Chateau De Pau

Currently Closed
  • Address: 2 Rue du Chateau, 64000 Pau, France
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  • Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +33-559823800
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
  • Tags: Museums, Historical Site, Photo Gallery, Exhibition , Heritage Building

Built during the middle ages, on the banks of river Gave, Chateau de pau is a magnificent castle of great historic importance. Once the birthplace of King Henry IV, then later becoming a holiday home for Napoleon, the Chateau today is a National Museum located at the heart of the city.

Its lush green gardens are home to some remarkable species of trees such Sequoia, Hetre, Orme, Chene and many more while its elaborately decorated interiors are a sight to sore eyes. The ‘Hall of Hundred’ which can house a hundred guests at a time, The Empress’ Apartment, The large Reception hall, all of it adorns the Castle which can be rightly termed as The ‘Crown jewel of Pau’.

One of the most visited sites in Pyrenees-Atlantiques and a home to a beautiful collection of antiques which includes:

  • Ceramics and Other Art objects.
  • Collection of Old Prints and Photographs.
  • Collections of Old Drawings.
  • Antique and Royal Furniture Collections.
  • Sculpture Collections.
  • Collections of Old Coins and Medals.
  • Tapestry Collections.
  • Collections of Paintings.

  • Access to People with reduced mobility is restricted to rooms on the ground floor, while for the visually impaired guide dogs are allowed in the museum.
  • Access to Museum rooms is subject to baggage control. Luggage such as soft bags, small suitcases, strollers (folding umbrellas) backpacks should be left in the cloakroom whereas the big bags and suitcases are not allowed in the site.
  • Cameras without Flash, Video recording and Cell phones are permitted.
  • Smoking, drinking and eating are not allowed in the Museum Rooms.
  • Pets, except Guide Dogs are not allowed on the site.

The Book store and Boutique here houses a lot of historic books and other interesting stationeries at affordable prices. You can access store without the ticket to the museum. The timings are as follows:

  • From September 16th to June 19th: 09:30 am to 11:45 am and 02:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
  • From June 15th to June 30th and September 1st to September 15th: 09:30 am to 12:30 pm and 01:30 pm to 5:45 pm.

  • Reduced rate: 5.50 €
  • Group rate: € 6 (from 10 non-exempt persons from the entrance fee)
  • Free: children under 18 years.
  • Access to temporary exhibitions organized by museum is free on first Sundays of every month.
  • Special Tariff Pass Pau is available for just EUR 10 which includes visiting the castle of Pau, the museum of Fine Arts or the museum and Bernadotte Audio-guided tour of the city and also gives various discounts.
  • Access to The National Domain and The House Baylucq are FREE.

Castle Museum Timings:

  • From June 15th to September 15th: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 01:30 pm to 06:45 pm.
  • From September 16th to June 14th: 9:30 am to 11:45 am and 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm.

Castle grounds are open during the closure period of Museum.

  • From June 15th to September 14th: 08:30 am to 7:30 pm (early closing at 7:15 pm)
  • From September 15th to June 14th: 08:30 am to 6:30 pm (early closing at 6:15 pm)

By Road

  • From Bordeaux: N134, Centre Ville then Gare / Chateau
  • From Bayonne Tarebes and Lourdes: N117, Centre Ville then Gare / Chateau.

By Bus

  • Lines P8, P5, P11, T2, free shuttle coexists.

  • Aux Portes du Chateau
  • La Table d’Hote

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  • Chateau De Pau Address: 2 Rue du Chateau, 64000 Pau, France
  • Chateau De Pau Contact Number: +33-559823800
  • Chateau De Pau Timing: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm
  • Chateau De Pau Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Chateau De Pau(preferred time): 09:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Chateau De Pau: 01:30 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Pau include Chateau De Pau in their plan

  • 47.25% of people start their Chateau De Pau visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Chateau De Pau

Monday, Thursday and Sunday

87.8% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Chateau De Pau

People normally club together The Gassion Hotel and Musee Bernadotte while planning their visit to Chateau De Pau.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
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  • The beautiful chateau grounds should not be missed if you are visiting Pau. I took the tour but I missed out on a lot of information because I did not understand the french speaking tour guide. I followed along with the paper guide I was given but it was basic at best. It would have been nice to have some human interest stories (the tour guide seemed to share many) for non-french speakers to read while on tour. This is a national monument so I thought it would be more inclusive.

  • Four of us visited the chateau at about 4 pm on 17 September. We were told that only guided tours were allowed but the guide would do a commentary in French and English so we bought our tickets for the next visit at 10 to 5. The guide arrived and led us to the second room on the ground floor. There were about 15 people on the tour - us 4 English and the rest French. The guide made no effort to ascertain which country everyone was from and immediately launched into a long speech in French about the chateau in French which lasted about 15 minutes. At the end of the speech he started to lead everyone to the next room. When we asked about the English translation he said his English was not good enough but as we had English guide sheets to the chateau we could follow those. Throughout the one hour tour he did not bother to tell his which room we were in or to point out interesting features in each room. A thoroughly disappointing visit.

  • Nice castle with nice views from the top part of Pau. I recorded a video there on soprano saxophone-

  • An interesting tour. 26 year old and younger get the tour for free. Beautiful castle. There is an additional viewing of castle without tour, however did not attend. This occurs at different times.

  • Fabulously decorated and furnished Chateau. If you love tapestries then this is a must go to

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