Palais idéal du facteur Cheval
OT Porte de DrômArdèche
Historic site and monument

Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval

Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval
8 rue du PalaisCS 1000826390 Hauterives

It all started in April 1879 when Ferdinand Cheval, a country postman, stumbled upon a strange stone. This led to 33 years of perseverance and dedication in building his ideal palace, alone in his garden, using only nature, postcards and pictures in magazines as inspiration.

Unique in the world, the Ideal Palace has inspired artists for over a century. Independent from any artistic trend, built with no architectural rules, the Ideal Palace has been admired by the Surrealists and is considered as a work of outsider art. It was classified as a Historical Monument in 1969 by the French Minister of Culture at that time, André Malraux, as Naïve Art."

Our services

  • Car park
  • Holiday checks accepted

Further information

  • Toilets
  • Public WC
  • Car park
  • Defibrillator
  • Entertainments room
  • Film room
  • Parking
  • Coach parking
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  • Educational visits
  • Coach access
  • Shop
  • Tourist brochures
  • Guided tours
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Type of clientele
  • Children
  • Groups
  • Students
  • Special rate for disabled people
  • Compulsory health pass
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Customer base
  • Maximum size of the group : 200
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Spoken languages
  • English
  • French
  • Dutch
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And especially
  • Special group
  • Family special
  • Special solo
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From 01/07 to 31/08/2021, daily between 9 am and 6 pm.

From 01/09 to 30/09/2021, daily between 9.30 am and 6.30 pm.

From 01/10 to 30/11/2021, daily between 9.30 am and 5.30 pm.

From 01/12 to 31/12/2021, daily between 9.30 am and 4.30 pm.
Closed exceptionally on bank holidays.


Adult: 9 €
Child : 5 €
Student: 6 €
Job seeker: 6 €
Large family: 6 €
Disabled: 6 €
Audioguide: 2 €
Group adults: 6 €
Group children : 4 €.

Free entry for the drivers.
Child entry valid for 0 - 16 years.
Group rate available for > 15 people.

Payment method : Bank/credit card, Cheque, Chèques Vacances, Cash, Chèques Culture, Pass’Région


Updated on 07/07/2021
Through Office de Tourisme Porte de DrômArdèche
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