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The Château de la Brède: the place of Montesquieu’s birth, to which he continued to return, staying true to his roots and to himself. An estate that he steadily expanded and carefully tended, parklands that he landscaped, a room where he would sometimes receive visitors and a library that he filled with books, from where he could look out over his beloved lands. In the chateau and its estate, both handed down to his descendants and now listed as a French historical monument, the spirit of Montesquieu and the memory of eight hundred years of history live on.


Charles-Louis de Secondat, known as Montesquieu, was born on 18 January 1689 in La Brède, the son of Jacques de Secondat and Marie-Françoise de Pesnel, from whom he inherited the barony and the Château de La Brède.



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    The Château de la Brède on TV

          Between views airlines and wings of the Castle, the program “roots and wings” on France 3 has produced a report on the Château de la Brède. Discover video below....

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    2016 restoration campaign of the Château de la Brède

    Since 2008, the Foundation Jacqueline de Chabannes, which aims to promote knowledge, conservation and development of heritage attached to the memory of Montesquieu, launched important restoration works in the domain of La Brède, both the Castle and the Park, to maintain this high place of......

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    The Château de la Brède on TV

    Watch the TV broadcast called “Visites privées” dedicated to the Château de la Brède, the first residence of Montesquieu, to learn more about the life of this illustrious man....

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    « Everything interests me, everything astonishes me » the new biography of Montesquieu by Catherine Volpilhac-Auger.

    If you thought you knew everything about Montesquieu’s life and work it was without counting the last work of Catherine Volpilhac-Auger, professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon, president of the Société Montesquieu and administrator of The Jacqueline de Chabannes Foundation. Based on her......

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    European Heritage Day 2018

    For their 2018 edition, the Château de La Brède welcomes you on the weekend of the European Heritage Days: Saturday 15 September, 10am-9pm Sunday, September 16, 10am-6.30 pm. On this occasion: Guided tours of the château are offered from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and......

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    2019 – Easter at the castle

    For Easter Monday, the Estate of La Brède will welcome you for a treasure hunt in the grove of the estate. A playful moment in family to discover the famous French writer and the century of Enlightenment....

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    2019 – The Night of the Museums at Montesquieu

    For the first time, discover the Montesquieu’s home during 4 exceptional night guided tour. On Saturday, May 18, 2019, explore the house of the philosopher and follow the guide during 4 night guided tour at 8 :00 PM ; 8 :15 PM ; 9 :15 PM and 9 :30 PM. Only......

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    2019 – Meeting at the Gardens of La Brède!

    Discover the estate of Montesquieu, which he has profoundly transformed through his research and his travels in Europe. During 3 exceptional guided tours at 16h30, follow the guide in this space of experimentation and pleasure and discover the man behind the philosopher....

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    Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22, 2019 The European Heritage Days 2019

      Walk in the footsteps of Montesquieu by exploring its 13th century family castle, fully furnished and decorated. At 4:30 pm Take the opportunity to explore these beloved La Brède lands. Inspired by these journeys, he made this domain a space of experimentation and pleasure......



The Château de la Brède is opened:

to the groups from March to December ;

to individuals from April to November.


Avenue du Château – 33650 La Brède

Tel : +33 (0)5 56 78 47 72 or +33 (0)6 43 24 55 43

E-mail :


For further information and group bookings, please contact Tourist Office Montesquieu:

3, place Marcel Vayssière – 33650 Martillac

Tel: +33 (0)5 56 78 47 72 or +33 (0)6 43 24 55 43

Fax: +33 (0)5 56 78 46 69



NB: Dogs are not allowed to enter within the Domain.


Be careful : please arrive at the Domain 10 minutes before the visit starts as there is some walk from the entrance of the Domain to the castle itself.


For further details, please click on the button below.

During the European Heritage Days on September 21 & 22, 2019, the Domain will exceptionally be opened from 10 am to 6 pm (please see “Prepare your visit”)

Check timetables


During the Rendez-vous aux Jardins (June 7-9 , 2019), entrance tickets to the Park or the Castle will enable you to attend the guided tour of the Park at 4:30 pm.

The access to the Park is free during the European Heritage Days (September 21-22, 2019) ; prices of guided tours are also adapted.

Prices - Chateau de la Brede 2018


Château de la Brède

Avenue du Château – 33650 La Brède

GPS coordinates

Latitude : 44.677183 / / Longitude : -0.539888

To access to the castle by bus:


Take the tram (line B) which connects Bordeaux to Talence.


Take the bus line n° 502 – stop Avenue Capdevielle to la Brède.

21 minutes from the Bordeaux Saint Jean train station.

35 minutes from Bordeaux airport.