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Forteresse royale de Chinon, Chinon

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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.
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  • An afternoon visit to this historic site was worthwhile. A great place for kids and adults alike. Lots of towers to climb, there are complimentary tours in various languages. Alinor of Acquitane... 
    An afternoon visit to this historic site was worthwhile. A great place for kids and adults alike. Lots of towers to climb, there are complimentary tours in various languages. Alinor of Acquitane...  more »
  • We visited the Forteresse Royale de Chinon there was so much to see, you were able to explore many areas that are normally not accessible to the public. We enjoyed the handheld devices that gave you....  more
    We visited the Forteresse Royale de Chinon there was so much to see, you were able to explore many areas that are normally not accessible to the public. We enjoyed the handheld devices that gave you....  more »
  • Not only is this a beautiful chateau (remains of), it’s a really good place to visit. Lots to see, towers to climb up and down, fantastic viewpoints. As part of the visit, you are given a ‘Histopad... 
    Not only is this a beautiful chateau (remains of), it’s a really good place to visit. Lots to see, towers to climb up and down, fantastic viewpoints. As part of the visit, you are given a ‘Histopad...  more »
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  • A very nice place overlooking the ancient town. They have an histopad with really helps during the visit. But you have a lot stairs, towers and dungeons to climb up and down. So visit take 1-2 hours. Luckly there is a nice resting area in the middle.
  • Great place to visit, lovely view , and nice chairs in the grass to rest under the trees once you finish your tour. There is audio tablet you can get at the entrance, and small discount if you been to Azay-le-Ridaeu Chateau before and have the tickets.
  • A must visit. Beautiful castle. A interactive tablet is given to you upon entry. Fun for kids
  • Awesome medieval castle, lots of it restored but the clocktower which is really impressive. Great views of the valley, tons of historical displays. They got this augmented reality tablet, fascinating. Nice gifts at the shop too. Loved the historical accounts from this place. Learned a lot. Here is where Joan of Arc had the legendary first meeting with the King of France for the first time.
  • Great castle to visit to start with the rich history of France . Historama tablet is a great add value given visitors a real new experience .

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