Château de Lourmarin

The Château de Lourmarin was classified as a historical monument in 1973. Discover the history of this castle and its owner, the curse and all the anecdotes of this monument.

24 avenue Laurent Vibert, BP 23, 84160, Lourmarin

Page updated on 24/10/2023

Château - Lourmarin

In an exceptional setting facing the village, the Château de Lourmarin, the first Renaissance Château in Provence, consists of two parts: The old castle built at the end of the 15th century by Foulques d'Agoult. Its "great elegance" is noticeable thanks to its Italian-style loggia. The 16th century Renaissance wing is fully furnished and contains collections from the 15th to the 19th century.

The oldest part of Lourmarin castle was built in the 15th century by Foulques d'Agoult. From 1526 onwards, Louis d'Agoult-Montaubaun and his wife, Blanche de Lévis-Ventadour, had the Renaissance wing built with a remarkable unity and purity of style.

After the revolution, the castle had several owners who lost interest in it. It narrowly escaped complete destruction thanks to Laurent-Vibert. Visiting Lourmarin in 1920, this academic, heir of the company, was seduced by the charm of the castle, bought it and restored it.

When he died in 1925, Robert Laurent-Vibert bequeathed the castle to the Academy of Sciences, Agriculture, Arts and Belles Lettres of Aix, so that it could become a residence for artists.

Château - Lourmarin

Château - Lourmarin

Visiting the castle

In addition to its exceptional architecture, the Château de Lourmarin has some very fine collections: furniture (from the 16th to the 19th century), engravings, objets d'art and musical instruments.

In 2019, it has extended its tour by opening four additional rooms in the medieval part: two beautiful libraries and two vaulted rooms.

Château - Lourmarin

• Come and visit the Château de Lourmarin: In complete freedom thanks to a visit card (text in 12 languages) and numerous explanatory panels inside the monument.
• For groups: all year round, guided tours of about 1 hour upon reservation, from 7 people (group rate from 12 people). Please book a few days in advance.

Exhibition to discover during your visit to the château

Exhibition on The Ocean, with photographs by Rachael Talibart and Henley Spiers and engravings by Hélène Baumel and Jean Chièze, four artists presenting an impressive animal kingdom and the power of the natural elements.

L'Océan - exposition

Events at the Castle

As the first renaissance castle in Provence, the Château de Lourmarin is constantly renewing and enriching its programme in order to fill you with wonder and to welcome more and more visitors every day of the year (except on 25 December and 1 January), offering numerous events and highlights adapted to all ages and tastes.

- Conferences
- Activities for children (Easter, Halloween, Christmas)
- Great renaissance festival
- Summer Music Festival
- Festival Yeah
- ...

Photo gallery

Château de Lourmarin
Façade Renaissance du château
Chateau facade renaissance
Château de Lourmarin
Château de Lourmarin

Practical information on Château de Lourmarin

Opening times and periods

From 02/01 to 31/03
Opening hours daily between 10.30 am and 12.45 pm and between 2.30 pm and 5.15 pm.
Annual closure from 8 to 19 January 2024 inclusive.
Open from 10.30 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 5.15 p.m.
* Closing of the cash desks 45 minutes before.

From 01/04 to 30/04
Opening hours daily between 10.30 am and 1.15 pm and between 2.30 pm and 5.45 pm.
Open from 10.30am to 1.15pm and from 2.30pm to 5.45pm.
* Closing of the cash desks 45 minutes before.

From 01/05 to 30/09, daily between 10.30 am and 6.45 pm.
* Closing of the cash desks 45 minutes before.

From 01/10 to 31/10
Opening hours daily between 10.30 am and 1.15 pm and between 2.30 pm and 5.45 pm.
Open from 10.30am to 1.15pm and from 2.30pm to 5.45pm.
* Closing of the cash desks 45 minutes before.

From 01/11 to 31/12
Opening hours daily between 10.30 am and 12.45 pm and between 2.30 pm and 5.15 pm.
Closed exceptionally on December 25th.
Open from 10.30am to 12.45pm and from 2.30pm to 5.15pm.
* Closing of the cash desks 45 minutes before.

Price

Full price: 8 €
Reduced price: 6.50 €
Child (6-16 years): 3.50 €
Set price group adults: 6.50 €.

Free entry for children < 6 years.

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