After work worthy of the greatest medieval construction sites, the new castle of Foix welcomes you: welcome to the XNUMXth century!
Discover a 2 m² museum space and get to know the Counts of Foix. On its rock, the castle is also getting a facelift: immersive decorations, participatory workshops and breathtaking war and construction machines: certainly an unforgettable visit!
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A fun and immersive castle
To complete this medieval immersion at the foot of the three towers of this new castle, workshops are offered every day. Animated by characters straight from the Middle Ages, such as La Chignole, Cordilh, Brunissende…, they will help you to project yourself in the time of the Counts of Foix.
The medieval weapons
In the form of a workshop held by our medieval characters, you will familiarize yourself with the weapons of war from the time of Fébus: the bow and the crossbow. It is matter of prestige, speed shooting, materials, anecdotes battlefield ... and many other things!
The size of the stone
Located at the foot of the famous round tower which is the pride of the Counts and of the Castle, you will discover, during this participatory workshop, the secrets of medieval builders: knotted rope, mallet and chisel, workman's marks and so much more. ! The walls have not finished talking to you.
The medieval forge
During this demonstrative workshop, it will be about iron, fire and hammer ... all with noise and smell! In this true medieval forge, we operate the bellows, we put the blushing iron and we shape the instruments which will then be used by the stonemason or the crossbowman.
Visit the interiors of this new castle and move through the heart of the Middle Ages… and that's not just a vain promise!
While strolling in the castle, one can believe that the famous Gaston Fébus and his court still occupy the places! In each room, furniture, seats, tables, beds and weapons are installed to give it all its splendor of yesteryear. Each more realistic than the next, they are made to measure, after a long work of archival research and inventory of the various known medieval collections.
Among the rooms that you will be able to discover are the large ceremonial room, the count's bedroom, the weapons room, the scriptorium, the dungeon ...
An olfactory atmosphere unfolds in each room, for example, allowing you to recognize the odors of grain, candles or that of the grease of weapons.
To accentuate this immersion, you can even sit on the cathedral (the throne) of the count, the time of a totally anachronistic selfie!
War and Construction Machines, Scale 1
If the immersion is complete inside the walls of the medieval fortress, the terraces are not left out!
Come and discover exceptional war machines, such as the trebuchet or the stony ground and an impressive drum winch, very useful for the works of the counts.
These machines, scale 1, were built during the summer of 2018, under the eyes of visitors, with the techniques and tools of the time.
The immense trebuchet, with its 16 meters high, is a siege machine that allowed to send balls of 100 kg to more than 200 meters. At his side, the stone seems more frail but remains terribly effective allowing a rapid defense, at the rate of one shot per minute. The drum winch, also called a “squirrel cage”, is installed between two towers of the castle. Lifting device, its principle is simple: one takes place inside and while walking, the multiplication of the forces makes it possible to hoist stone blocks weighing up to one ton.
These machines, visible every day, are brought to life during workshops that explain their history and their usefulness… it even seems that you can be used as labor!
At the foot of the Castle, a new museum area of 2 m² gives you an appointment with modernity, playfulness and interactive.
Discover the exceptional destiny of the Counts of Foix
The story begins at the very beginning of the Middle Ages, around the year 1589, with Bernard, founder of the dynasty, and will end in XNUMX, when Henri de Navarre became King of France under the name of Henri IV ...
Through the different rooms of the museum, you will discover this great Pyrenean lineage and will witness the life of the Counts of Foix and their wives, their conquests, their defeats, their alliances, their unions, their passions, their beliefs and their daily life of hunts, wars, politics or parties.
These beautiful stories will, depending on the visit, be punctuated by games, videos or interactive content.
The museum tour will also allow you to discover the history of the county of Foix, the city and the Castle, of Catharism but also to better understand daily life, the legends that we told each other or the splendor of the court of counts in the Middle Ages.
The Book of the Hunt
Symbol of the fame of Gaston Fébus, the Book of the Hunt is devoted to the passion of his life and remains forever attached to the memory of this great prince. Enter the dark room, a large illuminated book awaits you. Touch the pages and find yourself immersed in the center of immersive scenes straight from the illustrations in the book.
The Book of the Hunt comes to life. The animals move through the foliage that grows visibly, the birds sing and flutter between the branches. Everywhere the beauty of medieval illustrations is amplified by movement, sound, depth and play of light.
Visit with your smartphone
Since summer 2020, you can, throughout the museum section, enhance your visit with audio commentaries, all free of charge with your admission ticket. This visiting companion is available in several languages (French, English, Spanish, Catalan, Dutch or even German).
To benefit from it, the procedure is simple: using your smartphone, simply connect to the museum's private network and, in each room, tag the “find out more” signs.
Easy handling, a procedure in line with the new health standards and total autonomy to let yourself be guided and simply enjoy the visit.
- On-site ticket office open until 17 p.m. except in July and August until 17 p.m.
- Payments accepted: cash / checks (on presentation of an identity document) / bank cards / holiday vouchers
- Reservation is not necessary
- Online ticket office accessible 24 hours a day
|Child (5 to 17 years old)||8€|
|Student (under 26)||9€|
|Family Pass (2 adults + 2 children)||36€|
All opening periods have passed. Please contact the owner directly for more information
Due to the news related to covid-19 and the containment measures taken by the government, the Château de Foix is temporarily closed.
Winter closure: Château de Foix is closed from January 4 to February 06, 2021.
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By car : from Toulouse take the A61 motorway towards Montpellier. Then take the direction Foix by the A66 motorway.
Are there reduced rates at Château de Foix?
Discover our different packs and visit our sites at reduced prices!
The 'Family Pass' entitles you to 2 adult tickets + 2 child tickets at only € 36 (additional child: + € 5,90).
Children under 5 get free, those between 5 and 17 get a reduced rate of € 8.
Students under 26 benefit from a reduced rate of € 9.
Anyone with a disability who has a disability card benefits from a 15% discount applicable on the base rate. The companion of a person in a wheelchair is free. Please note that some areas of the Château are difficult to access, see section Affortability.
How long does the visit to the Château last? What do you need to know before coming?
It takes place both indoors for the museum space and the immersive rooms of the château, but also outdoors for the terraces and participatory workshops (covered). It takes about 4 hours for the complete visit.
Is the Château accessible to people with motor disabilities?
The museum area is fully accessible to all audiences and to wheelchairs.
The access path to the castle is steep and is made on cobblestone ground which can be slippery in rainy weather. So remember to put on good shoes and to prefer, for example, a baby carrier to the stroller.
The location of the Château de Foix, on a rocky outcrop, makes its access difficult for people with reduced mobility (steep paths, numerous stairs, sometimes uneven ground, etc.).
It is not possible to visit the tours in a wheelchair or stroller.
Welcoming visually impaired visitors is also difficult, because there are many obstacles (steps, unspecified differences in level…) and very significant light contrasts.
Where to park at Château de Foix?
The car parks are located in different places in the city, you will find them here: Foix town hall site: parking.
Passenger drop-off and waiting areas have been set up for buses.
The walking time to the castle is estimated at around 10 minutes.
Are animals allowed at Château de Foix?
For reasons of conservation and hygiene, animals are not allowed in the Château, even on a leash.
Can we buy souvenirs at Château de Foix?
A shop is present and open at the same hours as the Château on the site. You can access it without visiting, you just need to report to the ticket office.