The Salle des Archers, a vaulted room dating from the 17th century, is situated on the left as you enter the courtyard, opposite the Renaissance Logis, which is illuminated at night.
According to the standards, it can accommodate 250 seated people for meetings, seminars, conferences, concerts, receptions, weddings, cocktail parties, etc.
It has a surface area of about 200 square metres, partly covered with a short carpet, partly with a wooden floor of 5m x 8m used as a dance floor.
Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil, general view of the store
The postern
Salon Colbert
Chartreuse, the embroidery parterre
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Know the essentials: practical information

Opening times and periods, Friday, March 29 to Sunday, September 29, 2024

You have free access to the Musée d'Art et Traditions Populaires and the season's temporary exhibition "Au bout du conte", as well as to the store and La Volière restaurant.

To enter the Gardens and the Château, you need a ticket. You can choose between two types of tour:

  • guided tour of the château interior (followed by free access to the park and gardens),

  • or take a leisurely stroll in the park and gardens.

    Wednesday May 1 to Sunday September 1 :

    Every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.* without interruption

    Monday, September 2 to Sunday, September 29 : 

    • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 
      • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and
      • from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.*
    • Tuesday: closed
    • Weekends and/or public holidays :
      • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.* 

    Friday, March 29 to Monday, April 29 : 

    • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday:
      • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and
      • from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.*
    • Tuesday: closed
    • Weekends and/or public holidays :
      • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    * last access 30 minutes before château closes

    ** opening from 10 am to 7 pm for the European Heritage Days on Sunday September 22, 2024.

    Guided tour times (duration approx. 1 h 30), season 2024 :


    NEW: Theatrical tours for children on request*. Find out more

    These times are subject to change, so please consult this page before your visit.

    April / May / June:
    Please note that in May and June, the château welcomes many groups and school groups on weekdays. Tour times are subject to change. Please call the gift store on +33 2 48 63 02 88 to book your visit.

    • Every day  
      • 10 h 15
      • 10 h 45
      • 11 h 45
      • 14 h 15
      • 15 h
      • 16 h
      • 16 h 30
      • 17 h 15

    July/August :

    • Every day :
      • 10 h 15
      • 10 h 45
      • 11 h 45
      • 14 h
      • 15 h
      • 16 h
      • 16 h 45
      • 17 h 15

    September :

    • Monday to Friday :
      • 10 h 15
      • 10 h 45
      • 14 h 15
      • 16 h
    • Saturday and Sunday:
      • 10 h 15
      • 10 h 45
      • 11 h 45
      • 14 h 15
      • 15 h
      • 16 h
      • 16 h 30

    * Dramatized tours are organized on request and subject to availability.

    * according to the health regulations in force at the time of the visit



    Castle*, parc and gardens
    *guided tour

    park and gardens
    European Heritage Days 2024
    ADULT* 12 € 9,50 € 8,50 €
    CHILDREN* aged 5 to 18
    (on presentation of card)

    STUDENT under 27,
    9,00 € 8,00 € 7,00 €
    CHILD* under 5 years Free of charge Free of charge Free of charge

    (from 20 people)

    9,50 € 8,00 € NC


    8,00 € 7,00 € NC

    Person with reduced mobility
    (accompanying person free of charge)

      6,00 € Free of charge

    Route Jacques Cœur*
    (purchase of Pass: €6)

    12 €

    Free and does not give rise to a preferential rate (simply, after 8 stamped visits, the visitor is offered a 1-year subscription to the DH magazine).


    RHS members
    Visit the gardens free of charge from June 1 to August 31 on presentation of your membership card.

      Free of charge NC


    Payment methods :
    Cash, Cheque, Credit card (except American Express), Holiday vouchers, Culture vouchers, Clarc vouchers, etc.

    * Large family rate: on presentation of card

    * Take advantage of the Jacques Coeur PRIVILEGE PASS to visit the Route Jacques Coeur sites and Route Jacques Coeur and some 50 partner sites. Obtain the PASS on the Route website or ask for it at the site reception desk.


    • French 🇫🇷
    • English 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (guided tours available on request or via a Wivisites app downloadable from the store)
    • Flamand 🇳🇱 (via an application downloadable from the store)
    • Spanish 🇪🇸 (via an application downloadable from the store)

    A specially equipped parking area

    Parking under video surveillance :
    Google Maps link

    • 2 places to recharge an electric vehicle
    • 2 spaces for people with reduced mobility
    • 1 camper van space

    Coaches are not allowed in the château parking lot, but can be parked next to the town hall.

    Closed at night

    People with disabilities

    Due to the architecture of the building, certain areas within the château are narrow, making it impossible for wheelchair users to get around (access stairs to the ramparts and the Renaissance dwelling). However, the entire park and gardens remain accessible (lawn and sand).

    For further information, please contact reception on 02 48 63 02 88

    Your pets are welcome

    They are only allowed in gardens and must be kept on a leash.

    A "doggie bar" is accessible from the store.

    For further information, please contact reception on 02 48 63 02 88

    A landscaped area

    In the château grounds, there is a special area for visitors wishing to picnic (see garden map).

    However, picnicking is not permitted in the rose garden or the chartreuse trees.

    For further information, please contact reception on 02 48 63 02 88

    Click to download Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil documentation in PDF format (requires Acrobat Reader) using the links below*.








    * Please note: these documents are subject to copyright, i.e. you can download, copy and use them privately, but they may not be published in any media (paper, internet, dvd) without our prior authorization.

    Labels and ratings

    The château and gardens are listed as a "Monument Historique".
    The gardens have been awarded the "Jardin Remarquable" label.

    The site is a member of theAssociation des Châteaux de la Loire, the Demeure historique, the Route Jacques Coeur, the Jardins secrets en Berry, theAssociation des Parcs et Jardins de la région Centre (APJRC) and the Royal Horticultural Society.

    The site has also been awarded the Nouvelles Renaissances and Accueil vélo labels.

    The château is a member of the Qualité Tourisme initiative in the Centre Val de Loire region and is committed to the "Together for sustainable tourism" project.

    The château's accommodation is a member of the Gîtes de France and Charme & Traditions networks, and has just won the Travel & Hospitality Award 2024.