Located in the town of Echiré, le Château du Coudray-Salbart is a jewel of medieval architecture. Built in the 13th century, it has been admirably preserved, giving it the status of best preserved fortress in Europe. With its imposing towers, ramparts and moat, this fortified castle is an impressive testimony to life in the Middle Ages. Don't miss this unique opportunity to discover one of the most beautiful castles in the Deux-Sèvres department during a captivating visit that will delight young and old alike!

The history of Château du Coudray-Salbart

Le Château du Coudray-Salbart is a medieval fortress from the 13th century, built at the heart of the struggles between the Plantagenets (kings of England) and the Capetians (kings of France). Perched on the heights of the Sèvre Niortaise, this castle is distinguished by its period architecture, very little altered, which makes it the best preserved fortress in Europe.

For years, the castle was an actor in many historical facts: in 1242, Coudray-Salbart lost its strategic importance, it then passed from hand to hand over the years to be practically left abandoned.

In 1776, a new owner took over the castle, the Count of Artois (future Charles sold in June 2000 to the Niort Urban Community for the symbolic franc.

Classified as a Historic Monument in 1952 and 1954, he is the subject of all the attention of The Association of Friends of Château du Coudray-Salbart since 1961. Created with the aim of save the castle and member of the national association “REMPART”, the association organized from 1978 to 2000 cvoluntary rescue, restitution and consolidation camps combined with excavations.

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However, a mystery reigns still on the subject of this monument: the first document which describes this building dates from 1460 while the start of construction dates back to 1202/1204.

Château du Coudray-Salbart

Château du Coudray-Salbart

6 towers make up this medieval building.

Architectural composition of the castle

  • 14 rooms in an exceptional state of conservation including 12 vaulted rooms of very varied architectural styles;
  • A powerful defense system comprising a peripheral shaft (corridor inside the curtain walls) unique in Europe;
  • 6 towers : Bois Berthier tower, double tower, Saint-Michel tower, Portal tower, Moulin tower and the big tower including 2 almond shapes ;
  • 2 courses: the lower courtyard and the upper courtyard (inner courtyard);
  • A winch drawbridge.

Visit the Château du Coudray-Salbart with the family

Hear, hear!

Le Château du Coudray-Salbart is an ideal excursion for a unique family experience. Children will love explore the towers and dungeons of the castle, while adults will enjoy the history and architecture of this well-preserved medieval building.

You will be able to walk in the gardens, to learn more about daily life in the Middle Ages and participate in cultural events organized throughout the year by the Association of Friends of Coudray-Salbart which will give you the opportunity to stroll through the courtyard of the castle to the rhythm of the medieval music, disguised, by the light of a lantern or to observe the demonstrations of knightly combat!

Château du Coudray-Salbart
Château du Coudray-Salbart

Guided tour

Discover the castle with passionate guides is the best option to know everything about the fortress which contains countless mysteries and anecdotes but also details sometimes invisible to the eyes of passing visitors!

The big meeting at Château du Coudray-Salbart

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20 July 18 August 2024

The Medieval Quintilis and Sextilis in Echiré

Echiré, Château du Coudray-Salbart
The Medieval Quintilis and Sextilis are an invitation to travel to the time of the Hundred Years' War at the Château du Coudray-Salbart. Armaments camp, trebuchet shooting, stone cutting, coin minting...: the scene is set for ladies and gentlemen to immerse themselves in this troubled era of the end of the 14th century! THE…
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Firm. Opens at 14:00 p.m.
Chemin du Château Salbart
79410 ECHIRE
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