Château de Tanlay
Château de Tanlay
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10:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
About
Château de Tanlay : a renaissance gem in Burgundy dating from the 16th/17th century, built in the heart of the village by the family of the Admiral de Coligny, finished by a relative of Mazarin, it has remained in the same family for three centuries. Remarkable architecture, peaceful walk along the canal with fabulous view of the castle, Renaissance frescoes and trompe-l'oeils, furnished and decorated rooms.
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Bandit-One
Lucerne, Switzerland10 043 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Came to the small town of Tanlay for the chateau. We brought our Bulldog with, so we just wen for the exteriour visit. Be aware of the opening times (it's closed for lunchtime) when you visit.

The chateau was completed around in the middle of the 17th century. Even though construction have begun almost 100 years earlier. It's been in the hands of the same family since the 18th Century and is still owned by them.

It's a really nice chateau. Maybe not the biggest you've seen, but definitely one of the prettiest. It's a real looker. With the moat surrounding it it's a picture-perfect castle.

Make sure to go for a walk in the park/woods behind the castle. It's an easy, flat walk along the water. Dogs allowed here as well. A nice and relaxing spot with only few visitors.

Staff here was very nice and friendly, very welcoming. And 3 Euros for the exteriour visit a real steal. It takes a lot of money and manpower to take care of this chateau and its surroundings.

A very rewarding visit. Really enjoyed it. If you arrive by car you can park for free along the main road, just 1-2min away from the chateau.
Written 8 April 2022
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PBachLondonUK
London UK27 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Unlike most chateaux where you can either self guide or, even better, pick up an audio guide, the only option at Tanlay is a guided tour in French. We arrived at 10:15 (it opens at 10am) to find that the 10am tour was underway and our only option was to wait an hour until the next tour at 11:15 - no cafe nearby and the only way to fill the hour was to visit ‘the park’ - a short walk though scrubby grass along the riverbank. It took me back to my childhood when most chateaux tours were like this.
Written 23 August 2019
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stevelaff
Burgundy, France4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
Sadly although the web site says english translation is available our tour guide had very poor English and the information given in English was only half of that in French very disappointing for our non French speaking friends. The guide also did not cover many of the items inside. The tour has been cut down from a couple of years ago and sad to say the place is really in need of some TLC.
Written 21 June 2019
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Googly2010
Tonbridge, UK807 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
I am glad we stopped at Tanlay en route to our gite because we passed a most enjoyable hour and a half there. Although in need of a lot of repairs, the chateau contains most of the belongings of the current family owners, going back 300 years as well as a most impressive satirical ceiling fresco from the 1500s. The tour was in French with some added interjections in English, backed up with a written room guide in English. If this were in the UK it would be a treasure of the National Trust or English Heritage!
Written 9 June 2019
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BathonianBath
Bath, UK35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
My husband's wheelchair just about managed to traverse the entrance courtyard - it really was in quite poor condition.

However, once in, the chateau was fascinating in the fact that it contained much from before the revolution as apparently, unusually, it wasn't ransacked at that time

My husband could only see the ground floor and had to remain below while the rest of us went up to the fascinating second floor with its secret room and magnificent ballroom with amazing trompe d'oeil decoration.

It is perfectly understandable that in many very ancient buildings access by wheelchair is very limited, but perhaps a "lookbook" could be provided for those who cannot make it upstairs? We were not allowed to take pictures so I was unable to show him inaccessible parts of a building on my phone, as I usually do.

We visited on the French "Patrimone" Day so there were quite a few visitor and we were able to see one or two areas not normally shown.

The guides were exemplary - a young lady accompanied us and gave an English language tour. Her knowledge was excellent, despite only having been working there a short time. A really good guide really makes a visit to a historical place - not just the general history but all the little human stories they relate really bring it to life.

In our books, well worth a visit. But please provide something for wheechair visitors to look at while the rest of the group go upstairs!
Written 14 November 2018
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sharontw2015
Walnut Creek, CA10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
Chateau de Tanlay is a beautiful property. Portions of the chateau are open for viewing, by guided tour only. The tours are given in French, with handouts available in multiple languages for those who do not speak French. Unfortunately, it is not possible to receive the same level of detail by reading a handout while walking through the rooms. The chateau has seen far better days and is in need of much repair. Hopefully, tourism will help keep this lovely property alive.
Written 14 October 2018
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Scenic70291
Toledo, OH632 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
Tanlay Castle is a very attractive, Renaissance-style building surrounded by beautiful grounds typical of what you would find in the Loire Valley. The entire building is surrounded by an impressive moat system that adds to the elegance & Impressiveness of the castle. The main facade features two large pyramidal towers with additional large wings on both sides around an open courtyard, which suggest opulence and wealth. The interior of the castle, which is far more impressive than the exterior, is sumptuous & luxurious, w salons on the 1st Fl and a long gallery on the 2nd Fl., which features many impressive paintings. The castle is open from mid-March until the end of October, except Tuesdays, and is well worth a visit if you are in the area. The Village itself is quite small and mostly residential although there is a path along the very lovely Burgundy Canal.
Written 13 September 2018
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MarkViv
London45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
A cycle along from our campsite, and a great find. The young tour guide was outstanding in his knowledge of French history and English. This brought the tour around the rooms open , to life. Too few people visit this chateau which of course makes it wonderful for those who do turn up. Give it a try....
Written 28 July 2018
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Amnon F
Tel Aviv District, Israel1 036 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
This castle has a very interesting entrance flagged from both sides by pagoda like towers. Inside you can only visit with a guide who leads you through the rooms and gives quiet a nice explanation as to the furniture but more to the essence of the epoque.
Maintenance of some rooms can be improved as paint is peeling off but on the whole an impressive Chateau which justifies the trip .
If you come in winter or even beginning of spring make sure you wear warm clothing as it is pretty cold and damp inside
Written 5 April 2018
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fssutton1
Charleston, SC852 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
I would go out of my way to visit this Chateau. Don't let the unperfect nature of the exterior put you off. This is a marvelous piece of history. You must take a guided tour, ours was at 1000 and it was in English. There are 5 a day and it takes 1 hour. The interior is quite impressive. Our guide was loaded with facts. If you also plan to visit the nearby excellent chateau, Ancy de France, then you get a discount on the second admission fee.
Written 9 November 2017
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