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Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau

Address: Rue Balzac, 37190 Azay-le-Rideau, France
Phone Number: +33 2 47 45 42 04
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Standing on an island in the middle of the Indre River, the Château of Azay-le-Rideau was built...
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Type: Historic sites, Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
26 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Yes there are grander Chateaus but this one has a lot to offer for a little time and easy budget (Euro 6.50/pp). The surroundings are beautiful and the rooms give you more of a real sense of the true workings of a chateau of this size. Parking was convenient in a nearby lot, and easy in/out. Since we were running... More 

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Porto Alegre, RS
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

A beautiful place special in the end of the day. Inside it is a little bit empty. Small if we compare with the others.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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128 reviews 128 reviews
44 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The Château d’Azay-le-Rideau is one of the most popular castles of the Loire valley, mostly for its look, seemingly floating on its body of water. The castle is also a private property, built by an uprising, wealthy financial advisor to the Court. Once inside, the visit of the castle is interesting, as the property remains well appointed in furniture and... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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196 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is a beautiful chateau built in 1527. Many rooms are devoid of items, but the ones that do have furniture are nice. I thought the tour was rather short, and give the fact there was not much to see here, I likely would not make a return visit. The outside is fantastic, but the inside needs to be upgraded... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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439 reviews 439 reviews
201 attraction reviews
316 helpful votes 316 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau is located in the Loire Valley near the center of the town of Azay-le-Rideau, France. This town is about 16 miles southwest of Tours, France on Highway D571 (about half way between Tours and the medieval town if Chinon). This Chateau was actually built on the remains of an old medieval fortress that was built to... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Lovely drive around the region and the town. Chateau much smaller and not as impressive as others in the area. Relaxing to wander around the property.

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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63 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I was really looking forward to visiting Azay-le-Rideau based on all the reviews I read but I have to say that I was a little bit disappointed. It is beautiful on the outside but the inside had very few furnished rooms. I personally would not return again.

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Serris, France
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57 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Until the work has been completed and the park reopened I would choose another Chateau if you are on holiday in the region. We visited on Sunday which being the first Sunday in the month was free. If I had had to pay 8.50€ which is the usual admission fee I would have been very annoyed. The rooms aren't highly... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We had limited time in this beautiful village, and were lucky to be able to attend the chateau in the evening. The chateau is lit from the outside with changing colour lights and the interior rooms beautifully lit with "candles" - the softly lit battery style ones. There was also entertainment in the form of music ensembles and theatricals in... More 

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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Azay-le-Rideau is beautiful. While Worth the visit. Loved the way the castle looks when you walk down the alley. The guided tour is included in the ticket price, I recommend you take it!

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