Forteresse royale de Chinon, Loire Valley

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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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  • We visited the fortress in August. It was a great time and got benefited from outdoor complex as well as entertainment for children (test of couillard and trebuchet, discovery on the side of mesh and other medieval clothes.). The team of the fortress is very friendly. We really liked the site and children too :) we would stay again if we lived not so far!
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  • A large and beautiful site. A temporary exhibition on the seats in the middle age very interesting as well as videos enriching multimedia on the history of the place.
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  • Basically, a ruined castle (rocks) with several parts repaired. More interesting is the video recreations of past events and displays to engage the adults & kids. Views to the south overlooking the Vi...  more »
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  • The views are amazing and the staff were incredibly friendly. We showed up without much time before they closed and they still permitted us and gave us a chance to see a few things that were about to close. You can go up to the very top of the towers and to the edge of many of the ramparts. It was a great visit and, if you speak French, there were a lot of fun kid-friendly installments. Great boutique and very clean layout. 10/10 would recommend.
  • We spent a wonderful 4hrs in this place. 8€50 to get in including a tour - ours was in English and only had 4 Brits on it so it was like a personal tour. The guide (Isobel) was brill, informative, enthusiastic - she knew her stuff but made it good fun too. Lots to see, you can get involved in the practical firing of the trebuchon mock-ups or laze away under a shady tree in one of the many deck-chairs dotted around. The cafe serves a good selection of snack-type foods and was reasonably priced. Great way to spend a day!
  • Excellent castle with lots for younger children to see and do. The tablet guide was definitely worth the extra €3
  • Interesting as a break from classic castle visits. This military fortress actually saw a lot of war and, as a consequence, there isn't much left standing. Still, a great place for kids.
  • Impressive piece of history, well maintained, amazing view. We visited during 2017 Attack Theme, which provided some interactive information. Facilities were convinient and organized. English well supported.

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