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Forteresse royale de Chinon

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The royal fortress of Chinon has been built between Xth century and XVth century. It has been restaured on XXIth century. Come and discover all of famous figures of the fortress : the Plantagenêts, the Kings of France Philippe Auguste, Charles VII...more
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37500, Chinon, France
+33 2 47 93 13 45
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Our first visit to Chinon and it's castle. We parked in town and walked up the steps but it's possible to park outside or use a lift from town level. We took a self guided tour as there were no English tours when we arrived....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been visiting the fortress over the last thirty years, and the French state has made painstaking and impressive restorations throughout that time. You can park nearby or from the center of town, you can walk up or take the elevator. Much to my...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Chateau or Fortress at Chinon was fully restored in the early years of this century and now attracts more than a quarter of a million visitors a year which is phenomenal. The curtain walls which surround the Chateau and the Round Tower within them...More

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forteressechinon, Responsable relations clients at Forteresse royale de Chinon, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you for your message. You know very well how to present the Royal Fortress of Chinon! Best regards, The team of the Royal Fortress of Chinon

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We toured the Fortress on a Sunday in September -- no crowds. Before our visit, we knew a bit about the Joan of Arc connection, but didn't fully appreciate the age of structure or its strategic location. Unfortunately the chips in our guidebook didn't work...More

Thank Jan B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An impressive ruin perched high above the Vienne river and the town of Chinon, the Forteresse Royale de Chinon is located on a site occupied since Paleolithic times. The existing buldings,partly ruined, partly restored, are well worth visiting; there are lots of towers and rooms...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With the abundance of castles in the Loire Valley, and well aware that there are only parts of the entire original fortress remaining, we had almost decided to forgo this site in favour of other, more intact castles. I'm very glad, however, that in the...More

Thank RWietlisbach
Reviewed 16 October 2018

The self-guided tour suggests starting with the "Royal Quarters" (a U-shaped arrangement of 3 buildings) around an inner courtyard. Much has been lost to time but the history of one room (Recognition Room) was where Joan of Arc met with King Charles VII (or so...More

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Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

Great views heading into and from the fortress. They have a very nice booklet in several languages. The exhibit displays are in English as well as in French which was extremely helpful.

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Reviewed 12 October 2018

Years ago this was mostly a ruin, it has been renovated and now has multi-media information, but it remains a wonderful place with great views, and of coruse is a significant place in the history of France.

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Reviewed 12 October 2018

So much has been done and to a very high standard. Great views across different parts of Chinon. This is well worth a visit

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Maryse B
21 January 2018|
Response from Chateau_Chinon | Property representative |
Thank you for showing an interest on our fortresse. The price for the entrance is 9€ (except if you show us your full price ticket of any other Partner "Ouest Tourain Pass" monument -see list on forteressechinon in... More
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