Helmets are compulsory

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.

Practical info for visiting Guédelon

Guédelon
Guédelon
Guédelon

Dimitri, le forgeron en plein travail

Guédelon
Guédelon
Maud HUMBERT/Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme
Guédelon Maud HUMBERT/Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme
Guédelon
Maud HUMBERT/Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme
Guédelon

Le travail des ferronniers

Maud HUMBERT/Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme
Guédelon, pose de l'occulus
Guédelon
Guédelon, pose de l'occulus

Un travail d'équipe pour des oeuvriers motivés

Guédelon

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!

For children

There are special tours and workshops that have been especially designed for children.

Tailleur de pierre sur le chantier Guédelon
Sarah Preston - BFC Tourisme

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.

Chemin de sous bois en Puisaye
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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

Idea for a weekend in La Puisaye

En résumé
A propos
Guédelon

Dimitri, le forgeron en plein travail

Guédelon
Guédelon Maud HUMBERT/Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme
Guédelon

Le travail des ferronniers

Maud HUMBERT/Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme
Guédelon, pose de l'occulus

Un travail d'équipe pour des oeuvriers motivés

Guédelon