Grand Siècle Day

Sunday, June 3, 2018 will see our 14th annual Grand Siècle Day at the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte.

A day spent costumed in the fashions of the 17th century, a celebration where Baroque dancing  blends with musketeers displaying their skill and carriage rides in the park, in a unique experience of the fine art of living in the France of Louis XIV and Nicolas Fouquet!



A Costume Day to celebrate the Grand Siècle

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte—a family home but also famous for festivities in Nicolas Fouquet’s time—invites you to go back in time for a whole day of life as it was under the Sun King!

Each year, thousands of costumed visitors and curious spectators crowd the gates of the château, the former dressed in their best finery—often elaborated by their own hands over the preceding year—to spend a day at court in 17th century France.

The Most Beautiful “Déjeuner sur l’Herbe” Prize will provide the crowning touch to the day, rewarding the most sumptuously, extravagantly, poetically, splendidly concocted compositions in the gardens à la française created by Le Nôtre.



  • A contest of tableaux vivants!

Giant picture frames will be set up in various spots scattered over the garden and the château; groups of costumed visitors will be able to gather with their friends to create compositions inspired by the theme given on the back of each frame:  Romanticism, Life at Court, Banquets, Music, Painting… Each tableau vivant will be immortalized by our official photographer, and a contest organized on our official Facebook page (@ChateauVLV) to award the best composition in each category!


In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the estate to the public (March 30th 1968), the château has decided to democratize the election for the best costumes! Each visitor will be given a ticket for each category, to be cast for the person whose costume they found most impressive. Best costume prizes will be awarded in 4 categories: Man/Woman/ Child/ Fantasy.

The traditional Parade of Elegance, commented by Calixte de Nigremont will take place at 4:30 p.m. along the main walkway in the jardin à la française, and will bring together all of those in costume who gathered more than 15 tickets!

Events for all

Spectacles and demonstrations of skill by musketeers will punctuate this exceptional day, while displays of Baroque dancing will lend gaiety to the proceedings.  The adventure will continue with carriage rides in the garden (additional charge) and the possibility for visitors to be made up in 17th century fashion by make-up artists (no additional charge).


A special moment of sharing and good humor spent with family or friends, in the idyllic setting of the Palace that inspired the Château de Versailles !



Useful information

Sunday 3, June, 2018 from 10 PM to 5 PM

The following prices include the visit of the château, the gardens and the Carriage Museum (from 10 AM to 5 PM). Garden tickets available directly at the ticket office.

  • Full ticket: 17.50€
  • Costumed-person ticket: 11.50€
  • Reduced ticket: 15.50 €
  • Free under 6

Costume wearing is not mandatory.


  • Special price for costumed visitors : 11,50€

NEW / IMPORTANT : this year, costumed visitors will have priority access tickets ! For costumed priority access, please buy your ticket online on the château’s website and bring it printed on paper (mobile or tablets non admitted)

(Caution : to enter the estate as a costumed visitor you will have to be costumed, be able to show your costume or present your booking confirmation of a costume to the entrance agent.)



Costume rental available for the day with our partner “Autour d’un soir” (booking in advance and retrieval of the costume on the spot).

Warning : the château’s normal costume rental, the club-car rental and the dome access aren’t available during the entire day.

The Grand Siècle Day being a special event, the 10% off can’t be applied on the entrance ticket by online booking. Guided tours are cancelled, but you can rent an audioguide for your visit for 3€ per person.

It is possible to have lunch inside the estate at the restaurant le Relais de l’Ecureuil or getting your own picnic. All day long, it will not be allowed to go out and in to get lunch or to pick up your picnic outside. Please, make sure you have you picnic with you before entering the estate.


Are available at the disposal of costumed visitors:

  • A locker / deposit
  • A picnic deposit
  • A locker room to change.

Horses are exceptionally allowed inside the estate on demand at the address


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