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Chateau Royal de Blois, Blois
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With several wings to explore, Chateau Royal de Blois is sure to peek your curiosity about everything from archaeological texts from the Middle Ages to the massive collection of restored murals. Discover French architecture from the Middle Ages to the 17th century, then visit the chamber of secrets, whispered to be Catherine de Médici's secret hiding place for poisons.

As the residence of several French kings, in 1429, the Archbishop of Reims blessed Joan of Arc before she departed with her army to drive the English from Orléans. Your visit is complete with an audio tour, in English available for download to your mp3 player, of the on-site Museum of Fine Arts. It is located in the royal apartments of François I and the Louis XII wing and contains more than 30,000 works. To visit Chateau Royal de Blois on your trip to Blois, use our Blois itinerary maker.
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  • A nice place to visit. ... a little reminder of my history class. .. too bad we did not have the Sun...
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  • The only Castle of the Val de loir in Group four times. Unusual and very harmonious architecture. Nice guide very available to the different questions.
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  • We visited this castle tour; the guide was rude, condescending and boring; no anecdote... this gentleman is wrong job: having knowledge is very well, able to convey them, it is better too bad then that this castle is beautiful and deserves better than that. In addition, visit no load because it must last an hour. Of course, we can repeat parts by us even but this is not the same. On the other hand, good point: same price visit guided or not, has this time, after the holidays, few people so this is very nice to visit. I "would come back to see the illuminations on the facades.
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  • The town is nice, there is a good view on the roofs of old town from the walls of the castle. The castle is a combination of several architectural styles. Exterior is more interesting than interior. Lots of bedrooms with beds, chimneys and tapestries. Rather boring. The house of magic is interesting.
  • The chateau is right in the center of Blois, only a 7 minute walk from the train station, which is good and bad. Bad because it's hard to get a good view of its exterior from different angles. Good because Blois is a good base for visiting several other castles. Every Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday there is a "castle loop line" bus that starts from the train station, and stops at four castles and one camp site: Blois, Chambord, Bracieux (camp site, no castle), Cheverny, and Beauregard. With good planning the four castles can be visited in one day, with about 2 hours at each one.
  • Lovely and free for locals. The light show is amazing! Always take the light show, you won't regret it.
  • Loved the castle. It is special with the different architecture for each wing and its beautiful stairs
  • This is the first castle tht we visited along the river. The castle itself is in good condition with many historical items keep inside.