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Forteresse royale de Chinon

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Address: 37500, France
Phone Number:
+33 2 47 93 13 45
09:30 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The royal fortress of Chinon has been built between Xth century and XVth...

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.

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Wonderful largely ruined castle with nooks and crannies

This place has little to see by way of museum style furnished rooms, but has lots of towers, passageways, dungeons and battlements. Perfect for little knights and damsels. At 8.50... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Chippenham, United Kingdom
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Rolling Hills Estates, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the mist enjoyable castles in France. Site of so many battles and sieges. Many exhibits covering the major events bring this castle to life. Just an amazing afternoon for a history buff.

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place has little to see by way of museum style furnished rooms, but has lots of towers, passageways, dungeons and battlements. Perfect for little knights and damsels. At 8.50 Euros per adult it is good value. Excellent views of the Vienne valley too.

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Akron, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As chateaux go I found this one to be close to a real castle or fortress. I recall walking up or along a lengthy introduction to the entrance to this chateau after coming here from Tours many years ago long before the range of calendar dates suitable for indicating the time of my visit were made available for completing this... More 

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Fortress is a very interesting site situated high above Chinon it has beautiful views looking down on Chinon old town, surrounding areas and the river. There are 2 forts, St Georges and Fortress Royale and you can do a guided tour if you wish. There are also many photo opportunities from the grounds. After our visit we caught the... More 

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Kingston, Jamaica
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Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Very interesting and well presented museum in the remains of the castle. Great historical connections with Richard the Lion Heart, Henry the II and the hindred years war. Great views. A must!

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Okehampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016

This is a 'proper' castle as we know it in the English speaking world, not one of those house and gardens chateaux which litter this area. Unfortunately for the English speaking visitor the word 'chateau' means a country house as well as a castle; a proper castle is often called a 'chateau fort' but the authorities here righty avoid the... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

Impressive fortress, nicely restaured ! Very kind and helpful staff. Interesting exhibitions. Very accessible with the elevator from below the city. Great panaorama!

Thank PaulStuer
Kent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 November 2016

If you are interested in castles, military power and history, this is a must do place. However, be warned, if you want a perfect mock-up of life in a castle and lots of displays for children, then maybe not. It is a large site, with few restored buildings per se, but those that have been restored are, in my view,... More 

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

A fine example of a fortress, Chinon has history coming out of every tower. Set in a fabulous location for defending, it has been carefully restored, and with it's prominent views over the town below is well worth a visit.

Thank Steve T
Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Stunning location, great for learning about the history of France and England. Really enjoyed the whole ambiance of Chinon - particularly the lift from the riverside town to the Forteresse!


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