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Chateau of Chateaudun

Place Jean Dunois, 28200 Chateaudun, France
02 37 94 02 90
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Ranked #2 of 5 Attractions in Chateaudun
Type: Castles, Cultural
Owner description: Standing some 60 metres above the Loir valley, the Château features a rare succession of medieval...
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Type: Castles, Cultural
Owner description: Standing some 60 metres above the Loir valley, the Château features a rare succession of medieval, Gothic and Renaissance architectural elements including two open staircases overlooking the courtyard. The beautifully preserved interior houses a fine collection of tapestries. The Gothic Sainte-Chapelle, built by Dunois, contains some outstanding sculpted statues. A mediaeval kitchen garden has recently been laid out at the foot of the main keep to illustrate how herbs and spices were used in the cuisine and medicines of the Middle Ages. Open:> 2nd May to 30th June: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st July to 4th September: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6.15 p.m.> 5th September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 1 hour before closing time. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; 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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Adelaide, Australia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
38 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

It is a lovely castle, not your typical one perched on a hill but rather one you could have imagined people living in. I wish there were more English explanations. Great for photography.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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39 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Chateaudun is a small town with two main attractions - the Grottes at the bottom of the cliff and the castle at the top. Neither is especially close to the station or the vaguely termed 'Halte Routiere' (actually by the Piscine / swimming pool) for the bus from Chartres (Transbeauce route 3 or fare 3.55 euros each way for the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I visited this château early on a rainy morning. At 11am I took the tour of the keep, which was the oldest, more Medieval part. The tour was in French and it was very informative, lasting about 1 hour, I'm not sure if they do it in English too. Afterwards I visited the newer part of the château which is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

From outside it looks more impressive than many of 3/3 rated castles in the Loire area. We were on the way to Chartres, therefore we stopped here just for a walk around the castle rock. And it was worth that stop.

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Reading, UK
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Empty rooms. This castle was neglected for centuries and some of it cannot be visited. Dunois is a fascinating character (I can't say what his French title was because this site regards the expression as profane!! - an idiotic spell check in the circumstances since that was what he was always known as). There is a lot of what I... More 

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Lima, Peru
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

During a short trip from Paris to the Loire Valley, this was the last stop on my way back, after visiting some other "better rated chateaus". In my opinion, if you visit a castle, in some way you expect and imagine how was life in the past. Considering that, I think that a short visit to this castle is really... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
39 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

This is a rather dilapidated shell of a former castle that was built in different stages. The rooms are mostly empty, but you can get some idea of there former glory. There are tapestries, these are not original and are very faded. It was rather annoying that english explanations was only given in a few of the rooms. I would... More 

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Paris
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160 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

An interesting castle, even if it is not that famous. It is fairly empty though, save for a collection of tapestries. Nice medieval garden. There is a guided tour in French.

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Richmond, Virginia
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552 helpful votes 552 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

This is a nice castle with a less than helpful staff. Built in three distinct periods, the styles are easy to compare and contrast. It is far from the most attractive castle we have seen, but still worth a trip if you are in the area. The use of many of the rooms is clear from the furnishings and signage.... More 

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Herentals, Antwerpen, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

The great tower of Chateaudun castle was built in the twelfth century by Thibaud V, count of Blois. It is the sole surviving part of a larger structure. In 1439 Chateaudun castle is acquired by Jean Dunois. He has the great tower roofed (1450) and orders the construction of the holy chapel (1451) and the Dunois wing (1459) in flamboyant... More 

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