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Château d'Ancy-le-Franc

The Château d'Ancy-le-Franc is a French 16th-century castle and garden near Tonnerre, in Burgundy.

Antoine de Clermont, brother-in-law of Diane de Poitiers commissioned Sebastiano Serlio, who was employed at the court of Francis I, to design the château and garden; construction on a large level site began in about1546.

The house is built around a large rectangular courtyard of majestic proportions.

The twelve principal rooms on the ground floor, notably the Chambre des Nudités and the Chambre de Diane, are adorned with tapestries and frescoes.

On the first floor, the apartments and galleries were sumptuously decorated by Francesco Primaticcio.

A drawing by Jacques Du Cerceau shows that the original gardens echoed the rectangular shape of the house.

A huge rectangular raised terrace was constructed around the house and garden, and this terrace was used as a promenade from which house and gardens could be viewed.

Château d'Ancy-le-Franc
Visitor Information

Opening Times

Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc is closed during the winter times, and it is open between March and November.

The chateau is open all year round for group visits by appointment.


An adult ticket is €9 and a child ticket cost €6. There also different types of discounts for group visits. Visit the main page for more information or contact the tourist office:

Contact details:

Tel. (+33) 03 86 75 14 63


Château d'Ancy-le-Franc Map

Château d'Ancy le Franc address: 18 Place Clermont-Tonnerre, 89160 Ancy-le-Franc, France

Get help with directions using the map provided bellow:

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Château d'Ancy-le-Franc Photos

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Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc plan - Photo © Sylviane Moss
Château d'Ancy-le-Franc - Photo © Barge Drumsara
Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc and gardens Photo © Mlle Bé
Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc facade - Photo © abac077

Garden Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc - Photo © Sylviane Moss
Chateau d'Ancy-le-Franc detail - Photo © Adrien W