Sedan, Champagne-Ardenne: tourism & sightseeing

Photo of Sedan in Ardennes

Visit Sedan (Champagne-Ardenne, France)

The town of Sedan is in the east of the Ardennes department (Champagne-Ardenne region) of France, on the edge of the great forests of the Ardennes and near the country's eastern border.

Sedan is officially listed as a 'town of art and history', and the centre of the town is now a protected zone, to ensure development is controlled and the important patrimony is preserved for the future.

Sedan castle

The medieval Sedan castle dominates the town and is also the most important historical monument here. Built in the 15th century, with the defenses added in the 16th cenbtury, the castle covers more than three hectars (seven acres) - it is said to be one of the the most extended castles in the world.

The main living quarters in the castle date from the 16th century, but were abandoned for new accommodation in the nearby 'Chateau Bas' (palais des Princes) in the 17th century. Now nicely restored and maintained, Sedan castle is open to the public.

Other highlights

There is more to Sedan than just a castle however, so be sure to allow some time to explore the rest of the historical centre. Note particularly the many fine town houses in and around the Place du Chateau and rue de l'horloge and surrounding streets, typically early 17th century. Moving forward, the 18th century architecture of Sedan is best appreciated in the Rue du Menil.

There are many individual highlights in Sedan, including several churches and other buildings relating to its military and industrial history so we highly recommend your first stop is the Sedan tourist office for a map and suggested route to follow when exploring the town.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Champagne-Ardenne guide.

See also:

Map of Sedan and places to visit

Visit near Sedan with France This Way reviews

Tourist classifications

Sedan has received the following tourist classifications: listed town of Art and History ; historical protected town centre' (secteur sauvegardé)

Address: Sedan, Ardennes, Champagne-Ardenne, 08200, France || GPS: latitude 49.7025, longitude 4.94111

Plan your visit to Sedan, Champagne-Ardenne

Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Charleville-Mezieres: secteur sauvegarde (18km)
  • Lac de Bairon: site of natural beauty (23km)
  • Launois-sur-Vence: village d'etape (30km)

Market days in Sedan, France

Regular market(s) are held in Sedan each Wednesday & Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at Sedan (Francais)