Forteresse de Saint Vidal

The impregnable fortress of Saint-Vidal is a famous sight in the Velay region, a historic landmark and an incredible defensive site. It was the scene of many battles. The Fortress and the development project were given the European Cultural Heritage label in 2018.

Description

Saint-Vidal and French history

After a sleep of 20 years, the Saint-Vidal fortress is opening to the public again in 2019.

The Saint-Vidal gardens: there are three gardens to visit, a French-style garden, an Italian-style garden and a water garden with a pool reflecting the fortress.

Guided visits: explore the history of the fortress, its architecture and important defensive system. Come inside this age-old stone landmark and discover all its hidden secrets.
Outdoor visit
Duration: 45 minutes
Accessible from February to September, opening times vary.

Indoor visit
Duration: 45 minutes
Accessible from February to May, opening times vary.

Look up at the 30 metre-high structure and quake at the foot of the besieged fortress!

Restaurant:
Meals and refreshments are available inside the fortress.
School workshops: we organise workshops for primary and secondary schools.

Languages spoken

  • French

Themes

  • Historic patrimony
  • Military Patrimony
  • Fortified castle

Prices

Full price: 4 to 26 €
Reduced price: 4 to 23 €.

Opening

From 01/07 to 30/09/2021, daily.