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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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Kelowna, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The chateau's setting in a lake/moat makes for nice photos of the exterior, but there wasn't a lot to see inside during our visit. Only some of the rooms were furnished and/or decorated. Other chateaux we visited in the Loire Valley were more beautiful or more interesting. Chambord, for example, also has several empty rooms, but the chateau is much... More

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New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This small chateau is sited in a lake. It sports many of the features found in French chateaus, such as a spiral staircase. Visitors are permitted to see the building's attic which has the original 16th century beams and rafters. As of this writing, the surrounding grounds are under repair with workmen using heavy machinery on the lake.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This chaâteau is just spectacular. The setting is so beautiful, and evocative and the visit inside the castle is no less wonderful. It is beautifully maintained, although this must be said within the context of a museum, because obviously it is not kept up to the standards it would have been when it was lived in. However, as a place... More

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Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The chateau is very scenic, set as it is in a moat. Be aware that you may visit after dark in the summer, they have lighting and music inside the chateau. It is not a formal timed son-et-lumiere type of thing, so you can just turn up and wander around, until about midnight I think.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The location and architecture of this magnificent chateau makes it well worth the entrance fee. But the interior is very disappointing with only a few pieces of furniture on display. The French department could learn a lot from the National Trust in the UK.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

This was our second visit to Azay le Rideau and I was just as impressed this time as the first. It's a perfect little gem of a chateau, surrounded by water. I loved the deckchairs on the lawns so one can sit and enjoy the view. A super place to visit!

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

Glorious, beautiful and quiet(er) chateau. Walk down cobbled 16th century street to the gates and on to the chateau. Much fewer tourists. We were there for Scarletti recitals on harp and harpsichord. It doesn't come more romantic or evocative.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The setting on a bridge across the Cher river is breathtaking. This is a grand chateau, but not an enormous one. You can see it in three hours. It is in a fine state of repair and well furnished. The audioguide is just right. There is lots of history here, from royal era France to WWII. There are picnic areas,... More

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Yogya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This chateau is quite small but it is very nice and beautiful from outside. The presence of this chateau close to the lake made it even more beautiful. Surrounding this chateau, there are quite nice gardens that is worthy to be explored around. Inside it, there are quite a lot of interesting stuffs to be seen and learned. To come... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The village is just outside the gates, just as it was when it was built, giving you a real feel for how it was then.

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