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Castle of La Napoule

Historic site and monument, Historic patrimony in Mandelieu-la-Napoule
  • The Château de la Napoule is an ancient medieval fortress restored by a couple of American artists, Henry and Marie Clews, during the Roaring Twenties. The gardens classified as "remarkable" host works of artwork by artists.

  • A bit of history: Built just by the sea in 1387 by the Counts of Villeneuve, the old military fort of La Napoule bears witness to a turbulent history: invasions, looting, wars and other revolutions.

    Halfruin, half bourgeois villa, it was bought in 1917 by Henry Clews, an American billionaire, painter and sculptor. Together with his wife Marie, they rebuilt the building from authentic remains, including the two towers and transformed it with its gardens into a dream and imaginary place....
    A bit of history: Built just by the sea in 1387 by the Counts of Villeneuve, the old military fort of La Napoule bears witness to a turbulent history: invasions, looting, wars and other revolutions.

    Halfruin, half bourgeois villa, it was bought in 1917 by Henry Clews, an American billionaire, painter and sculptor. Together with his wife Marie, they rebuilt the building from authentic remains, including the two towers and transformed it with its gardens into a dream and imaginary place. The maxim engraved on the pediment of the portal "once upon a time", announces the entrance into a fantastic world, where the art, humour and fantasy of its creators are written on the walls forever.

    Although Henry devoted himself to the castle's architecture and his artistic works, which can be seen in the castle museum, his wife was the architect of the gardens of the castle, which she designed with a talent that is still recognized today.

    Advantages for families
    Free for children under 7 years old
    Free treasure hunt in the castle gardens
  • Environment
    • Close to a motorway
    • Lakeside or by stretch of water
    • Station district
    • Close to a public transportation
    • Waterside
    • Beach within 300 m
    • Sea view
  • Spoken languages
    • English
    • French
    • Italian
Services
  • Activities
    • Children's entertainment
    • Temporary exhibition
    • Entertainment evenings
  • Equipment
    • Toilets
    • Exhibition space
    • Restaurant
    • Parking
  • Services
    • Educational visits
    • Room hire
    • Themed tour
    • Shop
    • Guided tours
Rates
Payment methods
  • Cash
Openings
  • From April 9, 2022
    until June 30, 2022
  • Monday
    Closed
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  • Tuesday
    Closed
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  • Wednesday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sunday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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