Bournazel

Château et Jardin de Bournazel

Private Renaissance castle listed as a Historic Monument. A major building in southern France with its innovative architecture and remarkable sculpted decor. Its gardens are listed as Remarkable Gardens.

This beautiful Renaissance castle, located between Rodez and Villefranche de Rouergue, built between 1540 and 1560, has been the subject of a major restoration campaign with in particular the restitution of the large monumental staircase whose core is composed of superimposed cabinets and undertaking a decoration identical to the original. On the main facade, windows, pilasters, columns, pediments and friezes balance each other rigorously, while on the other wing, references to Antiquity appear more openly (large arcades and twin columns). Inside, a large collection of paintings, furniture and sculptures from the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries. 

The garden: fruit of a long work in archives and a campaign of archaeological excavations, the restoration of the gardens of Bournazel offers a coherent example of composition carried out between 1542 and 1561. Enclosed garden comprising nine flowerbeds themed on the education of a wealthy prince and the enigma of life, fountains, vases, polyandrion, chamber gardens with hornbeam partitions, orchard, "Hortus Conclusus", labyrinth, arbours and terraces, pond, whose symbolic, literary organization and intellectual reminiscent of the ambitions of the Renaissance. It was recently listed as a Remarkable Garden.

Visit of the interior only by guided tour. Approximate duration: 1 hour.

Free visit of the garden.

Average time spent on site: 2 hours

After-hours private guided tours are available year-round for groups of 20 or more.


Themes:

  • Castle of

Location details

  • Near a GR

Visit

Customers

Suitable for: All audiences, Schools

Language(s) of the visit

French

Opening

Opening hours from March 30 to July 13, 2024
MondayOpen from 14 a.m. to 18 p.m.
WednesdayOpen from 14 a.m. to 18 p.m.
ThursdayOpen from 14 a.m. to 18 p.m.
FridayOpen from 14 a.m. to 18 p.m.
SaturdayOpen from 14 a.m. to 18 p.m.
SundayOpen from 14 a.m. to 18 p.m.
Opening hours from July 14 to August 31, 2024
MondayOpen from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
WednesdayOpen from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
ThursdayOpen from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
FridayOpen from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
SaturdayOpen from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
SundayOpen from 10 p.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18:30 p.m.
Opening hours from September 01 to November 11, 2024
MondayOpen from 14 a.m. to 18 p.m.
WednesdayOpen from 14 a.m. to 18 p.m.
ThursdayOpen from 14 a.m. to 18 p.m.
FridayOpen from 14 a.m. to 18 p.m.
SaturdayOpen from 14 a.m. to 18 p.m.
SundayOpen from 14 a.m. to 18 p.m.

Prices

PricesMin.Max.
Individual adult – Individual
14 €-
Individual child – Under 16 years old
8 €-
Adult group – Group (from 12 people)
12 €-

Payment methods

  • Credit card
  • Cheque
  • Cash

Services

Equipments

  • Parking
  • Coach parking

Services

  • Guided group tours
  • Guided tours

Activities on site

  • Temporary exhibitions

Address

227 route de Rignac
12390 Bournazel
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