With its monumental façades overlooking the lawns of a grand landscaped park, the Château de Brissac deserves the nickname of “Loire valley giant”. Cradle for more than a half-millennium of the Dukes of Brissac family, the monument’s architecture is surprisingly original, bringing together the formal rigor of its 14th-century defense towers and the refinement of its sculpted 17th-century ornamentation.
The château de Brissac has belonged to the same family since 26 May 1502, date on which the seigneurie was acquired by an Anjou nobleman, René de Cossé. More than 500 years later, his descendants continue to inhabit an outstanding residence. While the park offers magnificent vantage points in the shadow of 100-year-old trees, the castle presents a dazzling decor fashioned over the centuries and closely associated with the large-scale history of France.
The two medieval towers are the last remaining vestiges of an ancient château built in the 15th century by Pierre de Brézé, minister of Louis XI. In 1600, the first duke of Brissac entrusted construction of a new palace on the site of the old fortress to his architect, Jacques Corbineau, but the 1621 death of the duke, otherwise known as Charles II de Cossé, resulted in the sudden and definitive cessation of building, which would never be resumed and completed by his successors. That is why the façades observable today are so astonishingly – yet charmingly – heterogeneous.

The château of Brissac allows the visitor to enter into the intimacy of a family history involving illustrious figures. In August 1620, it provided the backdrop of an epochal event, the reconciliation of Louis XIII and his mother, Marie de Medici. Accessible by means of a monumental 32-meter-long grand gallery, the king’s bedroom is remembered as a place where the monarch slept, at the age of 19. A visit on the premises is an invitation to appreciate the valuable furniture, the profusely decorated ceilings and the family paintings accumulated by 17 successive generations. Louis-Hercule, the eighth duke of Brissac, governor of Paris, colonel of the “Cent Suisses” (an elite infantry company), left his mark on history by his 16-year-long relationship with the celebrated Countess du Barry.
All in all, the seven-floor Loire valley giant contains more than 200 meticulously conserved rooms. The visitor’s “showstopper” will be his or her discovery of the superb theater constructed by a music-loving marquess of Brissac, Jeanne Say, in the late 19th century. The visit culminates in the castle cellar, where it is possible to by taste the estate’s wines and discover its historic kitchens.

Photo gallery of Château de Brissac

Visits

  • Guided individual tours
  • Average duration of the individual visit : 1h15
  • Groups welcome from 20 people
  • Guided group tours
  • Guided group tours on request
  • Group educational visits
  • Average duration of the group visit : 1h15
  • Available languages
    • Parlées : French, English
    • Panneaux : French

Activities

  • Specific themed events
  • Conferences

Opening time

From November 01, 2018 to March 31, 2019
Monday02 PM - 04 PM
TuesdayClosed
Wenesday02 PM - 04 PM
Thursday02 PM - 04 PM
Friday02 PM - 04 PM
Saturday02 PM - 04 PM
Sunday02 PM - 04 PM
Details on opening hours : Pendant les vacances scolaires uniquement. Du mercredi au lundi. Fermé le mardi. Visites guidées à 14h et 16h.
From February 09 to March 10, 2019
Monday02 PM - 04 PM
TuesdayClosed
Wenesday02 PM - 04 PM
Thursday02 PM - 04 PM
Friday02 PM - 04 PM
Saturday02 PM - 04 PM
Sunday02 PM - 04 PM
Details on opening hours : Ouvert tous les jours sauf mardi de 14h à 16h
Details on closing times : Fermé le mardi
From April 01 to June 30, 2019
Monday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
TuesdayClosed
Wenesday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Thursday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Friday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Saturday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Sunday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Details on opening hours : Du mercredi au lundi de 10-12h et 14h-17h
Details on closing times : Fermé le mardi
From July 01 to August 31, 2019
Monday10 AM - 05 PM
Tuesday10 AM - 05 PM
Wenesday10 AM - 05 PM
Thursday10 AM - 05 PM
Friday10 AM - 05 PM
Saturday10 AM - 05 PM
Sunday10 AM - 05 PM
Details on opening hours : Tous les jours de 10h à 17h (billetterie)
Details on closing times : Dernier accès au Château à 17h
From 01 to September 30, 2019
Monday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
TuesdayClosed
Wenesday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Thursday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Friday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Saturday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Sunday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Details on opening hours : Du mercredi au lundi : 10h-12h et 14h-17h
Details on closing times : Fermé le mardi
From October 01 to November 03, 2019
Monday10:30 AM - 11:30 AM and 02 PM - 04:30 PM
TuesdayClosed
Wenesday10:30 AM - 11:30 AM and 02 PM - 04:30 PM
Thursday10:30 AM - 11:30 AM and 02 PM - 04:30 PM
Friday10:30 AM - 11:30 AM and 02 PM - 04:30 PM
Saturday10:30 AM - 11:30 AM and 02 PM - 04:30 PM
Sunday10:30 AM - 11:30 AM and 02 PM - 04:30 PM
Details on opening hours : Du mercredi au lundi : 10h30-11h30 et 14h-16h30 (billetterie)
Details on closing times : Derniers accès au Château : 11h30 et 16h30 ; fermé le mardi

Prices

Full adult price : € 10.00

Children's price : € 4.50

Discounted rate : € 8.50

Further information

Labels

  • Accueil Vélo
    Accueil Vélo
  • Welcome ! C'est beau ici !
    Welcome ! C'est beau ici !
  • Vignobles et découvertes
    Vignobles et découvertes

Payment method

  • Credit card
  • Cheques and postal orders
  • Holiday vouchers

Access

  • Road (national / local)
  • Motorway at 15 km
  • SNCF train station at 20 km
  • Airport / aerodrome at 35 km

Services and equipments

  • Shop
  • Games area
  • Wifi access
  • Bar cafeteria tea room