Palais des Papes is the biggest Gothic palace in all of Europe, with 15,000 sq m (50,000 sq ft) of floor space. This was the residence of the sovereign pontiffs in the 14th century, and is today one of UNESCO's world heritage sites. Visit the chapels, cloister, ceremonial halls, and the Pope's private apartments, decorated with priceless frescoes. The Musée de l'Oeuvre within the palace describes the development and history of the building. To visit Palais des Papes on your holiday in Avignon, and find out what else Avignon has to offer, use our Avignon trip itinerary builder tool .
Tours to Palais des Papes
Avignon Walking Tour Including Skip-the-Line Entrance to the Pope's Palace BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $63
Duration: 3 hours
Best of Provence Day Trip from Marseille: Avignon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Les Baux de Provence BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $148
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
Palais des Papes Reviews
Visite très ludique avec les tablettes. Ideal pour imaginer le palais au temps d’avant. La tablette permet d’avoir toutes les informations essentielles et de comprendre ou on se trouve avec les commen... more »Very playful visit with the tablets. Ideal to imagine the palace in the time before. The tablet allows you to have all the essential information and to understand where you are with the comments in each room.
Je l'ai fait deux fois. Une première professionnellement. Entièrement privé !! J'avais eu le privilège de visiter des salles que les particuliers ne peuvent visiter. La visite particulier est aussi in... more »I've done it twice. A first professionally. Completely private!! I had the privilege of visiting rooms that individuals cannot visit. The special visit is also interesting with the tablets and interactive mode. Children (young !!!) enjoy visiting the museum !!! Don't forget to go up to the café to enjoy the view.
A beautiful landmark to tour. The AR experience provided with easy to carry tablets makes it easy to imagine how the palace may have felt when it was inhabited and filled with dining guests. The stairs may be difficult for less mobile guests to navigate, but the grounds are still impressive even if you are not able to explore all of the nooks and crannies. There is a small coffee shop on the top providing a beautiful view and opportunity to rehydrate.
The AR experience was not something I enjoyed too much. I can see smaller children really enjoying it but I prefer to have a live tour guide. I found myself looking at the tablet more than the actual place. Unfortunately the castle itself was fairly empty as the AR was most of the exhibit. There were a few cool things to look at or read but not as much as I’d like. Wasn’t for me personally but I’m sure a lot of other people would enjoy it.
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