Château de Rambouillet

Château de Rambouillet - 78120 Rambouillet



A modified 14th-century stronghold at the heart of the Rambouillet forest. This royal residence, which welcomed, notably, François I, the Count of Toulouse, the Duke of Penthièvre, Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, Napoleon I, and many more. the royal residence then became the official residence of the presidents of the French Republic in 1883. In the park, you can find the Queen's Dairy and the Shell Cottage.The Queen's Dairy was created to amuse Marie-Antoinette. First you can visit the small sandstone building in the form of a neoclassical temple of which the first room is the dairy itself, which has lost its Sèvres porcelain vases and bowls used for tasting. The marble table and paving date back to the 1st Empire. An artificial cave with foliage running around it decorates a marble sculpture of Julien, a nymph and the goat Amalthée (1787). In the part of the park with the English garden, stands the cottage built by the Duke of Penthièvre for the Princess de Lamballe. Its unusual decoration is made from shells and chips of marble and mother-of-pearl. A small toilet cubicle, with painted wooden panelling, is adjacent to the great hall.


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.

Membre du Paris Museum Pass

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

Full price €9. Reduced price €7

Guided tour

Guided tour with a member of staff from the monument. Available in French or English upon reservation only. Duration: 1hr45.

Group tour

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 : 9.50am to noon and 1.50pm to 6pm (except Tuesdays). From October 1 to March 31 : 9.50am to noon and 1.50pm 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
Tel.. +33 (0) 1 34 83 00 25

  • 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

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