Chateau de Loches, Loches

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Constructed in the 11th century, Chateau de Loches is visible today as ruins only. The building is exemplary of military architecture of the Norman period. Built 500 m (1,600 ft) above the Indre River, the huge castle is famous for its massive square keep. Come to view the interesting layout with each floor consisting of a single room surrounded by stone walls measuring 23.3 by 15.4 sq m (76 x 51 sq ft) with walls 2.8 m (9 ft 2 in) thick. For Chateau de Loches and beyond, use our Loches trip planner to get the most from your Loches vacation.
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  • I was really disappointed with my visit. Having visited lots of other chateaux in the region I was expecting something similar. Unfortunately not. Entrance fee 13E Got you in and also to the... 
    I was really disappointed with my visit. Having visited lots of other chateaux in the region I was expecting something similar. Unfortunately not. Entrance fee 13E Got you in and also to the...  more »
  • This was our second visit to Loches we love all the restaurants cafes and bars in the town The river that runs through it is a nice place to just sit and watch the world go by Loches has some lovely.....  more
    This was our second visit to Loches we love all the restaurants cafes and bars in the town The river that runs through it is a nice place to just sit and watch the world go by Loches has some lovely.....  more »
  • Lovely city visited on a Sunday a stroll around the market then off to explore the Palais Royale , the dungeon and then a meal high in the town with great views. 
    Lovely city visited on a Sunday a stroll around the market then off to explore the Palais Royale , the dungeon and then a meal high in the town with great views.  more »
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  • This castle is absolutely worth a visit. Grab a tablet at the entrance to get some extra information on the rooms and locations. It wil give a nice twist to your visit, including a treasure hunt for childeren. Great view over Loches from the tower. Mind your step though! Some of the old staircases are very narrow. Fair price which also includes acces to the kings lodges up ahead.
  • Beautiful castle complex. You have to pay 1 ticket to be able to enter both the Donjon Fortress and the Logis Royal Castle, other than that you can roam around for free around the medieval styled city and garden. The ticket is definitely worth to pay, while exploring the Donjon Fortress they'll give you a tablet called Histopad intstalled with a very interactive application to help you explore the fortress, with Histopad your experience feels like a treasure hunt (good for kids and adventurous people!) Prepare to take a lot of staircases and to walk a lot.
  • Very well presented, great tour using the ipads available. The keep isn’t for those afraid of heights!
  • A visit to the donjon is a must, excellent little museum rich with history, and a great place to escape the heat in the cool cellars.
  • I was really disappointed with my visit. Having visited lots of other chateaux in the region I was expecting something similar. Unfortunately not. Entrance fee 13E got you in and also to the dungeons. My main issue was not being able to read about most of the things on view. You may say, it's in France so expect explanations in French!? However when we came out we were told about an app we could gave downloaded before entering that would have explained everything. Surely the lady taking our money (who had a badge on saying she spoke English) could have mentioned it? Even if she had pointed to some written document that we could have read before going in. Anyway, it was very sparsely furnished and only a few rooms you could go in. The dungeons were really just ruins but you got a feel on just how big and deep these must have been all those years ago. So, yes I was disappointed. There are many more chateaux to visit for the same price that are far more attractive and interesting.

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