Tiffauges Castle : presentation and practical information

Discover Tiffauges Castle

The largest medieval site in the West of France.


The Department of Vendée invites you to discover Tiffauges Castle, an exceptional site clinging to a rocky outcrop, at the mouth of the River Nantes Sevre. Located on the borders of the former provinces of Anjou, Brittany and Poitou, Tiffauges Castle captivates with its imposing ruins. This former home of Gilles de Rais, Marshal of France and companion in arms to Joan of Arc, is full of secrets and has inspired the legend of a certain Bluebeard...

Come and experience a day of shows and entertainment for the whole family and discover a large park with 16 operational medieval war machines. From the Roman catapult to the throwing machines from the Middle Ages discover the largest collection of working medieval war machines in Europe and try your hand at working the crane or the bricole throwing machine…

An immersion for the whole family including :

  • Knights jousting,
  • Weaponry skills displays,
  • The medieval training camp,
  • 16 siege engins in action, including the largest trebuchet in France,
  • 2D and 3D immersive films, between history and legend (english subtitles).

Daily entertainment and shows

In times of siege

Let yourself be surprised by the power of the shots of real war machines in action during a show combining fight and equestrian stunt.

April 1st to September 15th

The lost treasure of the castle

Experience the history of the fortress at Tiffauges on a fascinating treasure quest !

July 6th to August 25th

The buried secrets of the castle

Attend the improbable meeting of the characters who have marked the history of the castle.

July 6th to August 25th

Our visit aids

  • Guided tour in English or German
    • Guide book with summary of the activities in english
  • Our facilities
    • Toilets on site
    • Free coach parking near the site
    • Shop with a wide choice of books, games, products and regional crafts
  • Refreshments
  • On the site :
    • Picnic areas near the castle authorized during the opening hours of the castle
    • In summer (from 6th july to 25th august), "La Ripaille" is open from 12:30 to 6:15 p.m. for burgers, snacks and drinks
  • In Tiffauges :

Opening Times

              During the week

Weekends and bank holidays

From 01/04 to 31/05

Except from 01/05 - 05/05

from 08/05 to 12/05 and from 18/05 to 20/05

10h – 12h30 and 14h – 18h

10h – 19h

10h – 19h

14h – 19h

10h – 19h

10h – 19h

From 01/06 to 30/06

10h – 18h

14h – 19h

From 01/07 to 31/08

10h – 19h

10h – 19h

From 01/09 to 15/09

10h – 12h30 and 14h – 18h

14h – 19h


Individual entries

ADULTS (+ 26 years old)

  • 8 € (low season)
  • 9 € (high season)

YOUNGSTERS from 12 to 25 years old and others reduced-rates (under conditions)

  • 6 € (low season)
  • 7 € (high season)

FREE entrance for children under 12 years old

FAMILY pass (2 adults and 2 child + 12 years old)

  • 24 € (low season)
  • 28 € (high season)

Payment : Cash, CB

  • For health and safety reasons, pets are not allowed in the Château de Tiffauges. Thank you for your understanding.


Château de Tiffauges - 85130 TIFFAUGES

Phone number :

The Castle is located : 

  • At 20 minutes from Cholet and le Puy du Fou, 
  • At 45 minutes away from la Roche sur Yon and 50 minutes from Nantes, 
  • At 1 hour Angers, les Sables d'Olonne and St Jean de Monts. 

Access to the Castle

Tiffauges - 47°00’56’’N/01°06’54’’0

Coming by car :

  • Autoroute A83 : Nantes / Niort
    • Exit n° 4 Montaigu puis direction Cholet
  • Autoroute A87 : Angers / La Roche-sur Yon
    • Exit n° 29 Les Herbiers then direction La Gaubretière

Map :