The "first of the Loire Valley châteaux" for visitors coming from Paris dominates the Loir river from the rocky promontory where the city was built. It allows visitors to admire varied architectural elements from the feudal keep to the great Renaissance staircase and to perceive the transition between gothic and Renaissance styles.
The foundation of a motte-and-bailey castle is attributed to Thibault le Tricheur (Theobald the Trickster), count of Blois who was then the overlord of Châteaudun. The castle evolved with the use of stone instead of wood and with the building of the great circular keep at the end of the 12th century by his descendant, Thibault the 5th. The site is vastly modified with the arrival of a new lord in the middle of the 15th century : Jean de Dunois, this illegimate son of the Orléans family, grandson, nephew and cousin of three kings of France became a famous war captain and one of Joan of Arc's brothers in arms. He destroyed the old castle to build a Sainte Chapelle and the wing that now bears his name. His descendants, the dukes of Longueville, added a second wing, achieved at the beginning of the 16th century, which shows a magnificent spiral staircase precursory to the great French Renaissance staircases.
The massive circular keep from the end of the 12th century, more than thirty metres high, is the only remains of the original castle. This is one of the most well-preserved keeps in the world with its beautiful medieval framework (the keep is only accessible during guided-tours).
The Sainte Chapelle where a part of the True Cross was previously kept and where you can see several beautifully carved statues from the 15th century and a wall painting depicting the Last Judgement.
The Dunois wing from the 15th century with a beautiful gothic staircase, large rib-vaulted kitchen, old bath apartments later turned into jails and a courtroom from the 17th century.
The Longueville wing from the 16th century with its great Renaissance staircase with loggias, where you can see beautiful tapestries.
The medieval-inspired garden and its thematic squares at the foot of the keep.
The hanging garden which was the first of this type in France, unique in Région Centre-Val de Loire.
Château de Châteaudun
Place Jehan de Dunois
02 37 94 02 90 02 37 94 02 94
Open all year round except 1st of January, 1st of May and 25th of December
From 05/09 to 30/04 : 10:00 to 12:30 - 14:00 to 17:30
From 02/05 to 30/06 : 10:00 to 13:00 - 14:00 to 18:00
From 01/07 to 04/09 : 10:00 to 13:00 - 14:00 to 18:15
Last entrance 1 hour before closing time (but the shop is still accessible until closing time).
||4.50 € (full rate)
|Adult with "Pass' Découverte en Pays Dunois"
Adult under 26 non EU national
Group rate (starting from 20 persons)
|Child and adult under 26 EU national
Unemployed with less than 3 months certificate
Teacher from the French ministry of education
Free entrance the first Sunday of the lmonth from November to May.
Self-guided tour of the château (keep only visible from the outside) - Time : around 1 hour
Guided tour of the keep (to visit the keep, the upper chapel and the rampart walk) - Time : 1h15, in French
Departure of the guided-tour indicated below :
(three persons minimum to launche the guided-tour)
At 11:00, 15:00 and 16:30 from the beginning of July to the beginning of September
At 11:00 and 15:00 from the 5th of September to the 30th of April
At 11:00 and 15:30 from the 2nd of May to the 1st of July
Guided tours for groups (either guided-tour of the chateau wings or guided-tour of the keep) - Time : 1h15
Information and booking with Service Loisirs Accueil Eure & Loir
02 37 84 01 00