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Participate in the building of Guédelon castle

Participate in the building of Guédelon castle

Would you like to experience castle-building at first hand?


Castle-building courses are available for adults with a means of transport at their disposition (different conditions apply for groups). No specific skills are required - only a positive attitude, a desire to learn and support for our venture. French is the main language spoken on site;  for safety reasons, it is important to speak fluent French.


Please note that places on our courses are limited: you should not come to the site to work until you have received confirmation that your application has been successful.

Spending time at Guédelon is an opportunity to:


- Find out more about heritage and conservation by helping build a castle with reference to defined archaeological models;

- Take part in a unique venture alongside other enthusiasts;

- Join the Guédelon team and experience daily life on the construction site;

- Benefit from the experience of the team in order to learn more about 13th-century building techniques.


The construction site is in the middle of a forest, 6km from the nearest village (Saint-Sauveur) and 30km from the nearest railway station (Cosne-sur-Loire). You must come with a means of transport, as no public transport runs to, or from, the site. For insurance reasons Guédelon's workers can, under no circumstance,

                                                                            provide transport for course participants.

The different courses available:

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Individuals (Master builder course = Les Bâtisseurs)


The course runs for a minimum of 4 days and a week maximum.  For safety reasons, unaccompanied minors cannot be accepted on the master builder course.



Download: Application form for 2015 courses: (PDF - 333 Ko)

Professional work placement (Les stagiaires)


This course is designed for students as part of their professional training.  Guédelon is a certified heritage skills training centre: we consider applications from French-speaking work experience students for periods ranging from one week up to a month.



Download: Work experience application form (PDF - 326 Ko)

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Groups accompanied by teacher

This course is aimed at groups of students accompanied by their teacher/course leader (who must speak French fluently). The group size - including tutors - must not exceed 10 people if fluent French-speakers, 4 people if only basic French. The course runs for a minimum of 3 days and a week maximum.  All participants must be at least 18 years of age. 


If you are interested or require any further information:

Write to:

Download: more information on how to apply for a place on a Master-Builder course (PDF - 305 Ko)


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Guédelon is open!

The site re-opened its doors on March 16th.

You will find full details of our dates and opening times here on our website.

We look forward to welcoming you this season to watch the work in progress, notably the building of the castle's final cross-rib vault in the chapel tower, but also the working watermill and the exhibition on hydraulic power in the Middle Ages..




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de Guédelon

D955 89520 TREIGNY
tél. 03 86 45 66 66

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