Welcome to Guédelon where a team of master builders is building a 13th-century castle from scratch using only the techniques and materials used in the Middle Ages. Quarrymen, stonemasons, woodcutters, carpenter-joiners, blacksmiths, tile makers, carters, basket makers and rope makers are working together to revive heritage craft skills and to shed light on the world of medieval construction. Meet the basket makers who weave strong wicker baskets for transporting materials; discover the art of preparing pigments for the castle’s mural paintings and the medieval method for minting coins. At Guédelon, you can see more than eleven different crafts at work, spread across ten hectares; over a dozen rooms have already been built, or are being built, in which you can admire the fruit of the team’s labour. You can also visit a working flour mill, an exhibition on water mills and hydraulic power in the Middle Ages
unguided tour of Guédelon: English guide-book in hand, visit the medieval construction site at your own pace! The castle and the construction crafts Step back in time and experience a castle as it would have been in the Middle Ages: admire the roof timbers in the Great Hall; try the stone window seats for size; look out onto the giant treadwheel crane hoisting loads onto the castle walls; climb the newly completed spiral staircase to the vaulted chapel; walk along the stone battlements. Visit the quarrymen, stonemasons, blacksmiths, rope makers, carters and monnayers. Learn about the challenges they face working with medieval technology. The woodland crafts village In the forest the woodsmen and carpenter-joiners swing mighty axes to square up massive oak beams; watch wool being dyed in copper vats and ochre being crushed into powdered pigments. At the tile makers, clay is dug from the forest floor before being fired in the medieval wood-fired kiln. Learn about basketry and tile making, wander through the medieval vegetable garden. The woodland village is also home to sheep, geese, pigs…as well as the working horses. The miller and the hydraulic water mill Experience the sights and sounds of a working medieval watermill. Take a woodland path to Guédelon’s working replica of a 12th-century flour mill. The miller will explain how flour was made, and what it was used for, in the Middle Ages. The mill is approx. 500m from the construction site and is open at different times throughout the season. The mill may close exceptionally in extreme weather conditions. Allow a minimum of 4h to visit. booking is recommended.