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.
Epoque des collections
- Byzance (IVe - XVe)
- Moyen Age (Ve - XVe)
- Gothique (XIIe - XVe)
- Rococo (XVIIIe)
- Néoclassicisme (XVIIIe - XIXe)
- Romantisme (XVIIIe - XIXe)
Services and facilities of the establishment
- Gift shop
- Member of the Paris Museum Pass
Documentation in a foreign language
Combined ticketsTicket includes the castle, the Queen's Dairy and the Shell Cottage
Prices and times
Entrance fees and modalities
Group tourGroup : €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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free for young people and childrenUnder 18s.
Visit by time slot for the Queen's Dairy from April to September (coupon with time slot delivered only at the castle ticket office): 10am-10.20am; 11am-11:20am; 1:30pm-1:50pm; 2:30pm-2:50pm; 3:30pm to 3:50pm; 4.30pm-4.50pm (April to September for this last time slot).
Visit by time slot for the Chaumière aux Coquillages (coupon with time slot only available at the castle ticket office): 10.30am-10.50am; 11:30 am-11:50am; 2pm-2.20pm; 3pm-3:20pm; 4pm-4:20pm; 5pm-5.20pm (April to September for this last time slot).
- Easter Monday
- Ascension Day
- 8 May
- Whit Monday
- 14 July
- 15 August
Voir la carte
Château de Rambouillet
Château de Rambouillet
Tel.. +33 (0) 1 34 83 00 25
SNCF - Rambouillet
- Free admission for disabled visitors on presentation of proof
- Free admission for the accompanying person
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