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Château de Vincennes

A royal residence on the edges of Paris.

The Château of Vincennes was used as royal residence from the 12th to 18th century and it has preserved its medieval towers, the Sainte-Chapelle and the 14th century keep which is the highest of its kind in Europe. In 1365, Charles V, King of France, transformed the family manor house at Vincennes into a more suitable royal dwelling and built the present keep to house his art collection and manuscripts. From the early 15th century to the 1800s, the keep was used as a prison, a symbol of absolute State power, which saw the imprisonment of famous figures such as Fouquet, the Marquis de Sade, and Mirabeau.

The Sainte-Chapelle started in 1379 offers to the public a remarkable decorative ensemble and realised the dreams of King Charles V to add a truly exceptional religious edifice to this impressive fortress.

New: visit the gatehouse parapet and discover the two offices of the King’s secretary. In the Sainte-Chapelle, the sacristy, attics and Treasury are now open to visitors.

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Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet
French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese,
Japanese, Chinese, Russian
Reservations: required at least 2 weeks before
Duration: 1 hr 15 min

Audio-guide tour - Extra charge 3 € per person
French, English, German, Italian, Spanish

Guided tour and themed visit
Reservations: required at least 2 weeks before
Duration: 1 hr 30 min

Lecture tour
French, English
tel.: (33) (0)1 44 54 19 30 - fax: (33) (0)1 44 54 19 31
Duration: 1 hr 30 min

Private visit
With or without catering service,
outside standard opening hours
On request:

Visit to the upper floors of the castle keep
(roof terrace - 247 steps)
Reservation required: 1 month

2018 Cultural Events: conferences, concerts, exhibitions, etc.

Practical information

Opening hours


From September 22nd to May 20th: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Open everyday.

From May 21st to September 21st: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Admission to the upper areas of the keep: guided tour.

Gift and book shop (free admission) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in low season and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in high season.

Closing days

1 January, 1 May, 1 & 11 November and 25 December.

Horaires spécifiques

Du 21 mai au 21 septembre : Accès à la Sainte-Chapelle de 10h30 à 13h et de 14h à 17h30
Du 22 septembre au 20 mai : Accès à la Sainte-Chapelle de 10h30 à 13h et de 14h à 16h30

Dernier accès 45 min avant la fermeture du monument.


Vincennes Château de Vincennes
Avenue de Paris
94300 Vincennes
Ph. : Visites : 33 / (0)1 43 28 15 48 / Boutique : 01 48 08 31 20
GPS coordinatesLatitude : 48.8426Longitude : 2.4355Plan your route

By subway

line 1, station Château de Vincennes


RER A : station Vincennes

From Paris

Porte de Vincennes and avenue de Paris to the castle

By bus

Bus 46, 56, 86


Useful addresses:

Vincennes Tourist Office 
tel.: (33) (0)1 48 08 13 00

Val de Marne Tourist Board 
tel.: (33) (0)1 55 09 16 20

Île-de-France Regional Tourist Board
tel.: (33) (0)1 73 00 77 00

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