In accordance with the government's instructions, the Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil and the gardens are closed until further notice.

Nevertheless, the restoration and development work is continuing and the Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil will be ready to open its doors on 1 April 2021 for a new special season.
The château team now has the experience of the last season. It will make it a point of honour to respect the health recommendations put in place by the authorities in order to preserve the safety of all visitors.

Discover today the news of this 2021 season and prepare your visit without forgetting the park and the Renaissance water gardens

First event of the year, on 4 April: Ainay celebrates the family


Time flies and we wish we could enjoy it more with our with our children, our parents, our grandparents...

The Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil celebrates the family and offers a special programme to explore together.

Our visitors will be invited to :

  • an egg hunt,
  • workshops such as circus, old games...
  • listen to stories,
  • etc.

Times: 2pm to 7pm (last entry at 6.30pm)
Prices: Adults: €5, 5-15 years: €4, under 5 years: free
Free parking

An escape game

After the success of last year's event, a new Escape Game will be organised in the grounds of the Corps de Logis Feodal.

The participants, in groups of eight people maximum, will have to solve an original enigma specially written to spend an unforgettable moment...

More information and reservation

Escape game at the castle of Ainay-le-Vieil

A Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions

The Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions, a collection of objects and instruments that retrace the history of Berry in a barn with an exposed framework

Within the walls of a 17th century farmhouse, the castle has set up a museum of "Arts and Popular Traditions". A private collection of objects and furniture from the daily life of a Berry village can be discovered in a remarkable setting.

Self-guided or guided tour on request.
Free admission.

The castle shop

Overlooking an enclosed garden, the château's shop offers souvenirs for young and old, delicatessen items, a second-hand shop and a selection of decorative objects and tableware.

The main aim was to highlight local craftsmanship and exclusive collaborations. In particular with Thevenon Housethe fabric editor, Le Creuset and its kitchen and cooking utensils, knives Opinel, Casa Lopez for its tableware, the Rigaud candlesthe first French scented candles created in 1960 or DS Ceramics created by Delphine de Senneville.

Escape game at the castle of Ainay-le-Vieil

Five guest rooms in a spectacular setting

Dream away and spend a night in our guest rooms!

You will be welcomed like royalty and accommodated in the Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil with an exceptional view of the monument and the surrounding moat, as well as privileged access to the château's rose garden.

  • La chambre des remparts, 4 épis
  • The Tourzel room, in the process of being classified
  • The Colbert Room, currently being classified
  • The Empire Room, currently being classified
  • The Bigny suite, currently being classified

Discover the guest rooms of Ainay.

Three gîtes to enjoy with your family

After the opening of the Gîte de la Conciergerie in 2020, two other gîtes will be ready for the 2021 season:

- Gîte de la Conciergerie, 4 épis, - Gîte de la Capitainerie, - Gîte de la Grange,

Discover the gîtes