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Forteresse royale de Chinon, Loire Valley

(3.9/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
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. Use our Chinon trip generator to visit Forteresse royale de Chinon on your trip to Chinon, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This site is really worth the detour but the question I still ask myself: why this site is found in the section "Games and entertainment in the Valley" of the Loire and not in activities of Chinon? I didn't know this city and I did a search through the activities of Chinon on Tripadvisor without "falling on" (she is not a party); I'm so not interested. Arriving in front of the imposing fortress, she seduced us, we visited him and we had a very nice time because there are some great things to see. All with excellent +++
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  • A beautiful space, very well staged to make the really interesting visit. Original ride.
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  • We went there to visit and we were pleasantly surprised by the reception (we arrived shortly before closing and we were allowed to return the next day with the same tickets), the site and the visit with the little book.
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  • The castle is gorgeous and the explanation of the castle is clear and detailed. Worth visiting!
  • Brilliant. The guide books and interactive boards together with the videos in the Royal rooms really bring the history of this Castle to life, from Henry II to Richard the Lionheart and King John through to Joan of Arc. The deck chairs on the lawns, mean you can enjoy the sun, recharge your batteries before looking at the next bit. The tea rooms have lots of outdoor space and are very reasonable.
  • Nice castle but not the best in the Loire valley
  • Over restored with very few articles or history of interest. Particularly poor when compared to the chateaux in the region, though this is a castle/fortress with a longer history, very little of this is apparent from the exhibits.
  • A Disgrace. My wife, who was born nearby, and I have been visiting the Chateau de Chinon since 1967. In December, 2014, I went to the chateau with our daughters and three friends, expecting great things after the massive renovation of the chateau. Instead we found bare rooms, with occasional media screens and short films so pathetic that we laughed at them. Those who go searching for the magic of Henry II or Joan of Arc will come away completely disappointed. We asked ourselves, are those responsible ignorant or lazy? This is a disgraceful presentation of a great French historical monument. My wife and I are both French citizens and we know our country can do better than this.