Trip Planner:   Europe  /  France  /  Centre-Val de Loire  /  Loire Valley  /  Historic Sites  /  Forteresse royale de Chinon

Forteresse royale de Chinon, Loire Valley

3.9
#1 of 16 in Fun & Games in Loire Valley
Castle Historic Site
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.
Create an itinerary including Forteresse royale de Chinon

(Chinon is the nearest city to Forteresse royale de Chinon)

map

Plans in Loire Valley by other users

17 days in France BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 48 days in France BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, romantic, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 43 days in France BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Centre-Val de Loire BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, romantic, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 6 days in Tours & Gauteng BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA July, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in La Rochelle, Tours & Foix BY A USER FROM SPAIN July, culture, romantic, historic sites, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 21 days in France BY A USER FROM TUNISIA August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Loire Valley BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND October, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: October, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in France BY A USER FROM CROATIA August, romantic, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in France BY A USER FROM ROMANIA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in France BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 10 days in Loire Valley & Aix-en-Provence BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans

Plan your trip to Loire Valley

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Chinon

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
686 reviews
Google
3.9
  • Expansive fortress on the top of the hill, used mostly as a fortress and castle but it is mostly ruins with some clever spaces. Not quite top notch...but interesting.  more »
  • We dropped into Chinon late one afternoon, about an hour before closing, and managed to race round and see everything, take photos of ourselves in each of the 'Kights of the Round Table' cut-outs, and...  more »
  • One of the mist enjoyable castles in France. Site of so many battles and sieges. Many exhibits covering the major events bring this castle to life. Just an amazing afternoon for a history buff.  more »
Google
  • 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.
  • Very nice place to visit. Guided tours are very well organized and provide lots of useful information on the castle, its history, and on the lifestyles. A few extra explanation panels (e.g. in the towers) may be of help...
  • Fabulous views from up there. You can access via a glass lift near to the stairs, will certainly save your legs. Worth popping up there.
  • The sheer size of it! Don't miss the local delicacies and wine served in a little garden with armchairs in the middle of the castle.
  • The castle is gorgeous and the explanation of the castle is clear and detailed. Worth visiting!