Château de Duras

Opening hours

Closed

  • Monday 10:00 am - 01:00 pm 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 01:00 pm 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 01:00 pm 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 01:00 pm 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 01:00 pm 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am - 01:00 pm 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
  • Sunday 10:00 am - 01:00 pm 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Opens Wednesday at 10:00 am

Opening hours subject to change depending on the health context

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Useful information

Location : In the countryside

Province : Pays du Dropt

Services

  • Chèques Vacances (Holiday voucher)
  • Credit card accepted
  • English spoken
  • Groups
  • Parking
  • English
    • The first castle was built in 1137 on a rocky outcrop by Guillaume Amanieu viscount of Besaume, Benauges and Gabardan.

      At the beginning of the XIVth century, Gaillard de Goth, brother of the first French pope, Clément V, inherited Duras. He benefited from the pontifical money to transform his castle into an impregnable fortress. By marriage with Arnaud de Durfort, Marquèse de Goth brings the seigneury of Duras as a dowry and this is how the family of Durfort becomes Durfort-Duras and will own the Château until 1838.

      Located in a strategic territorial area during the Hundred Years War, the Durfort-Duras were able to pull out of the game according to alliances and financial benefits. The end of the war could have inaugurated an area of ​​peace, but the Durfort-Duras during the Wars of Religion joined the Protestants and thus opposed the King of France. Blaise de Montluc, sent by the King, besieged the Castle in 1562. The affected family then decides to fall into line and in return obtains the title of count.

      Their rise did not stop there : the Durfort-Duras became counts then marquises and finally by favor of Louis XIV, dukes in 1689 and peer of France in 1755.

      Louise Félicité d'Aumont, granddaughter of Durfort-Duras becomes Princess Louise of Monaco by marrying Prince Honoré IV of Monaco in 1795. This marriage with a Prince Grimaldi explains the link that still exists to this day with the Principality of Monaco. His Serene Highness the Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco visited the home of his ancestors on July 4, 2017 and the castle is one of the historic Grimaldi sites of Monaco.

      After centuries of conflict, the Castle, in the 17th and 18th centuries, experienced profound architectural upheavals, it thus became a magnificent pleasure residence with French gardens. extending by successive terraces to the edge of Dropt.

      The French Revolution will not spare the Château de Duras which will be partially looted and destroyed.

      After several successive private acquisitions, it is abandoned. Worn out by time, it was finally bought by the municipality in 1969 during an auction. Listed as a Historic Monument the following year, for 50 years it has been the subject of constant restoration campaigns. It is now one of the flagships of Aquitaine heritage and a unmissable site in Lot-et-Garonne.

      In 2018, a partnership with Mobilier nation was set up. Former Garde-Meuble de la Couronne, this institution was created in 1604 by Henri IV. The mission of the Mobilier National is to furnish the presidential residences and the high administrations of the State, to create works of contemporary art, to maintain and restore its collections, to enhance and make known its heritage .

      The furnishing of the Château was carried out in 2 stages and allows you to realize what "the life of the Château" could be like. It was chosen to install XIXth century furniture in the troubadour style which takes up the taste of the Renaissance to recall the good times of the dukes of Durfort-Duras in the XVIIth century. In 2018, it was first the Duchess wing that was fitted out, then in 2019 the Duke's apartments followed.

      Today the Château de Duras presents a remarkable exhibition of 230 objects (billiards, armchairs, tables, rugs, paintings, sculptures, tapestries...)


      OPENING TIME :
      Open daily from February 1 until the end of the Christmas holidays (except January 1, December 24 and 25)
      February, March, November, December 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
      April, May, June, September, October 10 am-1pm and 2 pm-6pm
      July-August 10 am-7pm (until 9:30 pm on show nights)

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Traveller Reviews Château de Duras

4.4 sur 5 2258 reviews

  • Helen Howells

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Helen Howells on 02/11/2021

    Fantastic. The panoramic views are outstanding on their own! Add, a chateau, with a heart warming story of reclamation and rejuvenation and some fun exhibitions. The Tower climb is scary, but worth the climb. Very friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommend. P.s. beware the mannequin in the kitchen he has a really deep voice!!!!!

  • Peter Hogg

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Peter Hogg on 21/11/2021

    Fabulous 'fairy tale' castle. Well worth a visit. Climb the tower for the awesome view but be ready for rather bare, unimaginative interiors

  • roger simons

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by roger simons on 16/09/2021

    Excellent venue,a must visit place. Great staff very knowledgeable and Falconry and jousting definitely worth booking.

Traveller Reviews Château de Duras

4.5 sur 5 403 reviews

  • "Nicely renovated, with audio and visual effects!"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Susanne1990 (Breda, The Netherlands) on 27/07/2021

    Definitely a must see! Castle is in very good shape. We've spend here two hours, walking through the castle with the (English) audio guide in our hands. Extensive background stories for each room. In...

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  • "Excellent tour"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by smackinlay (Bordeaux, France) on 17/10/2020

    We really enjoyed this tour of a beautifully recorded treasure with loads of local history. The audio tour was well worth it but only get one as you can share. The furniture has been brought in from...

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  • "Old Chateaux"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by clairecC2332KB (Marmande, France) on 18/02/2020

    Well worth a visit if you like old history and buildings. In the summer they have a wonderful 'son et lumiere' display on the front facade which you can control with a smartphone app!

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Château de Duras

Address

Place du Château
47120 Duras

GPS coordinates

44° 40'35.98"N, 0° 10'45.93"E

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