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“Great for history buffs”

Forteresse royale de Chinon
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US$93.40*
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Small-Group Loire Valley wine tour from the town...
Ranked #6 of 51 Fun & Games in Loire Valley
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 and Joan of Arc. Full price : 8.50 € Reduced rate : 6.50 € Free for children less than 7 years.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 15 July 2014

Because we had visited Chateau du Rivau the day before, and retained our entrance tickets, we only paid 6euros50, which was a bargain compared to the prices charged by some chateaux. The guide book has a piece of plastic inside the cover, which you swipe over various exhibits which then describe to you, in your own language, some of the history of each area. It's really quite novel and young visitors must love it. For lovers of history, like us, it was a very worthwhile visit, especially as so much of it is tied up with the English. At the end of the visit we took the lift down into the medieval village of Chinon itself, which is absolutely charming, and worth going to for itself without going into the Fortresse.

1  Thank Lynda G
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Interesting visit to Chateau of Chinon. Part of the chateau is in ruins.

In the standing buildings, including the Royal Palace, they have added arty exhibitions / information features on key periods in the chateau's history. I found the video / audio exhibitions a little too long in places or perhaps not as captivating as they could have been.

Particular focus on the Knights templar, Joan of Arc's visit to the chateau, crusades, and the additions to the castle throughout history. Guided tours are available, although we made do we a pamphlet.

A lovely opportunity to relax during the visit is at the little cafe. There is a small garden with deck chairs to enjoy any fine weather.

Thank vickybarr
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

I've wanted to visit this site since I was in high school. I love history and I'm a total Plantagenet geek. (If you were depicted in _The Lion in Winter_, I've probably read at least one bio of you.) The fortress of Chinon was begun by Henry II. It lay at the boundary of three important regions among his possessions--Anjou, Poitou, and Touraine--and was effectively the seat of his government on the continent. It later figures prominently in the stories of the fall of the Knights Templar and the meeting(s) of Joan of Arc and Charles VII. If you are not into history, then note that it provides a beautiful (and strategic) view over the Vienne River valley, which was swollen with spring flooding when we were there. My only gripe is that the updated facilities and tour have a bunch of hokey multi-media things, designed for folks with shorter concentration spans.

Thank DorkySwede
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

Another impressive chateau in the Loire Valley. From the winding medieval streets of Chinon which you must experience also, it is only a short (but uphill) walk to this imposing chateau. We visited with 3 children, the youngest being 5 at the time and they loved walking up and down the towers. It was an extremely hot day and because of the heat, I did struggle to climb all of the stairs and I did miss out on some of the towers. So please bear this in mind if you are not fully mobile and take plenty of water.

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Reviewed 27 June 2014

Very interesting and well maintained with friendly staff. All information available with English translations.

Thank Karen B
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