Self-guided tour

The classic tour! Discover the monuments at your own pace.

  • Season 2024 :
    11,5€ / person
    Free for under-18s and 18-25s (EU nationals and legal residents) excluding groups

  • tour documents available in French, English, Spanish, German and Italian

  • Every day

  • E-ticketing pro


A symbol of the modern state.

The building asserts royal power: it protects the capital but also guarantees the kings against its uprisings. It was the heart of the French monarchy until 1682, when Louis XIV preferred Versailles. The keep was used as a prison from the 16th century until the 19th century: Fouquet, the Marquis de Sade and Mirabeau were all held there. Transformed into barracks and an arsenal by Napoleon I, the fortress protected Paris during the invasions of the 19th century.

Payment methods

  • Payment at the monument cash desk by credit card, cheque or cash
  • Payment in advance by credit card, cheque or bank transfer using the  advance ticket service

Practical information

Individual visit:

  • Come to the monument during opening hours

Group visits:

  • Booking is compulsory. Please contact the monument's reservations department
  • Your group may be accompanied by its own guide. To do so, the guide must have a valid professional guide's card and be wearing the badge authorising him or her to lead the tour.


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    Château de Vincennes Fact Sheet 2024 - gbr

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