A thousand years old castle...

Welcome to the official Internet site of the castle of Villebois- Lavalette

in the department of the Charente 

 

Version française/french version

 

A thousand year old castle, set at the top of a village listed as  « Petite Cité de Caractère »,

birthplace and capital of the famous local delicacy « the cornuelle »

 

This thousand year old castle which has known many lives, commands a superb panorama

of rolling hills which can be admired from the promenade at the top of Puy Sanseau.

 

 

Careful! Most of the guided tour takes place outdoors. When it is hot don't forget to take your hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water... And when it is rainy, don't forget your umbrella!

Information  : 05 45 62 28 44


Opening hours February/March

The castle will be open for the visit during the holidays (French Zone A) : guided tours and self-guided tours from 2.30PM to 5.30PM. Apart from the holidays the castle will be open from Thursday to Sunday (2.30PM - 5.30PM) Other opening hours available with a reservation. 

 

Book your espace game, Monday to Saturday... Schedules are to be discussed with you.


Opening hours for 2020 :


Guided tour are open to reservation throughout the year according to the opening hours.

Please keep in mind that the guided tour will be in french. A booklet in english is available for the guided tour. 

 

Self-guided visit with historical booklet and map (french and english) without reservation.

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October to May : Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 2.30PM to 5.30PM. Monday and morning for reservations only.

 

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June and September : Tuesday to Sunday from 2.30PM to 6.30PM. Monday and morning fro reservation only.

Guided tour at 2.30PM, 4PM and 5.30PM.

Self-guided visit with historical booklet and map (french and english) without reservation.

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July and August : Monday to Saturday - 11AM to 12.30AM and 2.30PM to 6.30PM. 

Guided tour at 11.15AM, 2.30PM, 4PM, 5.30PM. 

Self-guided visit with historical booklet and map (french and english) without reservation.

Sunday : Guided tour at 2.30PM, 4PM, 5.30PM. 

Self-guided visit with historical booklet and map (french and english) without reservation will start at 2.30PM. 

Other times and dates are open for reservation, contact us...

 

PRICES

Guided tour for the village and the castle : Adults 7€ - Groups over 12 persons 6€ - discount price* 5.50€ - Free under 12 years old.

Guided tour for the castle : Adults 5.50€ - Groups over 12 persons 4.50€ - discount price* 4€ - Free under 12 years old.

Guided tour for the village only : Adults 3.50€ - Groups over 12 persons 2.50€ - discount price 2€ - Free under 12 years old. 

Self-guided visit for the castle only : Adults 3€ - Groups over 12 persons 2€ - discount price 2€ - Free under 12 years old. 

Discount for underage people (under 18), students, disabled people, unemployed people. 


Other activities in the castle (only in french at the moment)

We have now several activities to discover the castle in a new way - mainly escape games and mysterious investigation. In partnership with Les Echappées Vertes, we have three differents games to offer : 

 

The magic of the Puy Sanseau : invited in a magic school, fight against the force of evil and let yourselves be bewitched by the castle... for the magic and non-magic world need you !

 

Come challenge the castle : The history of the castle is long so long... Between these walls walk the ghosts of the past, trapped in the castle... Will you come challenge them ?

 

The mistery of the Cornuelles : investigate, rummage, find the culprit of the disappearance of the baker man Honoré Cornélius the only one who possess an exceptional recipe... 

 

More informations (prices, reservation) in the Tab "Escape Game" !



Born in 2016 by OTPHT de Villebois-Lavalette, this website informs you about visits and activities organized by the association

"Friends of the Castle and Heritage of Villebois-Lavalette and its partners (Coordination by the association)

Photo credit (background image): Don McCrae for Studio Lavalette

Other photos the friends of the castle and the heritage of Villebois Lavalette. (C.G.M)