One of the greatest French châteaux, Fontainebleau is the only castle inhabited by sovereigns from the 12th to the 19 century. Napoleon was the great restorer of Fontainebleau castle. He completely refurnished it after the Revolution abdicating thereafter in 1814. In his memoirs; he did not hesitate to refer it as the “true home of kings”. The museum that embodies this imperial past id dedicated to him today. Fontainebleau is home to Renaissance masterpieces commissioned by Francis I, the refined interiors of Marie-Antoinette. Napoleon’s ceremonial house, the taste of Napoleon III and Eugenie. Witness the court life of the sovereign, official and private, Fontainebleau embodies the art of French living, better than anywhere else. The Fontainebleau palace and it’s 130 hectare gardens have been listed as world heritage by UNESCO since 1981.
The Château is open every day except Tuesdays, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December. - October to March: 9.30 am – 5.00 pm (last admission at 4.15 pm). - April to September: 9.30 am – 6.00 pm (last admission at 5.15 pm). Please note: the visiting time for the main circuit is approximately 1 hr 30 mins, and the closure of certain areas begins 1 hour before closure of the Château (from 4.00 pm in October to March and from 5.00 pm in April to September). The Château therefore offers you a half-price rate, 1 hour before closure, which must be obtained from the ticket desk
Ticket valid for 1 year from date of purchase. Ticket valid for the whole day of your visit. It allows you to come and go freely from the Château within the opening hours. A videoguide can be hired on the day of your visit, for €3.Costume hire during school holidays. N.B. tickets for printing or saving on your smartphone
A special route takes you on a journey to meet the many rulers who called Fontainebleau their own. You will discover the chateau’s iconic locations such as the Francis I Gallery and the Galerie des Cerfs, some of which are closed to the public. Suitable for ages 7+
Duration: 1 hour 30 mins
Meeting point: checkout