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. 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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  • August 17, 2017
    A nice fortress to discover with great views! Visit interesting as very well organized. More a welcome choice for people with disabilities (upon presentation of your card). You are given a tablet that allows you, through the oral explanations and movies, discover all the places difficult to access, such as the top of the towers, for example, as if you were mounted there. So thank you to you for thinking of us!
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  • August 17, 2017
    The Castle and town are picturesque! A panoramic lift leads us to the foot of the Castle if you are tired. There is a discount on the ticket if we visited another Museum. Our guide (a young historian) made part us of his presentation. We were 50 Monday, August 14 around him and had a nice visit! He was able to capture the attention of young and old by her professionalism and kindness! Finally, canvas seats are available for rest and listen.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Nice tour of the fortress of Chinon! Nice efforts +++ for children with opportunity to dress up in White Knight or Princess, animations around the means of defence and attack in the middle ages! In room entertainment in the form of small interesting films. In short I recommend!
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  • August 27, 2017
    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!
  • August 17, 2017
    Excellent castle with lots for younger children to see and do. The tablet guide was definitely worth the extra €3
  • August 2, 2017
    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.
  • May 12, 2017
    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.
  • May 9, 2017
    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...

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