Château de Ferney, Voltaire’s refuge

Houses of Illustrious

Bons plans

Free guided tour for EU citizens under 25 (individuals).
Excellence label for the castle: sites with the "Maisons des Illustres" label are above all villas, estates, workshops, laboratories and museums, many of which are historical monuments. The "Maisons des Illustres" label is granted to Houses that guarantee a cultural programme of excellence, suitable for all audiences.


among the park’s ancient trees


It was here in this chateau in Ferney, near Geneva, that Voltaire took refuge back in 1759. He was known as the “innkeeper of Europe”, as he invited some of the most important people of the time here. This is where he spent the last 20 years of his life.
The chateau is listed as one of the “Houses of the Famous” (Maison des Illustres), and although it is usually open to the public, it will be closed for major renovation works until 2018.

An unmissable attraction on the doorstep of Geneva

François-Marie Arouet, known as Voltaire, completely rebuilt this chateau and landscaped the park, never afraid to get his hands dirty. Entrepreneur-cum-sponsor, he also developed the town of Ferney, true to his humanist values. This became the meeting place of guests from all over Enlightened Europe. On top of his work ‘Treatise on Tolerance’, Voltaire wrote almost 6,000 letters here.

Discover the legacy left by Voltaire on the town of Ferney-Voltaire, Ain.

A lovely stroll through a lovely park

Due to renovation works taking place at the chateau, visitors can currently access the park and gift shop only , which are open throughout the year.

Guided tours offer the visitor a chance to explore the grounds and admire the different architectural features, such as the orangery, the chapel and the many statues. An original way to learn about Voltaire’s life, the history of the estate and the restoration works taking place.



Practical information

Opening hours

From 01/01 to 31/12, daily between 10 am and 5 pm.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.


From 10/02 to 23/06/2024
Full price: 15 €
Reduced price: 13.50 €
Group adults: 13.50 €
Group children: 6 €
Set price group adults: from 250 €
Set price group children: 20 to 90 €.

From 24/06 to 31/12/2024
Full price: 9 €
Reduced price: 7.50 €
Group adults: 7.50 €
Group children: 6 €
Set price group adults: from 250 €
Set price group children: 20 to 90 €.

Free entry for children < 26 years, press, accompanying guides, the drivers, Job-seeker, teachers, disabled people and accompanying persons.
Group rate available for > 20 people.

Services and amenities

  • Wi-fi


  • Picnic area
  • Lift

Payment methods

  • Bank/credit card
  • Chèques Vacances


  • Children's entertainment

Languages spoken


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“Chateau currently closed but grounds worth a visit”

“The Chateau de Voltaire is a beautiful property. The building will be closed for three years for restoration. But a visit of the Parc and the bookshop is definitely worth it. Entrance is free. The shop has the most important publications in French and English by Voltaire and his contemporaries. Fun gifts as well. Guided tours available on request.” – Reviewed 25th January 2016 by Chambesy

“Go for the Easter Egg Hunt!”

“The Chateau is wonderful. I am looking forward to the renovation. Meanwhile, go to the park when it is open for concerts. If you have young children, the Easter Egg Hunt is lovely.” – Reviewed 19th  February 2017 by D0meisen

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Mis à jour le 22 mai 2024 à 13:01
par Office de Tourisme du Pays de Gex

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