Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte

  • Historic site and monument
  • Historic patrimony
  • Castle

A masterpiece of classical art, Vaux-le-Vicomte is the work of three men of genius: the architect Louis Le Vau, the painter Charles Le Brun and the gardener André Le Nôtre, brought together by Nicolas Fouquet.

A meeting of the arts, good taste and refinement, Vaux-le-Vicomte today reflects French 17th-century way of life. Visit the fully decorated and furnished château, the French garden and the carriage museum. Explore the gardens from an electric buggy and admire the panoramic views from the dome.

Spotlight on Families

This architectural splendour of the 17th century was built for Nicolas Fouquet, Superintendent of Finances in France under King Louis XIV. The Sun King was so impressed by the splendour of this beautiful white stone building and the French gardens designed by Le Nôtre, that he was inspired to build Versailles.

Discover the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in your own way. Explore the 35 hectares of parkland and admire the beautiful views of the Château and garden from one of the electric buggies which are available for hire. In summer, relive the magic of 17th-century festivities with the Château bathed in the light of thousands of candles and a backdrop of classical music.

Children will love the booklets containing scavenger hunts and puzzles which are included with a child's admission ticket. While the kids are having fun, admire the views from the terrace of the Ecureuil, a self-service restaurant located in a wing of one of the château's outbuildings .


  • Explore Le Nôtre's garden Note:

  • Pushchair access (in the gardens only)

Facilities and services:

  • Ticket office (discount available for groups of 20+ people)

  • Audio guides in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese and Japanese

  • Guided tours (booking required)

  • Venue hire: seminars and receptions

  • Catering options for groups in Le Relais de l'Écureuil (lunch, dinner, snacks, wine and cheese tasting)

  • Champagne bar Le Songe de Vaux in the French garden (during candlelit evenings)

  • Children's tours: costume hire, workshops and educational tools, tour led by a guide in period dress

Opening and closing times

From 22/05 to 07/11/2021 between 11 am and 6 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. The estate is open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 11am to 6pm (last access to the castle: 5pm / last access to the gardens: 5.30pm)

In May: only on the 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 29th and 30th

From 2 June, the entire estate (castle and garden) is open every day from Wednesday to Sunday. Reservations required.

Candlelight evenings: every Saturday from 3 July to 2 October 2021. The estate is open from 2pm to 11pm. Reservation required.


Full price: 0 to 9 € (Visit of the gardens from 8 May 2021 (online booking required)

From 6 years old: 9 €.
Children under 6 years old: free
Disabled person: €8)
Adult: 16.90 €
Child (6-17 years): 11 €
Student: 14.90 €
Job seeker: 14.90 €.

Free entry for children < 6 years.


Types of customers

  • Compulsory health pass


Types of visits available

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently

Services and facilities


  • Car park
  • Free car park
  • Private parking
  • Restaurant
  • Toilets


  • Guided tours
  • Shop
  • Tourist brochures


  • Activity


Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Visit languages

  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Audioguide languages

  • Chinese
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish


  • Visual disability
  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
  • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
  • Site, building partially accessible


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