Spanning nearly 500 hectares (1,235 acres), the Vaux-le-Vicomte estate forms a unique ensemble.  Fruit of Nicolas Fouquet’s bold vision, it is a living testament to France’s ‘Grand Siècle’, the 17th century.

Enjoy Vaux-le-Vicomte throughout the day! You will find gere some examples of a typical day to refer to: 

Day Visit (excluded weekend, bank holiday and school holiday (French Zone C))

Parterre de fleurs juillet

  • 10 am: Arrival on the estate
  • 10:45 am  – 12:15 pm: Visit of the château (freely – without speaker or guide – or with an audio-guide available in 9 languages, 3€)
  • 12:30 pm: Lunch time at the restaurant Le Relais de l’Écureuil (no booking required) or picnic in the garden
  • 2 pm: Visit of the garden (you can rent an electric car  : 20€ / 45 minutes)
  • 4 pm: Visit of the Carriage Museum
  • 5 pm: Enjoy our Gift Shop

 

Day Visit (included weekend, bank holiday and school holiday (French Zone C))

  • 10 am: Arrival on the estate
  • 10:15 am – 12 pm: Visit of the Carriage Museum + Visit of the château (freely – without speaker or guide – or with an audio-guide available in 9 languages, 3€)
  • 12:30 pm: Lunch time at the restaurant Le Relais de l’Écureuil (no booking required) or picnic in the garden
  • 2 pm: Entertainment by Jean de La Fontaine in the garden (activities for families)
  • 5:30 pm: Enjoy our Gift Shop

 

Candlelit evenings

chandelles (C) Erwann Maignan

  • 1 PM: Arrival on the estate
  • 2 PM or 4 PM: Guided visit of the château (only in French) (Duration: 1h30 – booking required)
  • 6 PM: Visit of the garden (the château will be closed between 6:00 and 7:00 pm in preparation for the candlelit evening)
  • 7 PM: Candelelit visit of the estate (château, garden and Carriage Museum) until midnight
  • 7 PM, 7:45 PM, 8:15 PM or 9:15 PM: Diner at the restaurant Les Charmilles (booking required) or the restaurant Le Relais de l’écureuil (no booking required)

 


Guided visit of the château

The visit of the château can be taken around guided tours for adults or children (on reservation). Choose the tour that suits you HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit the château

The visit of the château is organized around four levels, decorated and furnished as if Nicolas Fouquet and his family had recently left the place. It is composed of Nicolas Fouquet’s private apartments on the first floor, followed by the ceremonial salons on the ground floor and the staff rooms and kitchen in the basements. The exhibition “André Le Nôtre at Vaux-le-Vicomte, the seminal work of French Formal Garden” closes the visitor circuit. Option (3€): Visit the framework of the dome, culminating above the château and discover a 360° breath-taking view all around the estate.

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