Château de Vincennes

1 avenue de Paris - 94300 Vincennes

94 - Val-de-Marne


A royal residence on the edges of Paris.
The Château of Vincennes was used as royal residence from the 12th to 18th century and it has preserved its medieval towers, the Sainte-Chapelle and the 14th century keep which is the highest of its kind in Europe. In 1365, Charles V, King of France, transformed the family manor house at Vincennes into a more suitable royal dwelling and built the present keep to house his art collection and manuscripts. From the early 15th century to the 1800s, the keep was used as a prison, a symbol of absolute State power, which saw the imprisonment of famous figures such as Fouquet, the Marquis de Sade, and Mirabeau. The Sainte-Chapelle started in 1379 offers to the public a remarkable decorative ensemble and realised the dreams of King Charles V to add a truly exceptional religious edifice to this impressive fortress. Visit the gatehouse parapet and discover the two offices of the King’s secretary. In the Sainte-Chapelle, the sacristy, attics and Treasury are now open to visitors.

Architectural style

  • XIXè siècle


  • Archéologie
  • Architecture
  • Archives militaires
  • Histoire

Epoque des collections

  • Byzance (IVe - XVe)
  • Moyen Age (Ve - XVe)
  • Gothique (XIIe - XVe)
  • Renaissance (XVe - XVIe)
  • Maniérisme (XVIe)
  • Baroque (XVIe - XVIIe)


Terrace keep on the 5th level (view over the town of Vincennes)

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Services and facilities of the establishment

  • Educational activities
  • Gift shop
  • Bookshop
  • Member of the Paris Museum Pass
  • Visitor tools

Documentation in a foreign language

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Chinese

Visitor tools

Audioguide €3

Combined tickets

With Sainte-Chapelle de Paris

Entrance fees and modalities

Independent tour

€9.50 / €7 (concessions)

Group tour

Group tours €7.5; For group (in French) bookings only:


Free for all on the first Sunday of the month from 1 November to 31 March.
Free for those under 26 from countries within the European Union as well as primary and secondary school teachers (except temporary exhibitions).
Free for the disabled and an accompanying person as well as job seekers and those on French welfare benefits.

Free for young people and children

Under 18s

Methods of payment

  • CB/Visa
  • Eurocard/Mastercard
  • Traveler's Cheques
  • Chèque Vacances

Opening times

May 21 to September 22: 10am-6pm (Sainte-Chapelle, 10:30am-1pm and 2pm-5:30pm). September 23 to May 20: 10am-5pm (Sainte-Chapelle, 10:30am-1pm and 2pm-4:30pm). April 1 to May 20: weekends and holidays, 10am-6pm (Sainte-Chapelle, 10:30am-1pm and 2pm-5:30pm).

Exceptional opening

  • Easter
  • Easter Monday
  • Ascension Day
  • 8 May
  • Whitsuntide
  • Whit Monday
  • 14 July
  • 15 August
  • 1 November
  • 11 November

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Château de Vincennes

1 avenue de Paris
94300 Vincennes

  • Subway - Château de Vincennes
  • RER - Vincennes
  • Bus - 56, 115
  • By car: On the périphérique (Paris ring road), take the exit for Porte de Vincennes or Porte Dorée

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

  • Hearing Hearing
  • Mental Mental
  • Physical Physical
  • Visual Visual

Access facilities

  • Adapted activities and visits
  • Free admission for disabled visitors on presentation of proof
  • Free admission for the accompanying person

Accessibility information

-Physical disability: free parking next to the Parc Floral, possible for a quick drop off (please state and organize when reserving). The Château de Vincennes is partially accessible (outside areas, ground floor from donjon). Accompanying person required (cobbles, 4% inclining slope). The donjon floors and châtelet are not accessible. Adapted toilets available.

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You can download the brochure presenting the various tours on offer for disabled people in the 12 national monuments in Paris and the Paris region by visiting the 'Contacts par Région' tab.

Contact :

Centre des Monuments Nationaux Pôle Île-de-France
22, avenue Victoria - 75001 Paris

More details on accessibility

Chateau in the same district: 94 - Val-de-Marne

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