Château Michel de Montaigne

Opening hours

Closed

  • Monday 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Saturday 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Sunday 10:00 am - 05:00 pm

Opens at 10:00 am

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Useful information

Location : In the countryside

Province : Purple Périgord

Services

  • Cash
  • Credit card accepted
  • Groups
  • Open all year round
  • Parking
  • open 7/7
  • English
    • Montaigne's Tower:

      The Tour de Montaigne is a listed historical monument from the 14th century. During a 45-minute guided tour you enter the sanctuary of the famous philosopher and writer, Michel de Montaigne. Visiting the Tower is an opportunity to discuss the journey, philosophy and importance of places in the life of the humanist Michel de Montaigne, a key figure in humanism and a high figure of tolerance during the wars of religion. . Retired from his public duties, he decided to spend "there most of the days of his life, and most of the hours of the day", to devote himself "to his freedom, to his tranquility and to his leisure". He set up a private chapel, a bedroom and a bookstore where he wrote his famous Essays. The old library still preserves the Greek and Latin maxims and sentences inscribed on the beams.

      The 19th century castle:


      The castle itself is a 19th century castle, inspired by Viollet-Le-Duc with its mixture of neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance styles. For 30 minutes let yourself be transported to this magnificent castle. It was Pierre Magne, a lawyer originally from Périgueux and then Minister of Finance under Napoleon III, who acquired the estate in 1860 and had it rebuilt like a 19th century castle, witness to architectural styles from different periods. The latter was destroyed in 1885 by a fire but rebuilt a year later by the daughter of our minister, Marie Magne. Visits are only accessible by guided tours. We advise you to book in advance, by phone or on our website.

      PRICES :

      Tower: 9€
      Castle: 9€
      Tower + Castle: 16€
      Stroll in the park: 3€
      Reduced rates for children, students, job seekers, large families, education pass, press card (Contact us)

      SCHEDULE :

      • From September to June: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      • From June to August: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Traveller Reviews Château Michel de Montaigne

4.3 sur 5 296 reviews

  • Vanessa McCormack

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Vanessa McCormack on 10/04/2022

    Beautiful castle. There are limited tours available, so if you do want to go inside it’s worth checking times before you visit. If you are happy to walk around the outside it only costs €3 and you can get some great pictures!

  • Alex Wall

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Alex Wall on 22/04/2022

    Great guide (in French). Michel de Montaigne was one of the most influential renaissance authors and was a true Renaissance man in every sense of the word. He was a beacon of light in a time of religious conflict. His tower adjoins a more recently built chateau. Ponies and chestnut trees surround. A wine tasting can accompany the visit. The living and study quarters of Montaigne are a very interesting visit.

  • Chris O'Brien

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Chris O'Brien on 02/05/2022

    Never heard of the guy and was blown away by how significant a thinker Montaigne is and so very special to go into his library where all his great thinking occurred. Well worth a visit - very inspiring

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Château Michel de Montaigne

Address

Château Michel de Montaigne
24230 Saint-Michel-de-Montaigne

GPS coordinates

44° 52'41.8"N, 0° 1'47.02"E

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