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Chantier Medieval de Guedelon

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Address: 955 Chantier de Guedelon, 89520 Treigny, France
Phone Number:
+33 3 86 45 66 66
Today
14:00 - 16:30
11:00 - 12:00
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Hours:
Thu - Tue 14:00 - 16:30
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 12:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Deep in the forests of northern Burgundy, a team of master-builders is...

Deep in the forests of northern Burgundy, a team of master-builders is building a C13th castle from scratch.

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This castle is being built as they use to do it back in the medieval time. So worth visiting and sering all the traditional ways of doing everything back then. This has been... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 February 2017
Nathaly C
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Main Beach, Australia
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Main Beach, Australia
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87 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

This castle is being built as they use to do it back in the medieval time. So worth visiting and sering all the traditional ways of doing everything back then. This has been going for 19 years I think and they have completed 2/3 of it. It will take a few more years. There might be a second stage were... More 

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Cahors, France
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We arrived at opening time and left at closing time. We could have stayed much longer. This is like going back to the Middle Ages - to look at the château you would imagine that it was built in the middle ages. In fact it was started 20 years ago and is still being built, but using entirely medieval methods.... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Interesting way to spend a morning, going back to medieval times. Well organized good support staff. Fascinating watching the building practices of old

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Our guide, Sarah, was terrific and added a lot of interest. There are interesting aspects of the project but overall it seems silly to go all the way and build an entire castle. Doing some of the work would provide the same learning experience on ancient building techniques. Moreover, there are so many true, medieval, historical sites in France, that... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Watch the daily construction of a 14th century castle! Really, masons, carpenters and artisans of other sorts work away as stone after stone from the nearby quarry take position. Adjacent is a village of artisan workshops and gardens where the ropes and timbers, tiles and iron work of the place are fashioned using the tools and methods of the medieval... More 

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UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

An amazing project, made more so by the willing and enthusiastic explanations from the people working on the site, from stonemasons to blacksmith, from roofers to the miller. We spent a good couple of hours wandering around, both outside and up and down the tight spiral staircases inside. PS Negotiating the staircases looked a bit dangerous for babies in backpacks...

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Thank Loiseau
UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This is due to be finished some time in the 2020s. I assume that explaining things to visitors is fun for the visitors but not helpful for the schedule. But its a popular attraction and it's not hard to see why. About the only craft not present on site is barrel making. It's interesting to see that some of the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

This is a brand new, thirteenth century castle. For a detailed description of the castle, reference the Wikipedia site for Guédelon Castle. This project was started in 1997 and is building a 13th century castle using only 13th century technology. The castle itself is probably about 2/3s finished. It is surrounded by shops/work sites creating or fashioning all the items... More 

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Thank Don C
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

This is one of the most amazing life experiences imaginable. I mean, to build a Medieval Castle using Medieval technology and materials, and more, in the 21 century is beyond my bucket list! I went in 2005 and in 2010. I will return in a couple of months. Beautiful!

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Limerick, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Went to visit it on Thursday 15th September, Well what a great place to visit, probably one of the best attractions I have ever visited. I was camped near St Sauveur-en-Puisaye which is about 6 Klm away. Drove down in the morning, free parking and if you buy the tickets before hand, €12 each adult. The whole place is absolutely... More 

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