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”.
Created in : XVIème siècle
Surface : 7 hectares
- Opening 2022 :
Every day except Tuesday, from Saturday April 1 to Sunday April 30: from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., opening without interruption on weekends and holidays.
Every day from Monday May 01 to Sunday September 03: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. without interruption
Every day except Tuesday, Monday September 04 to Sunday October 01: from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., opening without interruption on weekends and holidays.
Schedules for visits to the château: consult the château's website above.
- Visits :
Guided visits .
Access partially adapted for disabled persons.
Visits to the gardens are free. A plan is provided to you at the reception. At the entrance to each garden, a panel gives explanations.
The castle can only be visited by guided tour, lasting approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- Charges :
Adult: castle, park and gardens € 10.00 / park and gardens € 8.50
Child (5 to 11 years old): castle, park and gardens € 6.00 / Park and gardens € 5.00
Child (from 12 to 18 years old): castle, park and gardens € 7.00 / Park and gardens € 6.00
Group (from 20 people): castle, park and gardens € 8.50 / park and gardens € 7.00
Numerous family, student, job seeker (with card): castle, park and gardens € 7.00 / Park and gardens € 6.00
- Services :
Shop, Picnic area, Public lavatory, Fastfood-Restaurant, Restaurant, Bed and Breakfast, Self-catering cottage, Saloons to let, Seminars, Receptions, Cocktails, Marriage photos, Wi-Fi Access, Children's workshops, Lawns for sunbathing, Dog admitted if kept on a lead, Carpark arranged, Museum visit, Castle visitation, Exhibition visitation.
- Access :
By A71, exit at Saint-Amand-Montrond, then take the RD 2144 towards Montluçon, follow it for 8 km to Meslon. Take the D2 on the right towards La Celette. After 2 km, you are in Ainay-le-Vieil.
GPS (Lat x Long) : 46.667742000, 2.550845000