Thanks to the considerable work which was carried out on the Bizy Park and Château by the Duke of Belle-Isle, who had the place built in 1740, it has become known as “Normandy’s Château of Versailles”. The park’s many fountains including both the one with the statues of Neptune and the lions, the one with the sea-horses as well as the pond embellished with water-works all evoke the splendor of the Baroque period.
Bizy which was inspired by the classical Versailles style and built in 1740 by Coutant d’Ivry was owned by some noteworthy figures including Louis XVth, the Duke of Penthièvre as well as Louis-Philippe. Altered numerous times by its successive owners, the château’s current central structure has been inspired by that of the Albani Palace in Rome. Its salons contain many souvenirs dating from the 1st Empire, whereas the stables were inspired from those at the Château of Versailles. The salons are decorated with fine Regency-style wood and house numerous souvenirs which belonged to the Bonaparte family and also others owned by Marshalls Suchet, Masséna and Davout.
Not to be missed are the extraordinary-coloured tapestries manufactured by the factory (Manufacture des Gobelins) owned by the Gobelin family in Paris and the marquetry pedestal table offered as a gift by Napoleon 1st.
The English-style garden in which stand several hundred year-old high trees is the perfect place to stroll around the 18th century fountains, ponds and statues.
Opening times :
Every day except Mondays from 1st April to 1st November: From 10a.m until 6p.m
Guided visits: 10.30a.m – 11.15a.m – 2.30p.m – 3.30p.m – 4.30p.m – 5.15p.m
Children between 7 and 18 years: 5€ – Free for children under 7 years
Students, disabled persons and guides: 7€
UN-guided tour of the park only : 4€
Contact details :
Château de Bizy
Tél : 02 32 51 00 82 – Fax : 02 32 21 66 54
firstname.lastname@example.org – www.chateaudebizy.com