We inform our visitors that the Château de Valençay will be closed to visitors on Thursday, September 16, 2021 exceptionally. We apologize in advance for the inconvenience caused and thank you for your understandin
WELCOME TO CHATEAU DE VALENCAY
The Valençay estate is a major French heritage destination, with a rich and singular history that started during the Renaissance with the Estampes family, before becoming the home of the illustrious Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, an unparalleled diplomat and minister to Napoleon. The château features an abundance of historical furnishings, as well as a large park spanning some 50 hectares, alternating between gardens and forests. It also played an important role during World War II, as a storehouse for works of art from the Louvre.
Today, the château is driven by a desire to share a unique experience with visitors who will appreciate every aspect of its way of life, along with the vibrations emanating from this living place.
The Château de Valençay is one of the major sites in the Loire Valley.
In application of government instructions, from July 21, 2021, presentation of the health pass is mandatory for visiting the castle and gardens.
This applies to persons aged 18 and over (for those under 18: obligation postponed to August 30).
The health pass will be requested upon arrival at the ticket office. It can be presented in paper format with QR Code, in PDF format or with the “TousAntiCovid” application.
Access to the castle and the gardens will therefore be possible on condition that one of the following supporting documents is presented:
- – Proof of vaccination, provided that people have a complete vaccination schedule (seven days after the second dose)
– Proof of a negative RT-PCR or antigen test of less than 48 hours
– The result of an RT-PCR or antigen test attesting to recovery from Covid-19 dating at least 11 days and less than six months
– Please note: self-tests are not accepted as part of the health pass.
For more information on the health pass: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus/pass-sanitaire
Château de Valençay is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
The Speed Visit is an outdoor visit of the architecture of the castle lasting 30 minutes, everyday in July and August at 10:45 a.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. (only in French).
A visit to the theater and its period settings takes place everyday in July and August at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. (only in French).
For health reasons, there are no guided tours of the castle, nor of the exhibition, but only audio guides included in the price of the individual ticket. Gourmet Thursdays will also not be able to take place this 2021 season. Thank you for your understanding.
Discover our new exhibition « FROM THE LOUVRE TO VALENCAY, 1939-1946 »
Open May 19 to November 11, 2021
A symbol of art in wartime, the draped Venus de Milo is preparing to leave the Louvre for an unusual trip to Valençay. This iconic picture summarizes the striking contrast between the serenity of this timeless piece and the state of emergency caused by the Second World War. The Château de Valençay was one of the major storehouses chosen to safeguard the collections that belonged to the country’s national museums. Recent research has shed some light on the activities of this warehouse, which was notably managed by the curators Carle Dreyfus and Gerald Van der Kemp, as well as on the daily lives of the occupants of the home of Boson de Talleyrand-Périgord, the last Duke of Valençay.
Only in French
Beautiful collections of furniture sculptures, paintings and precious objects give the Château of Valençay a still inhabited look. Various coordinating styles contribute to this place’s charm and bear witness to the drastic changes in French government throughout Prince of Talleyrand’s lifetime. The Empire-style furniture is absolutely stunning in the light coming through the large windows with its power, strength and references to the Napoleonic era. Through its elegance and charm, the 18th century furniture reflects the light-hearted and worldly spirit of aristocratic society that defined the style and etiquette of the great lord that Talleyrand never ceased to be.
The Château de Valençay contains a theater known for its extraordinary authenticity. Most of the period ornamentation and props have been preserved, particularly a remarkable series of sets. Designed at the request of Talleyrand, to entertain him and his guests, it was built between 1819 and 1820, as part of a large-scale construction project that brought in local artisans and other specialists, like the Parisian decorator Ciceri.
The château’s sporadic cultural seasons unfold in this setting, where talented actors and musicians make the building resonate with sensitivity and artistic fervor.
PARK AND GARDENS
This vast green area is an excellent opportunity for visitors of all ages to take a stroll, explore and relax. Plants and animals have always played an important role in the domain of Valençay. Today, biodiversity and species protection are managed in an eco-friendly way and focus on sustainable development and eco-responsibility. Renewed each season, the flower beds are designed to give the château a colorful setting worthy of its architectural splendor. Filled with 25 different tree species, the forest is carefully maintained and plays an educational role with signs that provide information on their different origins, uses and biology. Visitors can explore it on foot or by electric golf cart on a 4km path.
Between a prince, a princess, a duchess, cooks and actors, all of the ingredients are there to inspire the daydreams of youngsters, as they gaze upon the château’s magnificent features with wonder.
Booklets of games and trivia are available for free at the château’s entrance.
In the gardens, it goes without saying that the farm animals are favorites with our younger guests, who are fascinated by the (goat) kids leaping, the lambs bleating, the geese jeering, and the list goes on.
In the middle of the lovely, little herb-filled Antonin’s Garden, come and play the Game of Scents, as you try to identify the hidden plant species…
There is also a children’s playground near the château, with slides and a wooden play structure.
Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, a sophisticated gourmet, made the Château de Valençay into a temple of culinary art. As an expert in politics and diplomacy, he knew that a well-stocked dining table can be an excellent weapon. Not to be outdone, his successors brilliantly carried on that tradition of fine cuisine. The history and atmosphere of the Château de Valençay are still imbued with that delicate and refined lifestyle today.
VALENÇAY, TALLEYRAND’S RENAISSANCE CHATEAU
A complete monograph of the Valençay estate was published in August 2020 by Editions Albin Michel. Gorgeously illustrated by dazzling photographs taken by Benjamin Chelly, this book was perfectly penned by Anne Gérardot, a graduate of the Ecole Nationale des Chartes (National School of History) and former director of the Indre departmental archives, which houses the archives of the Château de Valençay.
Only in French
AT THE TABLE OF THE CHATEAU DE VALENCAY
The famous kitchens at the Château de Valençay reveal their entire history, between fine cuisine, lifestyle and regional products, in a book by Anne Gérardot, published by the Presses Universitaires François Rabelais de Tours, 2021 edition.
Only in French
Valençay’s Notebooks were created to publish special research on the history of the château and its owners. This collection aims to meld scientific rigor with the desire to share and pass on knowledge. The researchers, scholars and students who participate in this adventure have all agreed to the free dissemination of their work.
The results of this research serve to enrich knowledge of the Valençay estate. They also provide precious fodder to fuel both the necessary artistic creation and the site’s tourist and heritage experience.
Only in French