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Filming in the Château

The majestic setting of the château and Domaine National de Compiègne offers a vast array of possibilities as a location not only for historical films, contemporary films and dramas but also for documentaries and advertising.

For information or to request a quote, contact:

Patricia Duronsoy
Events and Private Functions Manager
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A unique choice of backdrops

Whether you’re looking for intimate interiors, hidden passages, vaulted cellars, cosy boudoirs, private or royal apartments, ballrooms, a chapel...

Whether you’re looking for a shaded arbour in the park or stunning views towards the forest of Compiègne, the Château de Compiègne and its park offer an unrivalled variety of backdrops !


The park

In the heart of the city of Compiègne, the 20 hectare ‘English’ park offers a 4 kilometre perspective on the forest.

© Château de Compiègne / Marc Poirier
© Château de Compiègne / Marc Poirier
The castle

A neo-classical château (late 18th century)
200 metres of façade, a surface area of 55,000 m², 1,337 rooms, one hundred stairs, eight interior courtyards, secret passages and hidden doors, vaulted cellars...

© Château de Compiègne / Marc Poirier
© Château de Compiègne / Marc Poirier
The Reception Areas and the Royal and Imperial Appartments

Open for filming Tuesdays and evenings

With a unique set of late 18th-century décors from the First and Second Empires, the Imperial Apartments encompass some twenty exceptional rooms (40m² to 500m²).

© Château de Compiègne / Marc Poirier
© Château de Compiègne / Marc Poirier
The Apartments of the King of Rome and the prince’s chamber

Open for filming daily, daytime and evening

Adjacent to the Imperial Apartments, these twenty rooms afford a view over the park, the main courtyard and the town of Compiègne.

Behind the scenes

Open for filming daily, daytime and evening

The Theatre, Napoleon I’s private apartment, the Guest Apartments, the cellars, etc. These rooms, closed to the public, are available for filming.

© Château de Compiègne / Marc Poirier
© Château de Compiègne / Marc Poirier

The Museums

Ask for availability.

The Museum of the Second Empire and the Empress (20 rooms – 900 m²) offer the cosy atmosphere of a suite of small salons, evoking court life in Compiègne under Napoleon III.
The rooms of the National Museum of the Vehicle (26 rooms, a covered courtyard – 2,000m² – 170 vehicles) are also available.

© Château de Compiègne / Marc Poirier
© Château de Compiègne / Marc Poirier


Filming made easy

A central location

  • 40 minutes from Paris Gare du Nord by train
  • 40 minutes from Charles de Gaulle Airport by car
  • 1 hour from Paris by car : A1 motorway, exit n°9 Compiègne Sud
  • In the centre of the town and close to shops, hotels and restaurants.
  • On the edge of the forest of Compiègne, the third largest forest in France.

Logistics facilities and a team at your disposal

  • enclosed courtyards to store equipment, sets, dressing rooms, canteen
  • An apartment-dressing room + make-up room, in the Governor's Apartment
  • Parkings

Adapted rates

The Château de Compiègne will draw up a quote for provision of these historic spaces, according to the nature of the shoot (film, advertising, documentary, etc.), the number of days and the filming schedule.


They’ve filmed here

Features films

1971 : The Married Couple of the Year Two – Jean-Paul Rappeneau
1994 : Queen Margot – Patrice Chéreau
2002 : Napoléon – Yves Simoneau
2005 : Calvacade – Steve Suissa
2005 : Les trois Mousquetaires - Jānis Cimermanis
2005 : Palais royal – Valérie Lemercier
2006 : On a volé la Joconde – Fabrizio Costa
2013 : Manon Lescaut - Gabriel Aghion
2018 : Dark Stories – Guillaume Lubrano
2019 : La Comédie Humaine – Xavier Giannoli


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