThe Shell Cottage is closed *.

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Château de Rambouillet, Laiterie de la Reine et Chaumière aux Coquillages
78120 Rambouillet

Days and opening hours

Establishment closed temporarily.


  • From 01/04 to 30/09/2021 Full price: 9.50 € Reduced price: 7.50 € Set price group children: from 40 €.
    From 01/10/2021 to 31/03/2022 Full price: 9.50 € Reduced price: 7.50 € Set price group children: from 40 €.
    Free entry for children < 18 years. Group rate available for > 20 people.
    Free - for children aged under 18 and for young adults aged under 26 residents of the European Union.
    Included in the Paris Mauseum Pass.


  • Parking
  • Public WC


  • Room hire
  • Shop
  • Educational visits
  • Guided tours


  • Children&#039;s entertainment
  • Temporary exhibition
  • Activity


Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Guided tour languages

  • English

Documentation languages (home)

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Russian

Bulletin board languages

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Russian

Single mean time tour

50 mins

Single services tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
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  • Not accessible in a wheelchair