Vincennes castle

  • Historic site and monument
  • Historic patrimony
  • Religious heritage
  • Castle
  • Fortified castle
  • Keep
  • Tower
  • Chapel

A medieval royal residence at the gates of Paris.

A royal residence from the 12th to the 18th century, the Château de Vincennes has preserved its walls, its medieval towers, its Sainte-Chapelle and its 14th-century keep, the highest in Europe. Charles V, King of France, had the family manor of Vincennes transformed in 1365 to make it more convenient to live in and built the present dungeon to house his collections of art objects and manuscripts. From the beginning of the 15th century until the 19th century, the dungeon became a prison, a symbol of the secrecy of justice, where Fouquet, the Marquis de Sade, Mirabeau and others were detained. The Sainte-Chapelle, begun in 1379, offers visitors a remarkable décor and fulfils the dream of Charles V by adding an exceptional religious building to the fortress. Now visit the châtelet's parapet walk and discover the two offices of the King's secretary. The sacristy, the attic and the treasury room are now open to visitors in the Sainte-Chapelle.

Opening and closing times


From 21/05 to 22/09, daily between 10 AM and 6 PM.

From 23/09 to 20/05, daily between 10 AM and 5 PM.

Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.


From 21/05 to 22/09, daily between 10.30 AM and 5.30 PM - closed from 1pm to 2pm

From 23/09 to 20/05, daily between 10.30 AM and 4.30 PM - closed from 1pm to 2pm

Between the 1st of April and the 20th May, on week ends and bank holidays : from 10.30 AM to 1PM and from 2PM to 5.30 PM

Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.

Last entry on site : 45min before closing times

Free entry every 1st sunday of the month between November and March

The keep and the Holy Chapel are open on 1st and 11th of November.


Group adults: 7 € (From 20 persons)
Set price group children: 30 € (Schools).

Free entry for children < 18 years.
Group rate available for > 20 people.

From 21/05 to 22/09/2022
Full price: 9.50 €.

From 23/09/2022 to 20/05/2023
Full price: 9.50 €.

Free entry for children < 18 years.
Group rate available for > 20 people.

Free for :
-18-25 years old (European Union citizens and regular residents non-euopeans on European Union territory)
- Disabled people and their attendant
For all, every first sunday of the month from 1st of November to 31st of March

Included in the Paris Museum Pass: free access.

Payment methods accepted

  • Bank/credit card
  • Check
  • Travellers Cheque
  • Cash
  • Culture voucher


Types of customers

  • Children
  • Groups
  • Home school groups


  • Minimum number of people : 20


  • Animals accepted
  • Guide and assistance dogs welcome


Types of visits available

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours available permanently
  • Unguided group tours available permanently
  • Guided group tours on request

Average length of visit

  • 90 minutes (individual)
  • 90 minutes (groups)

Services and facilities


  • Car park
  • Meeting room
  • Parking
  • Toilets


  • Educational visits
  • Guided tours
  • Room hire
  • Shop


  • Temporary exhibition


Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Documentation languages

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

Visit languages

  • French

Languages of educational signs

  • English
  • French

Audioguide languages

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Additional information

- Audio-guided visit
Languages ​​offered: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese. Commentary on the whole site with a detailed tour of the dungeon.
Duration: 45 min.
Single price: € 3 in addition to the entrance ticket


  • Hearing disability
  • Visual disability
  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
  • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
  • Relief map, tactile model or audio device description available at the reception


Lines 56, 112, 114, 115, 118, 124, 210, 318, 325

Line 1 - Château de Vincennes

Line A - Vincennes

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Contact information

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Sales department

  • Mr Alex GAILLARD

  • Mr William ROUSSEL Sales department


  • Booking required : Yes

    Booking deadline : 20 days