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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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  • If you are fans of "old stones", you'll like. If you are a history buff, you'll love. If you are lovers of quiet walks, you'll love. If you are art lovers ("FIR" and "Royal robes", expo... really excellent), you'll like. If you like... the stairs, you'll love :) Honestly, this is (re) do, but it's a visit to not recommended for those who have walking difficulties (or set up / down the stairs).
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  • really charming, quaint and not too crowded with tourists, this village and its castle are a Pearl worth a stop. very comfortable are also areas equipped for picnics along the river
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  • Very nice visit with a tour that combines views, history, and beautiful stone. However this requires a good pair of Gasquet and courage to climb all the stairs but the effort is worth it because the final show is splendid.
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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.