The English Speaking Association in the Gard

BritsNîmes is a non-profit making association of people interested in the English language.
Membership is open to individuals or families.

BritsNîmes organises regular social and cultural activities.
These are varied and designed to help people to get to know the area,
make new friends and meet local people.
Information is shared via our website, emails, monthly newsletters and Facebook.

attracts members from many nationalities.
Some have lived in the area for many years, others are recent arrivals.
The regular get togethers allow everybody to exchange experiences about life in France.

is always delighted to have new members.
By joining BritsNîmes contact with other members in English can be both a pleasure and an experience, while a helping hand when in need is always welcome.
All nationalities welcome.

Monthly Event

Monthly Event

 Visit to the Château de Grignan

Sunday May 21st 2017

 We will meet at 10.45 am at the entrance to the Château.
The one hour visit with an English speaking guide
will start at 11am.


GPS : N 44° 25' 7" - E 4° 54' 32"
Coming from the South:
Autoroute A7, exit 19 Bollène, then follow  D26 direction Montélimar.
Take a right towards les Granges Gontardes, then follow Grignan.

The Château de Grignan is one of the most remarkable castles of the Provence.
Built in Renaissance style, it stands on a wide platform on top of an isolated hill,
and its famous terraces offer a remarkable view over the area,
very appreciated by the Marquise de Sévigné.
An example of  the French Renaissance architecture and classicism,
the building has had an eventful history.
The 11th century fortified castle was transformed during the Renaissance
into a prestigious "pleasure residence" by the Adhémar family.
In the 17th century, the Marchioness of Sévigné visited 
her daughter Françoise-Marguerite, who lived at the château, several times.
In a letter dated 13th July 1689, Madame de Sévigné wrote to her daughter:
"It is even pleasant not to be tempted to leave your beautiful terraces. [...] All your views are admirable; I know the one of the Mont Ventoux. I very much like all these amphitheatres, and am persuaded, like you, that if ever the sky has some curiosities for us to see, its inhabitants will not choose another place than that one to look at them with ease, and at the same time, you will have the most magnificent one in the world, without a doubt..."

The Château was dismantled at the Revolution, then rebuilt
at the beginning of the 20th century,

Lunch venue:
restaurant L’Etable
Jeu de Ballon, 26290
 04 75 46 93 81

As the restaurant can only accommodate 20 people we propose two solutions:

Guided tour of the château plus lunch: limited to 20.
Please specify if a special diet is needed.

Members: €27  /   Guests: €33
Guided tour only: €7 for an extra 10 persons.

Registrations have to be received by May 10th
Cancellations are possible until May 14th
at the latest.

Disclaimer: Participants in BritsNîmes events do so entirely at their own risk. No responsibility is implied or taken for any inaccuracies in the itineraries. The BritsNimes event may be cancelled, the destination changed or the level of endurance altered without prior notice. By joining the BritsNîmes event all participants are deemed to have agreed to the terms and conditions contained in this disclaimer, and agreed to exonerate the BritsNimes leaders, the organisers and any other participants in the BritsNîmes event from any liabilities, claims, including but not limited to liabilities and claims as a result of any injuries or damages arising thereof.