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“Sensational - deserves time”

Chateau Royal de Blois
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Loire Valley Castles Private Day Trip from Paris
Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Blois
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Royal Chateau of Blois is your gateway into the Val de Loire. The Royal Chateau of Blois is the first important place to discover as you come from Paris. It is a true synthesis of the art and history of the Loire Valley chateaux, and makes it an ideal introduction for your visit.The rich architecture of the four different wings echoes the diversity of styles of the many chateaux built in the Loire Valley from the Middle Ages to the 17th Century.
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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“Sensational - deserves time”
Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

This ancient chateau is absolutely magnificent and has been beautifully preserved. The quality of the work in each of the rooms is stunning and the explanatory signage excellent. Only wish that we had had more time to spend there. There is dedicatedly another trip required to Blois!

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Bob S
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Houston, Texas, United States
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“Interesting place--like others better”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

This was my last Chateau to visit on a recent trip to the Loire Valley. Out of the five chateau I visited, it was my least favorite. It is in the middle of the town of Blois and provides a good view of the city. It has multiple types of architecture from different periods. Much of the original furniture and art are lost and have been "re-imagined" by the person who remodeled it. If you are staying in Blois it is worth a visit, but compared to other chateau in the area, like Chambord or Cheverny, I would not go out of my way to visit.

Visited July 2014
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Vilvoorde, Belgium
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“The one thing to see when in Blois”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

The royal residence is truly the primary reason to visit Blois. There is a reduction on the income fee for children and students. Even so, it is one the expensive side, certainly when you are with a large group. Full price is nearly €10, which is quite expensive. There are audio guides for the ones who are interested as well, but again you need to pay a fee of about €4 per person. At the end it is up to you to decide whether it is worth it.

Visited July 2014
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Dublin Ireland
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“Son et Lumière worth a visit”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

We went to the Son et Lumiere (sound and light ) show which starts at 10.30 and it was well worth it. Excellent depiction of the murder and mayhem at the palace during the time of the Royals. Beware: it is standing only.

Visited June 2014
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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“An interesting and beautiful chateau”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

I was close to being "chateaux'd out" when I took the train from Tours to Blois. A short walk from the station, it's impressive outside and in, more of a castle than a chateau.

Inside, the knowlegeable and friendly staff were great to talk to in Franglais and really made me feel welcome. National Trust take note! I left knowing a bit more than when I went in but, even more, having really enjoyed myself. I like Blois!

Visited August 2013
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