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Chateau de Culan

| Esplanade du Château, 18270 Culan, France
+33 2 48 56 66 66
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Great visit

Great value for money. The tour guide was a very knowledgeable historian who was great and nice to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sivaraja S
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Graceful chateau with beautiful gardens

This is another hidden gem in rural central France. It's a medieval castle perched on a rocky... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2017
Stephanie D
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The Chateau de Culan is a medieval castel, a fortress from 12th-15th century. One of the oldest castles still occupied in the world. The castle classified as a french "Monument historique" has known a turbulent history. It is built on a rocky outcrop dominating the River Arnon (a classified natural site). The first wooden construction, of which nothing remains, was demolished in the 10th century. A second building was besieged and destroyed by King Philip II Augustus of France (1188). The present castle dates from the 12th century until the 15th century, with additions from the Renaissance. It has belonged, among the others, to Admiral Louis de Culant (1360 – 1444), to Maximilien de Béthune, duc de Sully (1599 – 1621), and later the Prince de Condé. In 1651, during the Fronde, Mazarin laid siege to the town with royal troops and destroyed the 15th century ramparts. During the Revolution, the castle lands were shared among several families and the fortress was sold as national property. Around the castle, at the end of the 20th century, 'medieval gardens' were laid out. The castle received several famous visitors: Joan of Arc, Louis XI, Sully, Madame de Sévigné, the novelist George Sand, the writer Ernest Renan, General Charles de Gaulle and painters who have made exhibitions here like Picasso, Buffet or Vasarely.
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2 weeks ago
“Great visit”
2 Jul 2017
“Graceful chateau with beautiful gardens”
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| Esplanade du Château, 18270 Culan, France
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great value for money. The tour guide was a very knowledgeable historian who was great and nice to the kids. The castle is linked with lots of historical moments. The gardens outside we're nice with a good view, the tour inside was good, but may...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2017

This is another hidden gem in rural central France. It's a medieval castle perched on a rocky outcrop with smallish but gorgeous gardens, which include wild and formal areas. We only visited the gardens since my companions weren't as history-obsessed as I am! However, there...More

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Reviewed 5 April 2017

We were disappointed to learn that, owing to lack of guides, we were not able to view the interior of the chateau on a weekday. We therefore were charged 6 euros per person rather than the usual 10. We walked round the outside and visited...More

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Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Ie chateau Culan is a charming castlen And the stories of the guide brings the castle and the history of the region alive.

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Reviewed 10 September 2015

This review is based on the gardens only. We were only able to visit the gardens when we went, the castle was closed. The gardens however were a llittle disappointing and looked as though they needed some work. It's a beautiful setting and there were...More

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Reviewed 18 June 2015

We travelled 30 miles (and back) to visit this chateau this morning, having checked opening times for June currently on the Internet. So you can guess what. Closed ! We asked in the Office de Tourisme where a very helpful young lady explained that the...More

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Reviewed 14 August 2014

Lovely views. Amazing gardens. Very interesting. Great for couples and families. A very quaint village.

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Reviewed 22 June 2014

Chateau de Culan is slightly off the Loire Valley tourist route,but it is lovely all the same. It is worth a couple of hours of your time and when combined with the regular falconry display provides a highly satisfying visit. We spent the morning here,and...More

Thank Graham E
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