Saint Vidal Fortress

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.


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!

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


Languages spoken

  • French


  • Military Patrimony
  • Historic patrimony
  • Fortified castle


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

Modes de paiement

  • Chèques Vacances
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Bank/credit card


From 09/04 to 30/06/2022.
Closed Monday and Tuesday.

From 01/07 to 31/08/2022, daily between 10.30 am and 7 pm.

From 01/09 to 06/11/2022.
Closed Monday and Tuesday.