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Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau

Rue Balzac, 37190 Azay-le-Rideau, France
+33 2 47 45 42 04
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Standing on an island in the middle of the Indre River, the Château of Azay-le-Rideau was built during the reign of François I by a rich financier, Gilles Berthelot, who wanted his fabulous new home to combine the latest technical innovations from Italy and the art of French architecture. The Château is a jewel of the early Renaissance and in the evenings during July and August, its romantic gardens come alive as the setting of the special night tour: "The Magic Mirror". New! The castle opens the doors to its roof. Come admire the exceptional 16th century roofwork. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: > 1st April to 30th June: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. > 1st July to 31st August: from 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. > 1st to 30th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. > 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 15 minutes before closing time. Last entry in the château 45 min before closing time. Closed: > 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 8,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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Rue Balzac, 37190 Azay-le-Rideau, France
+33 2 47 45 42 04
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The building is a beautiful example of a French chateau but the interior displays were rather pathetic modern built mechanical and electrically operated models. Many of which were made out of plywood.

Thank sailboat326
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A very pretty Chateau with some lovely touches - the main staircase, the gardens, the rooms are lovely. Not the biggest or grandest but worth a visit if you are passing or in town - which is lovely in itself!

Thank Alexandra H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The castle is one of the 6 castles around the Loire that are connected by something that gives you a discount If you already have visited one of them. Keep this in mind when buying tickets! The castle and Its surroundings are Well preserved and...More

Thank Frans R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Looking at other reviews the renovations have now finished with access to all of the ground and first floors plus the attic. There is some beautiful renaissance architecture and interesting period artifices to see - we would have liked to have had more informed provided...More

Thank Brian S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not the biggest or most famous chateau in the region but it is a perfect small chateau where you can get a feel for how it was lived in. Great efforts have been made to recollect some of the artefacts and pieces that...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed the visit to the Chateau and garden. Reasonable entrance charge. A very entertaining puppet type dancing exhibition to see and another theatre display. Good views from the top.

Thank fiona s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This chateau was situated right next door to our hotel unfortunately the renovation was still going on so the chateau was closed however the gardens were open and they were beautiful to walk round, the moat is quite large around the chateau and you are...More

Thank jeffrey R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely castle with a beautiful garden. We were there on 1st July and visited it free of charge but only outside. The inside was not open but there was no restoration work out and took the most beautiful pictures.

Thank Borislav2010
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Chateau with is water filled moat is a photographers dream on a still day.....other than when half of the building is covered in scaffolding. Inside the building there is very little to see, some of the rooms are 'mocked' up in the style of...More

Thank northerngirl15
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to this chateau last year when it was shrouded in scaffolding as it underwent major roof restoration. Despite this the interior was excellent and the views of the interir woodwork being repaired in the main turret roof was impressive. the carpenters were -present...More

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Response from david s | Reviewed this property |
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Response from Chateau d'Azay ... C | Property representative |
Hello, the castle restoration work is planned in two parts. The first part will be completed by the end of 2016 , and the second part at the beginning of the year 2018. During the work , the monument remains open.During the... More
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