Visit Guedelon (Burgundy, France)
Guedelon is a fascinating project in the Yonne department of Burgundy, north of Nevers.
The vision of one man, Michel Guyot, the idea of the project is to build a complete '13th century castle' in this corner of France using only authentic tools and locally sourced materials.
Every detail of the project is as accurate as possible, even down to the clothes worn by the workers, and the plan for the building was created by the architect for the National Monuments of France (Jacques Moulin).
If ropes are needed - they are made on site; when stone is needed it needs to be quarried out of the ground on site...and the techniques used to build the castle are exactly as they would have been 700 years ago.
The project is planned to take more than two decades to complete, currently employs 50 people, and has also become an important tourist attraction. It also attracts many thousands of school children each year, fascinated to watch the ever changing stages of the project.
The nature of the project means that visitors can never be sure what they will see - it depends what work is being done at the time of a visit. But one thing is sure, the visit will be fascinating, seeing authentic work methods and materials being used, and not a cement mixer in site!
Note: perhaps the most remarkable achievement is that of creating 50 full-time jobs and an important tourist attraction in the middle of the forest! Perhaps soon we will see new castles being built all over France!
The castle is located between Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye and Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye, south east of Auxerre.
The Chateau de Guedelon project is open April to October, admission charge 9 euros (children 7 euros).
Nearby: a visit to the 15th century castle at Saint-Fargeau is an interesting complement to a visit to Guedelon, with the chance to see a 'complete' castle of the period, lovingly furnished and with some fascinating carpentry work. Chateau de Saint-Fargeau is owned by (and has been renovated by) Michel Guyot, creator of the Guedelon project.
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Guédelon, Yonne, Burgundy || GPS: latitude 47.581, longitude 3.1559
Map of Guedelon & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Guedelon, France
- Eglise de Notre-Dame-du-Pré (Donzy) - religious monument (24km)
- Clamecy - secteur sauvegarde (31km)
- Briare - ville fleurie 4* (33km)
- Sancerre - recommended detour (36km)
- Potager du jardin du château de La Bussière - remarkable garden (37km)
- Auxerre - secteur sauvegarde (39km)
- Arboretum national des Barres - remarkable garden (41km)
- Jardins du manoir du Grand Courtoiseau - remarkable garden (42km)
- Eglise de Saint Martial (Seignelay) - religious monument (49km)
The French version of this page is at Guedelon (Francais)