mid Jun-mid Sep: 9.30am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-6.45pm; rest of year: 9.30am-noon, 2pm-5pm - closed 1 Jan, 1 May, 25 Dec
Towering above the mountain stream, this castle built by Gaston Phébus in the 14C was transformed into a Renaissance palace by Marguerite d'Angoulême and took on its current appearance during the 19C, in the time of Louis-Philippe and Napoléon III. The apartments consist of a series of richly decorated rooms with beautiful tapestries. The tortoise shell said to have been used as Henry IV's crib is displayed in the room where he was born; portraits can be admired in the dressing room. The apartment of Empress Eugénie has been restored to its Second-Empire splendour.