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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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Castles
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,... more » 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 « less
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Ventura, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Beautiful setting. The tour moves well through the various rooms and is very informative. The roof beams are amazing.

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Hong Kong
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The perfect small chateau. Easy to get round, a good audio tour, beautiful gardens and its all so close to the pretty little town,

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

A smaller castle but very pretty, surrounded by a moat. Beautiful spires, several interior rooms decorated. Generally in good condition and some work being done to renovate the grounds.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This was my second visit to this Chateaux and I enjoyed it just as much as the first. The tour is excellent arranged into different eras. A good tip if you are visiting a few Chateaux in the region is to keep your tickets. We had been to Chinon the day before and got 2 euros of the admission at... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This castle is small and just perfect. It appears to float on water. The surrounding gardens are not large but are absolutely stunning. I loved this castle inside and out. I didn't want to leave. After looking through the interior, we sat in deck chairs in the sunshine and admired it's beauty. Definitely a must when in this region!!

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The chateau is in wonderful condition with interesting interior decorations depicting the era. Looks like they are doing some renovations on the garden so couldn't walk right the way around the chateau unfortunately

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Nanaimo, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We loved the town of Azay-le-Rideau and its Chateau. The grounds were simple but beautiful. The inside of the Chateau was quite special. We only had one day to see the Chateaux of the Loire, so chose this as one to visit and were not disappointed.

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Boca Raton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Beautiful and very well maintained. The city were the chateau is located is also pretty. I would go back there. This chateau is among the 4 top chateaus I put on my list.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A stroll down the lovely historic cobbled streets of this hidden gem of a village in the Loire leads you almost back in time to a magical chateau which is like something out of a fairy tale. Friendly relaxed staff are at hand to answer any questions and you can leave and re-visit later in the dark when the Chateau... More

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Gloucestershire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is one of the most special Chateau's in the Loire Valley. It is in a beautiful setting on the Indre river with water all around. The town itself is also attractive and a good stop for lunch if you are touring around.

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