Visit Maintenon Castle

Come and discover Maintenon Castle and its gardens, located 18km from Chartres in the heart of the Vallée Royale.

Over the centuries, the Vallée de l’Eure and Vallée de l’Avre have welcomed some of the biggest names in our history: Diane de Poitiers in Anet, Madame de Pompadour in Crécy-Couvé and Françoise d’Aubigné alias Madame de Maintenon here.


Castle and park in the heart of the city

Maintenon Castle is located in the heart of city. From the square, you will find the majestic building behind the great gates. Open from 10 February to 18 November, the castle can be visited at different times:

  • In February and November: from Tuesday to Friday from 2pm to 6pm and Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays from 10:30am to 6pm.
  • In March, September and October: from Tuesday to Friday from 2pm to 6:30pm and Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays from 10:30am to 6:30pm.
  • In April, May and June: from Tuesday to Sunday (bank holidays and Mondays, including 30 April and 7 May) from 10:30am to 6:30pm.
  • In July and August: every day from 10:30am to 6:30pm.

Note: The last admission is one hour before the castle closes. Four-legged friends are not allowed in the castle or in the park. Is there disabled access? The tour takes place on the 1st floor so access will be very restricted. Please do not hesitate to contact the castle before your visit: (+33) 02 37 23 00 09.


What is the best way to see the castle?

Maintenon Castle offers guided tours:

  • on weekends at 3pm all year round,
  • every day during the Easter holidays (including all areas) and in July and August.

You can also discover the building at your own pace with a self-guided tour. When you first arrive, please don’t hesitate to ask for the plan of Maintenon Castle, where you will find a lot of information about the premises.

An audio-guide is also available on arrival: anecdotes and old images will help you discover the castle. You can take the time to wander around, learning and deepening your knowledge on the topics that you feel passionate about. If you are visiting the castle with your family, a free fun booklet means children can step into the role of a reporter.

So? What are you waiting for?! Whatever you are interested in, or whatever your scene, there is something for everyone at the castle, and while you are there, why not walk through the French gardens in the spirit in which Le Nôtre designed them?