For the past 20 years, an extraordinary adventure has been underway right at the heart of La Puisaye, close to Paris: a medieval castle is being built using 13th-century techniques. A fantastic medieval worksite where around fifty builders are working hard to take you on a journey into the past. Incredible, isn't it?
Stone after stone, you can see the castle coming together right before your eyes. It is an attraction that is constantly evolving so make sure you come back again and again, and learn something new each time about history, architecture, calculation, geometry, etc.
A real-life medieval worksite
In Guédelon in La Puisaye (Yonne), you'll feel like you've arrived in the Middle Ages... But in fact the castle is actually quite recent!
This unbelievable project began in 1997. The plan was to build a medieval castle, using the building techniques of the 13th century. The goal was to try out these techniques and gain a better understanding of them.
Since then, stonemasons, builders, woodcutters and blacksmiths have been working together. All of this, under the watchful eyes of the 300,000 visitors who come here each year! This huge project should be finished by 2025.
Eleven professions and skills to discover
Meeting the artisans
In Guédelon, the stonemason will sculpt blocks of white stone right before your eyes, the potter will knead, shape and work the clay, the rope maker will weave the fibres, the tile maker will bake his tiles in a kiln... You can expect an overall experience of the Middle Ages!
Share and discuss!
Don't be shy, ask all the questions that come to mind, because you'll have the opportunity to talk to the workers and even try out the building techniques of the Middle Ages yourselves!
There are special tours and workshops that have been especially designed for children.
The treasures of La Puisaye: arts and crafts
Stone, ochre, clay... La Puisaye is heaven-on-earth for arts and crafts professionals. As such, many of them have decided to set up shop here: potters and ceramists, ochre workers, sculptors, etc. There are so many workshops here, all of which will be delighted to open their doors to you, in the villages, down narrow streets, in the châteaus... Don't hesitate to stop off and pay them a visit to learn something new about these trades.
To see and do nearby
In La Puisaye and the surrounding area of Guédelon castle, there are so many things to do if you decide to stay longer.
Idea for a stay in La Puisaye
If you want to stay a day or two longer, take a look at our recommendations for a weekend in La Puisaye