IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Visits are carried out by appointment 48h before via the reservations module or by phone. Last minute offers can be opened afterwards depending on availability (here). Thank you for your understanding.

Due to french elections on June 30th, schedule has been changed: 9am-3pm.

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Le Pavillon Henri II will be open, upon 48h prior reservation, every Saturday and Sunday from 13th April to 29th September 2024.

It will also be open on the following days: 8th and 9th May, 20th May.

All year round for groups by appointment with the Retz en Valois tourist office.

Hours :


Prices :
Guided tour: 6.50 euros per person 
Free for children under 10

To place a reservation, click on the "bookings" button below.

Last minute offers can be launched within the 48 hours before visits with extra cost (1 euro per person), depending on availability of guides by clicking here.

Twin tickets with the Cité internationale de la langue française : 5 euros (under presentation of the full rate ticket).

European Heritage Days, special rate 5 euros per person (guided tour only)

For visits in english, please contact us via the Contact Us section of this website.

For further information or reservations, send a message from the Contact Us section of the website or call +33.666.112.867 or contact the Tourist Office of Retz en Valois at +33.323.965.510.

Reservations also possible directly via the Reservations module of this website (secured payment through third-party platform).

Le Pavillon Henri II,
very rich decorations in the country of Valois

This building, listed as a Historic Monument, is a former dependency of the castle of Villers-Cotterêts. A small jewel adjoining the private apartments of Francis Ist, it was built in the 16th century and constitutes a decorative and ornamental program with no equivalent in the Valois.

A perfect complement to the castle

After visiting and admiring the two magnificent staircases of the castle and the entablature of the chapel, it is in the Pavillon Henri II that you will find the most remarkable Renaissance-style interior decorations of Villers-Cotterêts. Whether they are 16th century or neo-Renaissance, with their stuccoed gold leaf motifs, woodwork panels, sculptures, murals or coffered ceilings, they bear witness to the wealth and importance of their owners: the royal family and the Dukes of Orleans.

Prestigious owners and sponsors

Pavilion of the royal and princely domain of the Château de Villers-Cotterêts, Francis Ist had it built, the Duke Louis-Philippe of Orleans enlarged it, King Louis-Philippe bought it and redecorated it and kept it until his death. All of them brought their own touch, to leave us today its superb decorations.

Alexandre Dumas

The first half of the 19th century was a parenthesis in the noble history of the Pavillon Henri II which was sold as a national property in 1795 to Jean-Michel Deviolaine, a father figure for Dumas, close to the Orleans family and future father curator of the crown forests. The property then welcomed for a time the Swedish count Adolphe Louis Ribbing de Leuven during his exile in France.

Alexandre Dumas wrote in his Memoirs: "The house of Monsieur Deviolaine was a palace much appreciated by me...".

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