Château de Maisons-Laffitte

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Chateau Maisons-Laffitte

What you'll do

This is one of the most fantastic examples of French baroque style and an important building in the history of European architecture

Visit Château de Maisons-Laffitte with The Paris Pass®

  • You can visit this attraction with the digital Paris Museum Pass. Please download it before you visit!
  • A precursor to Versailles, this château was considered one of the most beautiful residences of the time
  • Discover the large open staircase and its sculpted and restored decor, the King's apartment and his famous Cabinet des Miroirs and more

The Château de Maisons-Laffitte was designed by François Mansart and built between 1630 and 1651.

Experience the Charm of Maisons-Laffitte

Welcome to Maisons-Laffitte, a haven of architectural beauty and history nestled in the heart of France. As you meander through its charming streets, you'll be captivated by the splendour of the famed Château de Maisons, a testament to France's rich past.

Savour the Unique Culture of Maisons-Laffitte

Submerge yourself in the vibrant culture, savoring local cuisines, engaging in traditional festivities, and exploring a thriving equestrian scene. The unique rhythm of life in Maisons-Laffitte is simply irresistible.

The family of Longueuil had been in possession of part of the seigneurie (or noble stronghold) of Houses since 1460 and possessed a full share since 1602. Beginning in 1630, and for the following decades, René de Longueuil, first president of the Cour des aides, devoted the fortune inherited by his wife to the construction of this magnificent French château.

Charles Perrault said of the château, "The Château de Maisons, of which Mansart made all the buildings and the gardens, is of such a singular beauty that there is no foreigner who does not go there to see it, as one of the finest things that we have in France." Any trip with The Paris Pass would not be complete without touring this marvelous castle.

At the death of René de Longueil in 1677, the Château de Maisons- Laffitte passed to his heirs until 1732, when it was succeeded to the marquise de Belleforière and the marquis de Soyécourt. In 1777 it became the property of Louis XVI's brother, the Comte d'Artois. Confiscated during the Revolution as national goods, the château was sold in 1798 to an army provisioner, Monsieur Lauchère.

It was again sold in 1804 to maréchal Jean Lannes, and finally in 1818, to the Parisian banker Jacques Lafitte. After his daughter, the princesse de la Moskowa, sold the château in 1850 it passed to Monsieur Thomas de Colmar, and then to the painter Tilman Grommé. In 1905 the French State purchased the Château de Maisons-Laffitte to save it from demolition and in 1914 it was classified as a Monument Historique.

Today it stands as one of the most beautiful buildings in all the world and, with The Paris Pass, is truly a sight no Paris visitor should miss.

Know before you go

This attraction is available as part of the digital Paris Museum Pass which is included for free with The Paris Pass®. Be sure to download it ahead of your trip and to save it on your phone as you'll need it at the entrance. You'll be asked to specify a 'date' which MUST be on one of the days you plan to use your passes.

Click here for more information on downloading your Paris Museum Pass and a full list of attractions.

For more information visit the Château de Maisons-Laffitte website.

Where you'll be

Operating hours

June 13 to September 15

Wednesday – Monday: 10AM - 12:30PM and 2PM - 6PM

September 16 to May 15

Wednesday – Monday: 10AM - 12:30PM and 2PM - 5PM

Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Hours of operation are subject to change so please check the attraction website for updates.

Closings & holidays

January 1, May 1, November 1, November 11 and December 25

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