Château de Kerjean

Saint-Vougay, France

The construction of Château de Kerjean began in 1670 by Louis Barbier. It is one of the most largest and glorious castles in the region. Today Kerjean is open to the public and there is a 20-hectares park surrounding the castle.

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Founded: 1670
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Graham Craw (3 years ago)
Very well set out and very interesting bit of French history. Good day out
Rick Fleuty (3 years ago)
Lovely little chateau, you could actually get in this one as well. There are several chateau in the area but they do not have websites like Britain and can be quite difficult to find the entrance as they are on private land and sat navs take you down dodgy routes. Very quiet area and not at all busy, very reasonable entrance fee ( only cost us €20). Children between 5 and 12 are usually free.
Evangelia Psalida (3 years ago)
A jewelry of Finistère
Simon Reed (3 years ago)
Fab place to visit. Really interesting for adults and kids alike. Well worth the entrance fee of €7 for adults and €1 for kids. You can well imagine the grandeur of the chateau in it's heyday and the fortifications are cool too. Easily spend half a day here.
Jacqueline White (3 years ago)
Pleasant enough for a wander around. Could be more information about the recent history of the house.
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