Château de la Madeleine

La Madeleine Castle

With a breathtaking view of the Chevreuse valley, the medieval castle of La Madeleine is a still well-preserved testimony of the defensive architecture in the time of chivalry. A stroll between history and nature.

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Dating back for its early parts to the 11th century, the Château de La Madeleine in Chevreuse, west of Paris, offers a breathtaking view of the Yvette valley. Its donjon surrounded by ramparts and towers still well preserved plunges you into the Middle Ages**. The visit of the inner courtyard, the Guard Tower and the cellars presenting the exhibition "Vie de château" are accessible free of charge. You will discover the history of this site, which has gone through troubled times, from the Hundred Years War to the Wars of Religion, and has been home to great figures such as Jean Racine, who gave his name to the access road from the town to the castle. A play book for children is also available at the reception of the castle.

The castle now houses the Maison du Parc Naturel Régional de la Haute Vallée de Chevreuse which offers a discovery of the surrounding natural heritage.

Enough to combine a historical visit with an awareness of nature and offer a nice family outing.

Discover the La Madeleine Castle through one of the treasure hunts in the Paris Region Adventures application specially designed for families and downloadable free of charge.

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Community facilities

Access and contact

Chemin Jean Racine
78460 Chevreuse

    Days and opening hours

    From 01/04 to 3009 between 11 am and 8 pm. Closed on Monday. Closed exceptionally on July 14th.
    From 01/10 to 3103 between 11 am and 6 pm. Closed on Monday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th.


    • Free


    • Exhibition space


    • Tourist brochures
    • Tourist information
    • Guided tours


    Spoken languages

    • French

    Single services tour

    • Unguided individual tours available permanently
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    • Reception staff sensitized to the reception of people with disabilities

    Chemin Jean Racine
    78460 Chevreuse

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