The Palace of Ancy le Franc was supposed to reopen on Saturday 6 of February 2021. While waiting for the governmental authorization to open the interiors of the castle, only the park and gardens are open from Tuesday to Sunday 14:00-16:30.
In compliance with the current government advice and health precautions
Masks are compulsory for all visitors over the age of 6
The social distancing and barrier gestures must be maintained during your entire stay in the castle.
We highly recommend that visitors pre-book their tickets online, but possible to pay with credit card in the castle.
We recommend that visitors download the Audio Tour online here (free)
A new “one-way” tour with very little crossing of other visitors through castle, the big LEGO STAR WARS exhibition and the vast gardens – minimum 1:30 hour
An amazing Renaissance palace on the lands of the Dukes of Burgundy.
One of the largest collection of Renaissance murals in France make Ancy-le-Franc a direct contender of the Fontainebleau chateau.
The chateau is the masterpiece of the famous Italian architect Sebastiano Serlio*, master of symmetry and 16th century architecture, summoned to the French court by François I.
*Disciple of Bramante’s, later author of Seven Books of Architecture (I sette libri dell’architettura), he brought with him the exhilarating brilliance of the Italian Renaissance.
Ancy-le-Franc, raised (1542-1550) for the benefactor, Antoine III of Clermont-Tallard, brother-in-law of Diane de Poitiers, is an outstanding jewel of Renaissance. Set in the centre of a large park in Burgundy (border of the region Champagne), on the banks of the canal, situated near Chablis, Dijon and Beaune, a few hours from Paris (1hr by highspeed train). The immense quadrilateral, 4 equal wings around one of the most original and beautiful sculpted court yards, will make history for centuries, a pure architectural revolution.
The 16th C. architectural and artistic jewel, today classified historic monument, houses a sumptuous interior attributed to the most celebrated Italian, Flemish and Burgundy artists of the 16th and 17th century. You will discover breath-taking murals, long passageways, dating from the early Italianate Fontainebleau school, the royal apartment, chambers, antichambers, chapel, guard’s hall, … A unique journey through five centuries of History!
Since July 1999 a team of experts have dedicated themselves to a detailed survey of the inventory and condition of the building to prepare for an exceptional restoration, that will be worthy of the special character of the Palace of Ancy-le-Franc.
Among the significant series of restoration works undertaken, comprises the courtyard, the Pharsale gallery, the Chamber of Diane, …. included the recent East and West gardens. Last mentioned project, the expanded East parterre is a bold master stroke.
Due to the innovative and spectacular character of this projet; no historic reconstitution, but the meeting of historic research, drawings and outlines à la française combined with contemporary interpretation, inspiration from an early 17th C decor inside the castle (the Flower Room, 1620). Four delicate tableaux de fleurs have taken root in the garden, transposed outside in monumental style, blown a hundredfold on the new parterre. The visitors of Ancy le Franc can since 2018 enjoy the awesome project and the overwhelming view from the 1st floor!
“Château d’Ancy-le-Franc, an architectural pioneer in the sixteenth century, is breaking new ground in garden restoration in the twenty-first.” Topiarius Magazine, Summer 2018
Among the many treasures of Ancy le Franc : lavished decorated apartments, flamboyant 16th C art, historic park and gardens, ongoing events, tours at your convenience (on your own pace, guided or audio guided (5-10 languages), special visits or exhibitions for kids, art exhibitions, classic concerts with Musicancy, night visits by candlelight, wine fair & carnival like in Venice, private group tours, wine tastings, French Cooking lessons,….and lots of surprises during the season.
NEWS – Restoration of the roof (South wing)
For the conservation and preservation of the castle and its mural paintings, the roof covering on the south side needs to be completely restored. (Service of the courtyard side and entire restoration of the garden side).
Presently the roof covering is very damaged and in a bad state. Many temporary repairs have been done in the course of the leaks. This is no longer enough and the damaged zinc works increase the risks.
The covering of the 5 stone skylights are also damaged.
For the framework, most of the woodwork will be fixed as well as the assembly and all lost elements will be replaced.
This massive plan consists in a removal of the existing roof (slates, battens, metal works, frames …) followed by the covering rehabilitation.
This huge project needs more than 550K€ and will last 10 months. It includes covering, framework, masonry and additional taxes. It will be managed with subsidies and funding of the DRAC of the region (Burgundy board of cultural affairs) of up to 40% excluding VAT.
We would be very grateful for your help and contribution to this project
We thank you deeply in advance for your interest of preserving the Renaissance castle of Ancy le Franc. To donate
VIP LOUNGE in the Chateau of Ancy le Franc!
Enjoy the Yellow Lounge during your visit, have a break and taste local snacks from the region, with a glass of wine offered.
The peaceful and distinguished setting is offering a wonderful view upon the romantic landscaped gardens.
65 € per person, 100 € for 2 people (entrance to castle & gardens included)
Available from Tuesday to Sunday noon.
The East parterre is just rewarded ‘Silver Victory ‘ at the French highly rated Victoires du Paysage 2018.