Château de Rambouillet

Château de Rambouillet - 78120 Rambouillet



A furnished château in which the “Appartement d’Assemblée” is decorated with superb rocaille wood panelling.
Over the years the 14th century fortified castle has provided shelter for many distinguished figures, who gradually transformed it into a leisure residence acquired by Louis XVI. In the second half of the eighteenth century, it was bordered by a “jardin à la française”, or French formal garden, consisting of several canals and six islands, and an English landscaped garden.
In this haven of greenery you can find two remarkable places: Built by the Duke of Penthièvre for the Princesse de Lamballe between 1779 and 1780, Shell Cottage boasts one of the finest pearl and shell decors in Europe. Nearby, the Queen’s Dairy, built at the request of Louis XVI for Marie Antoinette, is home to the group statue of “Amalthea and the Nymph” by Pierre Julien.
Site with the “Outstanding Garden” label.


View of the canals.

Epoque des collections

  • Byzance (IVe - XVe)
  • Moyen Age (Ve - XVe)
  • Gothique (XIIe - XVe)
  • Rococo (XVIIIe)
  • Néoclassicisme (XVIIIe - XIXe)
  • Romantisme (XVIIIe - XIXe)


French garden surrounding the chateau.

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Services and facilities of the establishment

  • Gift shop
  • Bookshop
  • Member of the Paris Museum Pass

Languages spoken

  • English

Documentation in a foreign language

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

Combined tickets

Ticket includes the castle, the Queen's Dairy and the Shell Cottage

Entrance fees and modalities

Independent tour

€7.50; Marie-Antoinette Pass : €26 (includ access to Château de Rambouillet, Conciergerie, Chapelle expiatoire, and Basilique cathédrale de Saint-Denis)

Group tour

Group : €7.50; Information and reservations for tours of the estate (chateau, dairy and cottage) and a ride around the gardens in a horse-drawn carriage. Tel: +33 (0)1 34 83 00 25. Fax: +33 (0)1 34 94 28 58. Email:


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

Free for young people and children

Under 18s.

Closing times


Opening times

From April 1 to September 30 : 10am to noon and 1.30pm to 6pm (except Tuesdays). From October 1 to March 31 : 10am to noon and 1.30pm to 5pm (except Tuesdays).

Exceptional opening

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

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Château de Rambouillet

Château de Rambouillet
78120 Rambouillet

  • SNCF - Rambouillet

Access facilities

  • Free admission for disabled visitors on presentation of proof
  • Free admission for the accompanying person

Accessibility information

The château is not accessible to wheelchair users (many stairs and split-level floors).

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Chateau in the same district: Rambouillet

Chateau in Paris and in the Paris Region: Chateau

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