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The only medieval fortress located in the Loire Valley, Forteresse royale de Chinon is a strategic site where you can explore several restored forts within the castle walls. Built in the 10th century, several 21st century restorations let you immerse yourself in the military and civil history of the fortress with 3-D models, interactive displays, and 150 m (492 ft) of restored ramparts.
Guided tours in English are available for an additional charge, but general admission includes a complimentary informational brochure with a map in English. Maps guide you through the interior complete with two rooms devoted to 16th to 20th century artistic works honoring Joan of Arc.
Two lower rooms present illustrations and archaeological finds from the site's excavations. Come to admire the restored royal quarters, including a 15th-century house, then be struck by the bird-eye view from the top of the castle overlooking Vienne Valley. Plan to visit Forteresse royale de Chinon and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Chinon attractions using our Chinon online trip maker.
Forteresse royale de Chinon reviews
From a distance looks impressive but on a personal note we were disappointed inside. I am not a fan of entering bare rooms and using a tablet to view how the rooms may have looked. Lots of stairs to..... more »
This is a castle with an interesting history and the ipad you are given at the entry goes some way to illustrating that. However like many digital items it has drawbacks, sunny weather being the main.... more »
Really cool experience. Nice combination of indoor and outdoor zones. Also there was a treasure hunt game for the kids to keep them entertained and interested.
One my favorite castles I’ve visited in Europe. The grounds and views alone are gorgeous. It is so nice to be able to wander the grounds and inside the castle without being led by a guide. They do not have long hours(at least in Nov.), so check before visiting because u can easily spend over an hour and half here. We were there for the golden hour, very beautiful! Also, dogs are allowed on the grounds just not inside the buildings.
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