Visit Château de Pompadour

This little town owes it place in history to Louis XIV: in 1745, his mistress Mme Le Normant d’Étiolles was granted the marquessate of Pompadour. The establishment by Louis XV in 1761 of a stud farm which in the 19C became the birthplace of the Anglo-Arab breed, has earned Arnac-Pompadour the nickname “Horse City”. Racing fans can visit the National Stables, the Jumenterie de la Rivière (Mares’ Stables) and enjoy a host of equestrian events held over the summer.

Château de Pompadour

Horses for courses.

Rebuilt in the 15th century on the feudal motte, the Château de Pompadour was redesigned in the 18th century. It was given, in 1745, along with the title of marquise, to Louis XV’s famous mistress.

Partly destroyed during the Revolution, the château suffered a fire in the 19th century. Of the important fortress, there remains only the south wing and the outer wall. The facade, with its battlements along the walkway is flanked with pepper-pot towers. A gatehouse leads to a large terrace surrounded by moats and is flanked by seven low towers.
Today the château houses a stud farm, a royal operation in 1761 which then became a national stud in 1872.

Places to visit:

  • The castle gardens and the Marquise’s stables;
  • The Pompadour National Stud, the birthplace of the Anglo-Arab
  • The Rivière national stud, unique in France;
  • The racecourse, classified as 1st category jumping course, is one of the finest and most technical in France.

Schedules and prices

All year long :
Every day, from 09:30 to 12:00
Every day, from 13:30 to 18:00

Admission prices :
Full price : 5.5 €
Children : 4.5 €

Closed on 1 January