Tourism and Culture

Tourism et culture


The castle

Château life for all !

Guided tour of the Château of the National Stud

Discover a castle of Lower-Normandy


Would you like to discover a castle in Basse-Normandie? The visit of the castle of Haras du Pin should seduce you. This tour allows you to discover the life of a castle in the countryside, built in the Enlightenment. Its history has been punctuated by that of the Haras du Pin, equestrian trophies of horses born on the domain of the Pin at the salons where animal paintings rub shoulders with superb tapestries of the seventeenth century. A castle that continues to live with the first guests welcomed royally, visitors. A castle in Normandy that can be visited to discover the other side of the scenery of the castle life.

Guided tours of the castle take place every Thursday and Friday in the late morning or early afternoon in July / August. Tours of the castle are possible all year round for groups (from 20 people) upon reservation.

Tarifs 2017


Individuals Groups*
Adults 10,50€ 9,50€
Student/Pupil 10 years & more 8€ 7€
Child under 10 years 6€ 5€

* 20 persons or more. One complimentary ticket per 20 paying visitors.

Le castle of Bourg Saint Léonard

The quietness of a castle in the country

In an English park surrouned by a 160 acres forest, the château du Bourg-Saint-Léonard offers its neo-classic architecture to this beautiful green setting.

The Age of Enlightenment

The baron Jules-David de Cromot built this castle during the 18th century.
Typical example of a courtier castle in the country, it is the perfect expression of the Age of Enlightenment : architecture, furniture.

From beauty to comfort of Louis XV and Louis XVI furniture and other accessoiries and objets d'art

Talking in the "à la reine" armchairs, cooling the bottles in the refreshing vase, playing "tric-trac", dozing in the wing chairs... in the pleasant rooms covered with tapestries.







The art of living in the 18th century: Luxury and pleasure



A feast in honor of Marie Antoinette, the welcome of the poet Florian, the social life of the Cromot was very open. Public rooms to receive, with the dining room, the lounges, furniture that lends itself to conversation.

Guided tours of the castle (1h):

May, June and September: all afternoons of Weekend and holidays. The castle is also open for the European Heritage Days on 16 and 17 September 2017.

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Tours of the castle are possible every day from 8 July to 31 August from 14.30 to 17.30 (check in 1 hour before closing time).

Group visits are possible all year round for groups (from 20 people) on reservation.over

Fees 2017

Individual Groups*
Adults 5€ 4€
Student/Pupil 10 years & more 4€ 3€
Child under 10 years 3€ 2,50€

* à partir de 20 personnes. Nous accordons une gratuité pour 20 personnes payantes.

Men of all trades

Come and visit the training centre of the National Stud, the harness room, the forge or the horses running free in the paddocks! This varied horse world beckons you in, from the dizzy smell of leather to the sound of the forge, from an exceptional equestrian lesson to the horses prancing in the pastures of “Le Pin” estate, providing a wonderful concentration of expertise, on show just for you!

Visit to the French National Stud training centre :


The professional National Stud training school was created in the 19th Century for the purpose of training officers of the National Stud. It has since developed into the National Stud institution’s training centre, proposing various courses to students and professionals alike, each one leading to a recognised qualification, notably in the area of breeding techniques (e.g. artificial insemination, ultrasound, transfer of embryos, etc.) or in that of rearing horses (e.g. foaling, feed and rations, pasture management), not forgetting the equestrian techniques (driving, starting and training young horses. etc.) and the traditional trades of the equine sector (harness-maker, farrier, amongst others).


Open to visit from 3 to 5 p.m. : every Monday from 6th July through to 31th August 2015.

Visit to Blacksmith''s forge :


 true auxiliary to the veterinarian, the farrier is able to make a horseshoe out of a strip of metal and to nail it to the horse’s hoof with his usual care and expertise.  This shoe serves to protect the hoof, enabling the horse to work out and develop its qualities depending on the use of the breed, from the aluminium shoe for racehorses to the grooved shoe for show jumpers (sport horse).


Open to visit from 2.30 to 4.30 p.m: every Tuesday from 7th July through to 25th August 2015 (dates can be changed)

Visit to the saddlery:

How to make a saddle or a harness for a carriage horse?  Working the leather necessitates the use of noble tools having such suggestive names as the round knife or the padding stick, amongst others.  Inside his atelier, oozing in that unforgettable leather smell and the traditional atmosphere of a craft that continues on for the best in the horse world, you will gain a brief insight into the harness-maker’s expertise and his knowledge of the horse.


Open to visit from 3 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday from 8th July to 26th August 2015.  

Entry fees : 4 € per adult/student and 3 € par child.

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Haras National du Pin
61310 Le Pin au Haras

Phone : +33 (0)2 33 36 68 68