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 - 06 87 70 05 78 - infochateaupatrimoinevillebois@orange.fr

NEW ! A Virtual Tour is available on the website !

The castle is open for visits : Sanitary Passes are mandatory (either a full vaccination, a negative PCR  test or Recovery Certificate). You won't have any access to the castle without your Sanitary Pass, in regards to French Governement's orders for cultural places, restaurants and public space. Thank you for your understanding. 

Opening hours for 2021 :

27/11/2021 : The castle is open for guided tour only.                       The castle will be closed on the 28th of November.                         3/12, 4/12, 5/12 The castle will open in benefit of the Thelethon, from 2.30PM to 6PM.                                                                     Until June 2022, the castle is closed every Monday.

Opening hours for November and December : 

 Closed on Monday 

Tuesday only self-guided tour

Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Saturday

Castle open from 2.30PM to 6.PM

Guided tour (access to all the castle) : 2.30PM - 4PM

Self-guided tour with historical booklet and map from 2.30PM to 6PM (access to the lower part of the castle)

 Open for reservation (french only for now) : guided tour of the village followed by the castle, starting point at the Market Place at 10.30AM then the Castle at 11.15AM. 

Other opening hours up for reservation.


"Leprechaun race", Night&Stories and Unusual Visit


Pour prolonger la magie de Noël, les 27 et 28 Décembre après-midi, nous proposons une "after" dans un cadre historique et magique !

To stay in the mood for Christmas time, we have several activities programmed on the 27th of December and the 28th !

Les 27 et 28 Décembre de 14h00 à 16h30 

(dernier départ ; départ chaque 1/2 heure) : 

27th & 28th from 2PM to 4.30PM (last start at 4.30PM, start every half an hour)

"Leprechaun race"

                 Santa passed by Villebois and its castle... This year however he had more gifts to give (to compensate the complicated and gloomy years we have live through this two past years) and so he had requested the help of his Leprechauns. Some facetious leprechauns wanted to play hide-and-seek... And Santa had left, forgetting them in the castle ! You have to find them. To do so, you need to gather the clues scattered in the castle and decipher the message they have left - indicating where they might be. You have one hour !"

3€/adult & 2€/ under 18.

 27th of December (Monday) 5.30PM : "Night&Stories" (in french) ; Karine N'dagmissou will put stars in your eyes with her Christmas fairytales - 6 € /adult ; 5 €/under 18 ;

20 € / family pass (2 adults + 2 children)

   27th of December (Monday) 6.30PM : "Unusual visit" (in french) : 3 guides in historical costume will breathe life to historical characters who lived in the castle and will travel with you through the history of the place, lit by candelights and stars.

    9 € /adult ; 7 €/under 18 ; 23 € / family pass (2 adults + 2 children) 

Reservation only : 

06 87 70 05 78 / 05 45 62 28 44




Masks and Sanitary Pass are mandatory.





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)