Park and Gardens of the Château d'Ainay Le Vieil : The landscape park surrounds the medieval castle, and the water games from the early 17th century guide us in promenade that is a real initiation into garden art: the Garden of the Poets with its flower-lined arcade avenue and its green rooms, the Rose Garden with its ancient varieties, and its climbing roses that invade the trees and the two 17th century summer houses, the Island Square with its structure of palissade-trimmed hornbeams, the Charterhouses that have each their own theme garden: the mixed-border, the sculpted orchard, the meditation garden, the cloister with its simples and the embroidered flower beds.
The gardens of the château d'Ainay-le-Vieil are classified as Historical Monuments and ”Remarkable Garden”.
- Opening 2020 :
Every day from Friday May 29 to Wednesday September 30: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
1 Thursday October 1 to Sunday November, every day except Tuesday : 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Opening hours of the Castle : to be consulted on the Castle's website above.
- Visits :
Access partially adapted for disabled persons.
The visits to the gardens are free. A plan is provided to you at the reception. The castle can only be visited with a guide and lasts approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.
- Charges :
Adult: Castle, park and gardens € 9.00 / Park and gardens only € 7.50
Child (5 to 11 years old): Castle, park and gardens € 4.00 / Park and gardens only € 3.00
Child (12 to 18 years old): Castle, park and gardens € 6.50 / Park and gardens only € 6.50
Group (from 20 people): Castle, park and gardens € 7.50 / Park and gardens only € 6.50
Large family, student, job seeker (with card): € 6.50
- Services :
Shop, Picnic area, Public lavatory, Restaurant, Bed and Breakfast, Self-catering cottage, Saloons to let, Seminars, Receptions, Cocktails, Marriage photos, Children's workshops, Dog admitted if kept on a lead, Castle visitation, Exhibition visitation.
- Access :
By A71 exit at Saint Amand Montrond, then take the RD 2144 in the direction of Montluçon, follow it for about 10 Kms then turn right; Ainay-le-Vieil is only 2 km away.
GPS (Lat x Long) : 46.667742000, 2.550845000