Aulan Castle

Built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Toulourenc valley, the Aulan castle whose first traces date back to the twelfth century belonged, among others, to the Mevouillon barons. The castle is the only private residence open to visitors in the Baronnies. You will be able to discover many memories of the Suarez Aulan family, particularly under Napoléon III.

Description

Built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Toulourenc valley, the Aulan castle whose first traces date back to the twelfth century belonged among others to the Mevouillon barons.
In 1635, Isabeau de L'Espine heiress of the fief of Aulan married François-Marie Suarez and bringed the castle in dowry. Manhandled to the Revolution, the castle has been completely redesigned in a Viollet-Le-Duc style in the second half of the nineteenth century by Marquis Arthur Suarez d'Aulan. This man fell in love for this land and decided to build a house like the height of his passion. Aulan Mayor, general Drôme counsel, MP for the Drôme and equerry of Napoleon III, he was particularly interested in agricultural issues. He introduced Austrian pine to reforest the area. This same love for this place brought his little son the Count Charles Suarez of Aulan to resume his house. Since 1958, the castle of Aulan is the only private Baronnies residence opened to visitors. Accompanied by a guide for 45 minutes, you will discover through living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms a decorated inhabited interior, many objects related to the Second Empire and the family history. Today it is still owned by their descendants, the Suarez of Aulan and a place for family gathering.

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Themes

  • Historic patrimony
  • Castle

Labels and ranking

  • Sélection GTA
  • Bad weather alternative
  • The Lavender Routes

Activities

  • Temporary exhibition
  • Discovery

Opening

From 01/04 to 31/10/2023, daily.
Closed exceptionally on August 15th.

Visit

Individual tour

  • Guided inividual tours obligatory
  • Average Duration of the individual tour: 45 minutes

Group tour

  • Guided group tours on request
  • Guided group tours obligatory
  • Average duration of groups visit: 45 minutes
  • Min. group size: 10
  • Max. group size: 40

Rate

From 31/03 to 31/10/2022
Full price: 7.50 € (From 18 years old)
Reduced price: 5 € (From 12 to 17 years old / disabled person)
Child: 2.50 € (From 9 to 11 years old).

From 01/04 to 31/10/2023
Full price: 7.50 € (From 18 years old)
Reduced price: 5 € (From 12 to 17 years old / disabled person)
Child: 2.50 € (From 9 to 11 years old).

Free entry for children < 9 years, accompanying guides, the drivers.
Group rate available for > 10 people.

Reservation required and appropriate price.

Payment options:

  • Check
  • Cash

Situation

Show itinerary

Amenities and Services

  • Guided tours
  • Pets welcome
  • Tourist brochures
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Camper van reception area
  • Parking

Accessibility

  • Reserved space 330 cm wide < 20 m from the site