Le pont et Le château  d'estaing

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Classified as Historic Monument since 1945, the Castle of Estaing has both remarkable history and architecture that we invite you to discover.

Standing on a schistose promontory that overlooks the river Lot, the castle was for nearly eight centuries the residence of the Estaing family, one of the most famous of the Rouergue.
From the 11th to the 18th century the structures have evolved by adapting to the needs and fashions of each generation: the defensive loopholes near the decorative balusters adorned by the Estaing’s coat of arms; the roman, flamboyant gothic and renaissance styles share the frontages.

Several members of the Estaing family, military or religious, figure in the history of France, and that of the Rouergue:

  • Tristan, hero of the battle of Bouvines in 1214;
  • Pierre, cardinal in the 14th century;
  • François, bishop of Rodez in the 16th century;
  • Charles-Henri, Admiral, commanding the French fleet sent to support the War of Independence of the United States.

In 1794, seized and parcelled out, the building is sold by the State as national property. In 1836, the castle becomes the mother house of the religious Congregation Saint-Joseph d’Estaing. It is ceded to the city of Estaing in 2000.
In 2005, the SCI of the Chateau d’Estaing, formed by Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, President of the French Republic from 1974 to 1981, becomes owner of the building;
Then begins a programme of restoration intended to give back to the castle its original aspect and to make it a place of memories.
The works are realized, inside as well as outside the buildings, by qualified craftsmen who have at heart to give back life to this so special building.
The restored rooms will progressively receive furniture, objects and historic documents to better present the history of the castle.

In 2012, the castle became the property of the Foundation Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, recognized of public benefit.

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Visits in 2021

  • From May 25th to June 30th
    Tuesday to Saturday, from 9h30 to 12h30* and from 14h to 18h*
  • From July 1st to August 31th  
    Tuesday to Sunday, from 10h30 to 12h30* and from 14h to 19h*     
  • From September 1st to 30th
    Tuesday to Sunday, from 9h30 to 12h30* and from 14h to 18h*
  • From October 1 to 16th
    Tuesday to Saturday, from 9h30 to 12h30* and from 14h to 18h*

* Ticketing and entrance until 45 minuts before closing.

Rates Castle + Exhibition (1) Guided visit (2)
Adult 6 € 10 €
Child 3 € 6 €
Less than 12 years old Free Free
Groups more than 15 persons :   consult us     

(1) Castle + Exhibition: Access to the high court and the terrace + access inside the buildings, to the rooms restored since 2005.

self-guided brochure :

Permanent exhibition
“Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, a man at the service of France and Europe”
The visitors will remind or will discover the main improvements of the septennate and how France adapted to modernity.

(2) Guided visits (French):
departure at 11h and 16h, by appointment. It lasts around1h30.    

Room of the decorations
Exceptional presentation of the decorations awarded to Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, President of the French Republic, 1974-1981
(Extra charge: 3 € by person – By appointment only)


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Château d'Estaing
Place François Annat
12190 Estaing

+33 5 65 44 72 24

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