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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......



The Château de la Brède is opened from March to November :


Avenue du Château – 35650 La Brède

Tel : +33 (0) 5 56 78 47 72

E-mail :


For all information and reservations for groups, please contact Montesquieu Tourist Office:

3, place Marcel Vayssière – 33 650 Martillac

Tel: +33 (0) 5 56 78 47 72

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



NB: dogs are not allowed to enter the area.


Individuals are welcomed between Easter and November, 11.

Groups are welcomed every day except Tuesday from March, 1 to December, 31. 

In low season , the Domain is opened from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, every weekends and holidays – and during the spring holidays of the Academy of Bordeaux, every day except Tuesday.

In high season (June-September) , the Domain is opened from 10:00 am, every weekends and in July – August, every day except Tuesday .

The castle tour itself is necessarily guided. Departures are organized every hour or, between June and September, every half hour.


Be careful : entrance to the castle is within 10 minutes before the start of your visit (there must be some walking between the entrance area and the castle).


For more details , click below to access the detailed agenda .


Check timetables


Visits of the park, excluding guided tour, is € 2.50. It is free for children under 10 yo and for visitors who bought a guided tour ticket.

The “Bordeaux Métropole CityPass” entitles you to group prices.

The access to the park is free during the European Heritage Days (17 and 18 September 2016).

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Château de la Brède

Avenue du Château – 35650 La Brède

GPS coordinates

North latitude: 44 ° 40′ 53.328 ‘ / / West Longitude: 0 ° 31’ 39.91 “

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.