Palace of Fontainebleau Palace of Fontainebleau

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Palace of Versailles

Official residence of the kings of France, sublime palace full of history

What to expect

No less than 1500 rooms and bedrooms, 130 hectares of parks and gardens impeccably maintained, eight centuries of continuous occupation by the most prestigious kings and queens of all French history... No doubt, the royal castle of Fontainebleau is the monument of all superlatives!

Located in the Seine-et-Marne region and close to Paris, Fontainebleau is one of the best examples of Renaissance style architecture in the region, and is full of curiosities to discover or rediscover with your family. Appreciated by Napoleon, the castle has notably preserved the throne of the emperor as well as a majestic portrait of the Empress Josephine. In addition to Queen Marie-Antoinette's bed, which predates the French Revolution, you can also see more recent apartments dating back to the Second Empire and Napoleon III.

Opening hours of the Château de Fontainebleau

April to September every day except Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 6 pm
October to March every day except Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 5 pm

  • Last access 45 minutes before closing.
  • Closures: Tuesdays, January 1, May 1, May 8 (morning), July 14 (morning), November 11 (morning) and December 25.

Opening hours of the courtyards and gardens :

November to February every day except Tuesdays from 9am to 5pm
March, April and October every day except Tuesdays from 9am to 6pm
May to September every day except Tuesdays from 9am to 7pm

Attention: Diana's garden and the English garden close 30 minutes and 1 hour respectively before the indicated times. In case of bad weather, the gardens can be closed.

Attention: The garden of Diane and the English garden close respectively 30 minutes and 1 hour before the indicated times. In case of bad weather, the gardens can be closed.

Practical information

Cancellation conditions: tickets are non-refundable and cannot be cancelled.
Free lockers are available for strollers, metal baby carriers, bulky bags and umbrellas.

Free admissions

Free access to the Tour of the Grand Apartments with valid documents

  • Persons under 18 years of age,
  • Persons aged between 18 and under 26 years old, long-term residents in the countries of the European Union, regardless of their nationality,
  • People with disabilities and war disabled (and their companions)
  • Jobseekers, beneficiaries of the RMI, the specific solidarity allowance, the lone parent's allowance and the minimum old-age pension,
  • Pass Education holders,
  • Students from universities and art schools, Ecole du Louvre, Institut National du Patrimoine, Ecole nationale des Chartes,
  • Scientific staff of public museums, Ministry of Culture staff, INHA staff,
  • Teachers of art history, plastic arts, architecture and archaeology
  • Journalists holding the press card,
  • Speakers and interpreter guides,
  • Members of ICOM and ICOMOS,
  • Bus drivers accompanying groups,
  • Accompaniers of school groups (within the limit of one for seven students),
  • Members of the Society of Friends of the Château de Fontainebleau (A. C. F.)
  • Holders of the Balad' Pass 77 issued by Seine-et-Marne Tourisme, accompanied by an adult paying full fare,
  • Staff of tourist offices and tourist information centres, departmental tourism committees, regional tourism committees and Atout France,
  • Managers of tourist groups accompanying them on site and holding a business card (travel agency, tour-operators, coach drivers) at the rate of 1 manager per group of 30 people; accompanying persons from groups in the social field, one accompanying person for every 10 persons, validated by the corresponding social field of the institution's public service.
  • For all: the 1st Sunday of each month except July and August.

###Top tip

Access to the park and gardens is free every day. A few steps away, you will find the Fontainebleau forest classified by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. It is one of the most beautiful forests in France and an ideal place for walking, hiking or cycling.

Customer Reviews

5/51 review

Beverley A.
Excellent site
Published over a year ago
Excellent site - had my tickets on my phone pretty much instantly and was able to walk right in without queueing. The chateau was amazing ; a lot less crowded than Versailles