Château de Fontainebleau: Priority Entrance Ticket

A luxurious retreat for French royalty

Château de Fontainebleau
Open today: 09:30 - 18:00
Last admission: 45 minutes before closing
Duration: 2h
Wheelchair accessible
Provider: Château de Fontainebleau
Registered address: Place General de Gaulle 1, 77300, Fontainebleau, FR
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What's included

Entrance to the Great Apartments circuit
Entrance to the Napoleon I museum
Entrance to temporary exhibitions

What's not included

Audio guide
Live guide
Chinese museum

Important information

* The security check is mandatory for all visitors * Big bags and suitcases aren't allowed inside and there are no lockers available
  • Get priority entrance to Fontainebleau - the only royal and imperial château to have been continuously inhabited for eight centuries
  • Explore chapels, galleries and guest apartments which would have been used by French and visiting royalty, and see Marie Antoinette's bed, Napoleon's throne and more!
  • Wander through over 1500 rooms and 130 acres of parkland and gardens, visit the museums and feel what it must have been like as a king or queen growing up here

You can watch all the period dramas you like, but Keira Knightley and co can't get close to what it must have really been like at Château de Fontainebleau. This sovereign residence for eight centuries was home to all manner of pomp and circumstance. The walls can't talk, but they can show you what it was like during the heydays of French royalty. Get Priority Entrance and avoid the lines (just like the royals would've done).

Embraced by 130 hectares of pretty parks and gardens, Château de Fontainebleau has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981, although the first recorded reference was in a royal charter back in 1137. To visit here is to soak up imperial atmosphere.

You'll be awed by the opulent décor in the sovereign apartments, designed for the Court of Napoleon III. See Marie Antoinette's bed, Napoleon's throne, and François Gérard's 1807 portrait of Empress Josephine in her coronation regalia. Stroll through the galleries in which the court would socialise, gossip and promenade, and visit three decadent chapels and four art museums.

Napoleon himself refurbished the Château after the revolution in 1814 and, in his memoirs, he referred to it as "the true home of Kings." Louis XIII spent a happy childhood here, learning how to hunt, play tennis, and draw. With over 1500 rooms Château de Fontainebleau was - and still is - a magnificent maze of French beauty, history and architecture.

Show your smartphone ticket at the entrance, after the security check.

Getting There

  • From the Gare de Lyon in Paris, take the train (line R) to Montargis-Sens and get off at Fontainebleau-Avon
  • From Fontainebleau, take the bus (line 1) to Les Lilas and get off at the Château
Château de Fontainebleau
Sunday 09:30 - 18:00
Monday 09:30 - 18:00
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 09:30 - 18:00
Thursday 09:30 - 18:00
Friday 09:30 - 18:00
Saturday 09:30 - 18:00
Château de Fontainebleau
Place Charles de Gaulle, 77300, Fontainebleau
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  • Get a full refund if you select a refundable ticket during checkout and cancel until 23:59 the day before you visit.
  • Rescheduling is not possible for this ticket.

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3 reviews
Colleen ,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
31 Mar 2024
Unbelievable experience. The castle was breathtaking with every room just more interesting then the last. I encourage anyone to visit and learn about the history of Napoleon and his family .
Château of Fontainebleau: Priority Entrance
CLIFFORD,  United States United States
29 Apr 2024
Everything went smoothly. The chateau was amazing as were the grounds. Very worthwhile.
Château of Fontainebleau: Priority Entrance
12 May 2024
Château of Fontainebleau: Priority Entrance

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