Historic site and monument

Allymes Castle

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Mental disability adaptation

Hearing impaired adaptation

Visually impaired adaptation

Perched on the foothills of Bugey, the Château des Allymes watches over the town. Model of medieval military architecture, first Dauphinois, then Savoyard. Towers, dungeon and curtain walls have survived the centuries and invite you to discover the place.

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The castle of Allymes consists of two parts, the upper courtyard formed by the four curtain walls connecting the square tower (donjon) to the round tower (watchtower) and the lower courtyard of which there remains the large fortification wall and a small tower lookout, ruined. Classified as a historical monument in 1960, the Château des Allymes was saved from ruin and opened to the public since 1966.

Hosted by the association of Friends of the Château des Allymes and René de Lucinge, it now hosts within its walls a permanent exhibition devoted to its history and temporary exhibitions, such as the Lego® and Playmobil® exhibition to be found every year. . Concerts, conferences and storytelling or evening visits are offered from time to time.
The castle has been owned by the City of Ambérieu since 1984.
Visit and documentation in English possible.


    • Historical patrimony
    • Chateau fort


  • Historic site and monument

Adapted tourism

  • Adapted services for hearing loss
  • Adapted benefits for mental impairment
  • Adapted services for visual impairment
  • Not wheelchair accessible

Proposed activities

  • Temporary exhibitions
  • Live Drama
  • Show
  • Concert
  • Children's entertainment


Spoken languages

  • English


  • Educational visits
  • Coach access
  • Tourist Documentation
  • Tourist information
  • Reservation of services
  • Guided tours


  • Parking
  • Free parking
  • Parking nearby
  • Coach parking
  • Picnic area.
  • Toilets

Customer base

Minimum age: 6
Maximum group size: 18


Free visit: 6€ (adult) / 3€ (child 4-18 years old)
Guided tour with accompanied climb to the dungeon: €9 (adult) / €5 (child - not before 8 years old)
Reduced price: 3€ (student, person with a disability, looking for a job... on presentation of proof).
Free for children under 4 years old

With the Pass' Découvertes de l'Ain 3 days: 1 free adult entry
With the annual Discovery Pass: 1 adult entry at -30% all year round

Payment method

  • Cheque
  • Bank / credit card
  • Cash
  • Classic Holiday Vouchers
  • Contactless payment


In May-June & September:
Monday to Friday from 13:30 p.m. to 18 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (and public holidays) from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 13:30 p.m. to 19 p.m.

In July and August: Every day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 30 p.m. to 13 p.m. (including public holidays).

In April & October*: every day (including public holidays) from 13 p.m. to 30 p.m.

*Autumn, winter and Christmas school holidays (zone A)
Every day from 13:30 p.m. to 18 p.m.
Exceptional closings on January 1 and December 25.

In January, February* (excluding winter holidays), March and November-December* (excluding Christmas period): Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 13 p.m. to 30 p.m. (including public holidays)

Advice from the Office

In case of rain

Do not panic ! Here are all our sheltered activities.

On the way back

To bring back a souvenir or something to treat yourself, stock up on local products from Pérouges in Bugey.