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Château de Montélimar
Historic site and monument

Château de Montélimar

Château de Montélimar
Rue de Narbonne26200 Montélimar

What a surprising citadel! Montélimar castle was home of the influential Adhémar family – the city was eventually named after them. Plunge into Middle Ages’ daily life with a visit that brings a refreshing and kids-friendly experience.

The castle is ideally located a few minutes walk away from the city centre, standing atop Montélimar’s heights. The stronghold is a powerful testimony of the Adhémar family and lineage’s influence, for the city was named after them. The castle comprises the Lord’s lodge, a Roman chapel, a square tower and a curtain wall topped by a chemin de ronde. As centuries went by, the ensemble served various purposes, such as a palace, a fort, citadel and then a prison. Today, the castle is a publicly owned property and belongs to Département de la Drôme, it has been listed as part of the Monuments Historiques and has benefited from many restoration projects. The first visitors were admitted in 1983 and have enjoyed since the building’s unique Southern Roman architectural features. Most remarkable highlights of the stronghold include some notable arcade windows and a breathtaking 360° panorama over the city from the chemin de ronde.

History with children’s eyes

Whether our visitors are young amateurs with a knack for history heirlooms or simply curious minds, we encourage children and adults to explore this one of a kind castle: several visiting courses include games and fun activities for all ages. All courses cover the castle’s history and its architecture, the daily routine of Lords and their subjects, customs and rituals commonly used during Middle Age and how the City of Montélimar governed and was governed over the ages.
This project of setting up innovative, off the beaten track visiting courses for guests was initiated and carried out by local professionals and children, as part of collaborating plans and initiatives.

Please note

  • EN FAMILLE : demandez le programme des activités pour visiter ce château de façon ludique (parcours fantaisie...) ou consultez la page spéciale Familles ( avant chaque période de vacances scolaires notamment.

Our services

  • Car park
  • Holiday checks accepted

Further information

  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Car park
  • Parking
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  • Educational visits
  • Themed tour
  • Shop
  • Set down on-site for groups
  • Tourist brochures
  • Booking of general amenities
  • Guided tours
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Type of clientele
  • Children
  • Groups
  • Home school groups
  • Welcome for business/incentive groups
  • Students
  • Special rate for disabled people
  • Special rate for jobseekers
  • Cycle 1: nursery school
  • Cycle 2: elementary School
  • Cycle 4: middle School
  • Cycle 3: elementary school (CM1, CM2)
  • Cycle 3: college (6th)
  • Compulsory health pass
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Customer base
  • Maximum size of the group : 30
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Spoken languages
  • English
  • French
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And especially
  • Special group
  • Family special
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From 04/02 to 28/02/2023, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 1 pm and 5 pm.

From 01/03 to 30/06/2023
Opening hours daily between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2023, daily between 10 am and 6 pm.

From 01/09 to 31/10/2023
Opening hours daily between 10 am and 12.30 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm.

From 01/11 to 31/12/2023, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 1 pm and 5 pm.
Closed exceptionally on November 11th and December 25th.


From 04/02 to 28/02/2023.

From 01/03 to 30/06/2023.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2023.

From 01/09 to 31/10/2023.

From 01/11 to 31/12/2023.

Free entry for children < 12 years, press, the drivers, disabled people.

Payment method : Bank/credit card, Check, Travellers Cheque, Culture voucher, Pass’Région

Updated on 13/04/2022
Through Montélimar Tourisme Agglomération
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