This Tudor-style castle is steeped in history
Located between Calais and Le Touquet and home to the Entente Cordiale Cultural Centre, the Château d'Hardelot stands at the crossroads of the French and British cultures.
Behind its characteristic nineteenth century architecture and interior, the story of this Franco-British history unfolds. From the dining-room to the smoking room, the library to the private apartments and along the pathways and groves of the Tudor gardens, Franco-British people and monarchs mingle in every space. William the Conqueror, Henry the VIII, Napoleon Bonaparte, Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II all rub shoulders with the extraordinary owners of the Château : Henry Guy, Sir John Hare, Sir John Robinson Whitley and the mysterious Abbé Bouly, in an amusing display of national treasures.
The castle has been fully restored for the public to explore and enjoy. It is surrounded by a vast nature reserve, Condette Marsh, containing wetland, grassland and meadows. There are over 300 plant species and 80 types of birds, making it a diverse day out.
This summer will see the opening of an Elizabethan theatre designed by architect Andrew Todd. Approved by Her Majesty the Queen in June 2014, during her latest state visit to Paris, this 400 seat modern « Globe » will host a high quality programme of artistic events throughout the year.
Fashion in the reign of Queen Victoria: exhibition from 17 September to 31 December 2016
Getting there and around
Only 40 minute drive from the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Calais Terminal.
1 rue de la Source
Tel: +33 (0)3 21 21 73 65
Book your journey
Open all year round, Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm.