Visit Tanlay castle (Burgundy, France)
Tanlay is to the north of the Burgundy region, in the Yonne department between Tonnerre and Chatillon-sur-Seine. The castle was built in the latter half of the 16th century, on the site of an earlier castle that had fallen into ruins.
Exploring Tanlay Castle
The main castle is reached through the 'entrance house' which is itself a very substantial property, known as 'le petit chateau', which gives access to the grounds and a bridge across the moat, with obelisks either side.
Built in the renaissance style with white limestone and with attractive slate roofs, Tanlay castle is a lovely building in a lovely setting that is more typical of the castles you would expect to discover in the Loire Valley.
The main facade of the castle features two ornate towers and has additional wings to either side, and round towers in each corner (hence the castle as a whole is in the form of three sides of a square).
The interior of the chateau is sumptuous and luxurious, with impressive wall paintings - above all the frescoes in the Grand Gallery and in the Tour de la Ligue.
The whole building is surrounded by wide moats, in turn surrounded by extensive parkland that further enhances the setting.
There are exhibitions of contemporary art in the buildings in the grounds of Tanlay Castle each summer that are highly regarded.
The village of Tanlay itself, in front of the castle, is very small but there is a pleasant stretch of canal to walk along and a couple of old buildings of interest.
(Note: most parking is along a long shady avenue of trees - along with warnings that branches might fall on your car during stormy weather. You might like to visit Tanlay on a calm day!
Photos of Tanlay castle
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Address: Château de Tanlay, Yonne, Burgundy || GPS: latitude 47.847, longitude 4.0875
Map of Tanlay castle & places nearby
Highlights close by
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Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Tanlay castle, France
- Noyers-sur-Serein - most beautiful village (18km)
- Jardin du prieuré - remarkable garden (22km)
- Abbaye de Pontigny (Pontigny) - religious monument (29km)
- Abbaye de Fontenay (Montbard) - religious monument (31km)
- Fontenay Abbey - heritage site (32km)
- Abbaye de Fontenay - remarkable garden (32km)
- Neuville-sur-Seine - ville fleurie 4* (32km)
- Jardin du moulin de Athie - remarkable garden (34km)
- Chatillon-sur-Seine - recommended detour (36km)
- Eglise de Saint Martial (Seignelay) - religious monument (37km)
The French version of this page is at Tanlay castle (Francais)