Castle of the year XNUMX (XNUMXth-XNUMXth century). Astonishing by its military character and its formal gardens, it offers the visit of very beautiful rooms: the Louis XIII bedroom, the medieval kitchen, the chapel (XNUMXth century) and the keep with its "funnel" vault.

After being greeted by our team of guides, all you have to do is let yourself be accompanied on a guided tour lasting an hour. You will start your visit in front of the imposing entrance door, exceptional because it is made up of 2115 original nails, surmounted by its pediment, bearing the Virieu coat of arms… you are now in the main courtyard of the Château de Virieu. You are in the heart of the castle, at the foot of its keep. On your right, you can see the cannons donated by Louis XIII in 1622, placed under the Italian-style brick Arcade gallery. A few steps and here you are in the calm universe of the Chapelle de Virieu. Entering the Chapel, you will discover the Stations of the Cross sculpted by Stéphanie de Virieu at the age of 80 as well as the starry vault in the shape of an overturned boat. In a few steps, under the gallery, you access the old kitchen, which nowadays serves as a dining room. You will discover the monumental fireplace with its low arch, its XNUMXth century hearth plate, a memory of the ancient Charterhouse of the Sylve Bénite. You can also appreciate its furniture before entering the Great Hall steeped in history.
The king's bedroom, an impressive and majestic room, so named because King Louis XIII slept there in 1622, has retained its appearance and some of its original furniture.
You then access the White Room which was to be a chapel.
The visit ends in the keep, now a place of memory dedicated to the Resistance during the dark period of the German occupation from 1940 to 1944.

Additional information : Adult groups: * On reservation from mid-March to 01 November. * Min 14 / Maxi 40 people (if more than 40 people, the group can be divided into two to guarantee good visiting conditions) * Guided tour of the castle (1h) + the gardens and the dovecote (around 30 min) * 6.50 € per person (guided tour) - one free ticket for the driver - one free for every twenty people * Brochure for download School groups and leisure centers: * Reception on the site possible from mid-March to 1 November from Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 15 p.m. * Capacity: maximum two classes * A guide for the visit of the Castle and the French Gardens. Program: life from the Middle Ages to the present day is evoked according to the age of the children * A speaker for the workshops * 5.50 € per child for the visit of the castle / 6,50 € per child for the visit of the castle + a workshop (the services are paid directly to the speakers on the day of your arrival) * Possibility of picnic outdoors and provision of a room in case of bad weather * Brochure for download. Parking for 5 coaches, site accessible from the parking lot for people with reduced mobility.



  • Groups welcome


  • Average duration of the individual visit: 45 min
  • Average duration of the group visit: 90 min
  • Groups of 14 to 40 people welcome.

Additional visit:
All tours are guided: departure 14pm-30pm-15pm-30pm


  • Groups welcome

Visit languages

  • English
  • French

Individual visit services

  • Permanent individual guided tours
  • Mandatory guided individual tours

Group visits services

  • Guided group tours permanently
  • Mandatory guided group visits


Reservation required by email for groups.


From 08/04 to 01/11/2023, every Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday, Sunday: open

The castle is open to the public from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
- From Easter to All Saints: every weekend and public holiday
- In July and August: every day except Monday
Groups are welcomed by reservation every day from Easter to All Saints' Day.


Reduced price: € 6 (Member If you are from North Isère, other ...)
Adult: 8 €
Child (7-16 years old): € 6 (From 6 to 16 years old.
Free under 6)
Large family: € 19 (Family package: 1 or 2 parents with their children, on presentation of proof)
Group adults: € 6,50.

Free for less than 6 years.
Group rate from 14 people.

Possibility to buy your ticket in advance on the site

Payment method

  • Bank / credit card
  • Cheque
  • Cash



  • Picnic area.
  • Picnic room
  • Toilets
  • Show room
  • Parking
  • Parking nearby
  • Coach parking


  • Educational visits
  • Coach access
  • Theme visit
  • Shop
  • Drop off on site for groups
  • Tourist Documentation
  • Tourist information
  • Guided tours

Activities on site

  • Children's entertainment
  • Concert
  • Temporary exhibitions
  • Evening entertainment
  • Show
  • Manual workshops


Visual impairment

Setting up by reservation (minimum 12 people) of a guided tour for the visually impaired or blind.


From Grenoble: A48 motorway, Rives exit, D520 direction Bourgoin Jallieu, at Burcin D73 direction Virieu.
From Lyon: A48 motorway towards Chambéry. La Tour du Pin exit. D17 direction Virieu.