The visit of the medieval fortress of the Dukes

To return 13th century to the medieval fortress of the Dukes of Bourbon l'Archambault, it's easy! Just open out the door of the three towers of the castle of Bourbon, accompanied by a facilitator in period costume, find the customs of our lords of Bourbon and their court. The visit picturesque lasts an hour and a half, and lets you enter multiple rooms of the three towers, to learn all of Arms, calligraphy, herbalism, alchemy, body treatments and life in the lady's room, not forgetting the beautiful panoramic view of the grove and City water that we discover of battlements of the fortress.

Location: Three towers of north of the fortress

Access to parking by the city center, direction D1 "Franchesse - Nevers," then follow the signs that you leave the city to return to the fortress by a small paved road.

Description of the visit:

     Individual visits: a character from the 13th century to invites you back to the Middle Ages, to live with him the arts of chivalry, courtly arts and the arts of science through the various rooms furnished in the three rounds, to discover from the battlements site the fortress, to introduce you to the medieval arts such as calligraphy, astronomy, alchemy. Duration: one hour and over, according to volubility of the guide!


Professional Development Day (more than twenty people, school or adult): further guided tour, sharing the public all day medieval life in the fortress. 10 hours to 16 hours. Booking essential at least 15 days before the date.

Visiting hours: daily, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., March to October inclusive.
July and  August, from 10:00 to 7:00 p.m. (beginning last tour at 6:00 p.m.).
Sundays and holidays: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (beginning last tour at 5:00 p.m.).

Association for the Development of the site of the Château des Ducs -
The Sainte-Chapelle
03160 Bourbon l'Archambault
Phone/Fax: 00 33 4 70 67 02 30

Email: mjc.chateau.bourbon @

2012 rates:
Individual visits: 7,30 euros.
Open house: 5,80 euros.

Reduced price to 6 euros for groups over 20 people. Thermhôtel.


Tariff of children (6-14 years): 3,70 euros. Open house: 2,70 euros.

Group tours (20 people):
Guided tour: 6,30 euros. School: 2,70 euros.
Guided tour: 9 euros. School: 6,50 euros.

Professional Development Day:
(no meals): 12,50 euros (schools).

A little video to fly over the medieval fortress of the Dukes of Bourbon:



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