Between Sologne and Beauce, on the shores of the “royal” river, the castle of Meung-sur-Loire stands tall. Due to the coexistence of its medieval and classical façades, it has been nicknamed “the château with two faces”. A cradle for the Capetians, up until the French Revolution it functioned as the prestigious residence of the bishops of Orléans; in point of fact, it is one of the rare castles constructed by and for bishops.  It was during the 13th century that Bishop Manassès de Seignelay supervised the building of a true palace, a residence deemed worthy of his name and his rank.  Over the ensuing centuries it was enlarged, particularly during the Hundred Years’ War; the bishops not only expanded the castle, but also had it equipped with a new tower.

At the outset of the 18th century, the monument was transformed; that is how the “two-faced” château came into being.   In 1706, Bishop Fleuriau d’Armenonville was granted 20,000 pounds from King Louis XIV for restoration of a castle characterized at the time as worn out and dilapidated.

And now? While on the town side, the building has maintained the rigor of its medieval architecture, the garden side facade been so thoroughly overhauled as to present the appearance of a classical château. The façades are unified, featuring wide windows and predominantly red walls, rendering Meung-sur-Loire one of the few painted castles in France.

Since 2010, the Meung-sur-Loire château has been the property of Elise and Xavier Lelevé. Major restoration work has been initiated, as have studies designed to help readers better understand the history and structure of the castle. A tour route including more than 2000 objects takes the visitor from the granary to the basement, thereby enabling him or her to discover daily life over the centuries in a seigneurial residence.

You will be invited to set foot on an 18th-century bathroom, a smoking area, an herbal store and a magnificent neoclassical chapel; in doing so, you will be following in the footsteps of Louis XI, François I, Joan of Arc … and the poet François Villon, who sojourned in the castle jail.  The tour route is studded with original and surprising attractions: an “odorama” pathway, “quiz boxes” playfully showcasing various objects, an underground video show …

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Visits

  • Average duration of the individual visit : 01h15
  • Average duration of the group visit : 01h30
  • Available languages
    • Panneaux : French
    • Parlées : French, English, German

Activities

  • Specific theme activities
  • Junior workshop
  • Temporary exhibitions

Opening time

From April 23 to May 31, 2019
MondayClosed
Tuesday01 PM - 06 PM
Wenesday01 PM - 06 PM
Thursday01 PM - 06 PM
Friday01 PM - 06 PM
Saturday01 PM - 06 PM
Sunday10 AM - 06 PM
Details on closing times : Monday
From 21 to December 30, 2019
Monday02 PM - 06 PM
TuesdayClosed
WenesdayClosed
Thursday02 PM - 06 PM
Friday02 PM - 06 PM
Saturday02 PM - 06 PM
Sunday02 PM - 06 PM
Details on closing times : Tuesday-Wednesday
From 01 to June 30, 2019
MondayClosed
Tuesday10 AM - 06 PM
Wenesday10 AM - 06 PM
Thursday10 AM - 06 PM
Friday10 AM - 06 PM
Saturday10 AM - 06 PM
Sunday10 AM - 06 PM
Details on closing times : Monday
From July 01 to September 01, 2019
Monday10 AM - 07 PM
Tuesday10 AM - 07 PM
Wenesday10 AM - 07 PM
Thursday10 AM - 07 PM
Friday10 AM - 07 PM
Saturday10 AM - 07 PM
Sunday10 AM - 07 PM
From 02 to September 30, 2019
MondayClosed
Tuesday10 AM - 06 PM
Wenesday10 AM - 06 PM
Thursday10 AM - 06 PM
Friday10 AM - 06 PM
Saturday10 AM - 06 PM
Sunday10 AM - 06 PM
Details on closing times : Monday
From 01 to October 04, 2019
Monday01 PM - 06 PM
Tuesday01 PM - 06 PM
Wenesday01 PM - 06 PM
Thursday01 PM - 06 PM
Friday01 PM - 06 PM
Saturday01 PM - 06 PM
Sunday01 PM - 06 PM
From 05 to October 06, 2019
Monday10 AM - 06 PM
Tuesday10 AM - 06 PM
Wenesday10 AM - 06 PM
Thursday10 AM - 06 PM
Friday10 AM - 06 PM
Saturday10 AM - 06 PM
Sunday10 AM - 06 PM
From 07 to October 31, 2019
Monday01 PM - 06 PM
Tuesday01 PM - 06 PM
Wenesday01 PM - 06 PM
Thursday01 PM - 06 PM
Friday01 PM - 06 PM
Saturday01 PM - 06 PM
Sunday10 AM - 06 PM
From 01 to November 03, 2019
Monday01 PM - 12 AM
Tuesday01 PM - 12 AM
Wenesday01 PM - 12 AM
Thursday01 PM - 12 AM
Friday01 PM - 12 AM
Saturday01 PM - 12 AM
Sunday01 PM - 12 AM
From 01 to December 20, 2019
MondayClosed
TuesdayClosed
WenesdayClosed
ThursdayClosed
FridayClosed
Saturday02 PM - 06 PM
Sunday02 PM - 06 PM
Details on closing times : Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday

Prices

Full adult price : € 9.00

Discount rate : € 7.50

Child rate : € 5.50

Free rate

Group rate : € 8.00

Further information

Labels

  • La Loire à Vélo
    La Loire à Vélo
  • Qualité Tourisme
    Qualité Tourisme

Payment method

  • Carte bleue
  • Mastercard

Access

  • Motorway at 2 km
  • Railway station at 0,5 km
  • Road (national / departmental) at 0,25 km

Services and equipments

  • Shop
  • Picnic area
  • Parking
  • Fully equipped meeting room