Visit the Château de Chantilly: tickets, prices, opening hours

Château de Chantilly, coucher de soleil

Would you like to cross the centuries of French history? Visit the Château de Chantilly in the Oise region, an exceptional princely residence.

Located in the heart of the Nonette valley in the Oise department, some 50 kilometers north of Paris, the Château de Chantilly invites you to discover the wealth of France’s monarchic heritage. An invitation through centuries of history, where you’ll discover the prestigious apartments of various noble families and other unique collections.

Ready for a trip back in time? From tour tips to treasures to discover, follow the guide to visit the Château de Chantilly!

Château de Chantilly in brief

Histoire du château de Chantilly

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Built on a rock in 1358 as a bulwark against enemies in the midst of the Hundred Years’ War, Château de Chantilly has reinvented itself over the ages. The illustrious Montmorency family became owners in the 15th century. They enlarged the estate with a Renaissance-style château de plaisance. The royal authorities then decided to confiscate the château, returning it twelve years later to Charlotte de Montmorency, wife of the Prince de Condé. The couple’s son, the « Grand Condé », turned the Domaine de Chantilly into a second royal court and commissioned Le Nôtre, the famous landscape gardener from Versailles, to design the gardens.

The Bourbon-Condé line died out during the French Revolution. Henri d’Orléans, Duc d’Aumale, was named heir to the estate. Under these conditions, he rebuilt the destroyed parts of the château and installed collections of paintings and books. Since the Duke’s death in 1898, the Château de Chantilly has become the « Condé Museum » and is open to visitors.

Our tips for visiting Chantilly Castle

Visiting time

You should allow at least half a day to visit every corner of the Château de Chantilly. To avoid queues, we recommend that you buy your ticket in advance.

Tools to accompany your visit

We advise you to download the program and the visit tools. These take the form of a smartphone application(Les 10 secrets du Domaine de Chantilly), booklets for children, and podcasts.

Order of visit

To begin with, a visit to the Château de Chantilly includes the two most important attractions: the Condé Museum and the apartments furnished by the Duc d’Aumale. The 115-hectare park and Le Nôtre’s formal gardens then invite you to continue your discovery. Finally, end your tour of the estate with a visit to the Grandes Écuries.

What to do when you visit Chantilly castle

Intérieur du château de Chantilly

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The painting gallery (1h visit)

The largest room in the Château de Chantilly showcases a gallery of 85 paintings chosen and arranged by the Duc d’Aumale, a great art lover. Among this remarkable collection of antique paintings, the largest after that of the Louvre, you’ll discover Italian works such as Raphael’s Madonna of Loreto. The room is also decorated with Orientalist paintings echoing the Duke’s past in Algeria.

The grand apartments (45-minute tour)

Explore the 18th-century relics in the apartments that served as reception and living quarters for the Bourbon-Condé line. Here you’ll find paintings, furniture and objets d’art restored after the French Revolution. The grand apartments of the Château de Chantilly include a number of emblematic rooms, such as the Galerie des Batailles, decorated by King Louis XIV’s architect, and the antechamber linking the grand château to the former petit château.

Private apartments (45-minute tour)

The Duc and Duchesse d’Aumale, the last owners of the estate, had their own apartments on the first floor of the small château. Here, you can admire the decor by romantic painter Eugène Lami, with furniture that remains as it was at the time. Stroll through the various rooms, from the military-inspired Duke’s bedroom to the Duchess’s Salon Violet.

Le cabinet des livres (25mn visit)

A visit to the Château de Chantilly is also a visit to art and literature. A bibliophile, the Duc d’Aumale built up a sumptuous library with almost 19,000 volumes on display. You’ll have the opportunity to consult manuscripts dating back to the 11th century and other works that have survived the centuries. The library also hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

Vatel’s old kitchens

Join us for a tasting of Chantilly cream under the stone vaults of the former kitchens of François Vatel, intendant to the Prince de Condé. Initially, Vatel organized sumptuous feasts in honor of royal guests. Since then, the restaurant La Capitainerie has opened its doors, offering lunch formulas and a tea room.

How much does a ticket to the Château de Chantilly cost?

Vue aérienne du château de Chantilly

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A visit to the Château de Chantilly is included in the general tour of the estate. It includes access to the park and Grandes Écuries with an audioguide.

  • Full price: €17
  • Reduced rate (children aged 7 to 17, students, disabled people, jobseekers): €13.50
  • Families of 2 adults and up to 3 children: €48
  • Free admission for children under 7 years of age

Please note: an annual subscription is also available, worth €50 for the full rate and €40 for the reduced rate.

Paris Museum Pass

Would you like to combine a visit to the Château de Chantilly with other must-sees during your stay? Opt for the Paris Museum Pass, an all-inclusive pass that includes the Château de Chantilly.

How do I book a ticket to visit Chantilly Castle online?

Book in advance directly on the Domaine de Chantilly website and choose the formula that suits you best. In particular, you can choose to go through a booking platform specialized in tours and activities.

In all cases, online booking is recommended! And with good reason: it allows you to avoid queues and make the most of your visit.

Opening hours

  • April to October: daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (the estate park closes at 8 p.m.)
  • November to March: daily (except Tuesdays and December 24 and 31), 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (park closes at 6 p.m.)

Are there guided tours of Chantilly castle?

Audioguides, included in the admission ticket, are available to accompany your visit to the château.

Château de Chantilly also offers guided tours of the private apartments of the Duke and Duchess of Aumale, the last remaining monarchical apartments. Please note, however, that a visit to the apartments costs an additional €5 on top of admission to the estate.

How to get to Chantilly castle

There are several ways to visit the Château de Chantilly. Here are the main ones:

  • By RER D, direction Creil. From the center of Paris (Châtelet-Les-Halles), take the RER for about 50 minutes to the « Chantilly-Gouvieux » stop. From the RER station, you can get to Chantilly Castle on the DUC, the free Chantilly city bus, or on line no. 15 towards Senlis, get off at « Chantilly, église Notre-Dame ». If you prefer to walk, it’s a 30-minute walk to the Domaine.
  • By train, with the TER Pack. This includes a return ticket and entry to the Domaine de Chantilly for €25 per adult and €1 per child under twelve. The offer is valid for all stations in the Hauts-de-France region and for Gare du Nord in Paris.
  • By car, from Paris. Reach the Château de Chantilly via the A1 or A3 freeways. The exit is called « Chantilly ».

Where can I park near Chantilly castle?

Vue aérienne du château de Chantilly

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Parking is available close to the château. Charge €5 per day for a parking space (car, minibus, camper van, coach).

Coaches can also park temporarily at the drop-off points in front of the Domaine gates.

Where to stay near Chantilly castle?

Auberge du jeu de paume, chantilly

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Would you like to stay one or more nights to explore every corner of this jewel of the monarchy? Here are some ideas for accommodations to visit the Château de Chantilly for the duration of your stay.

Hotels on the estate

For a luxurious overnight stay, theAuberge du Jeu de Paume, Relais & Château offers a unique experience in the Domaine de Chantilly. Spa and Michelin-starred restaurant are on the program. The price is €300 per night.

Chantilly

Outside the Domaine, and within a 4km radius of the Château de Chantilly, you will find several hotels with rates ranging from €90 to €170 per night:

And don’t forget to consider home-stay accommodation, such as apartments or rooms in Chantilly.

Now you know everything you need to know about visiting the Château de Chantilly. Now all you have to do is walk through the gates of this national jewel!