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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: Castles, Historic Sites, Landmarks
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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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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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
56 helpful votes 56 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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115 reviews 115 reviews
43 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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34 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The renovation works at the time of our visit were nearing completion and most of the building is fully accessible. It is a beautiful structure full of history. The timber vaulted roof structure is a masterpiece and a "must see".

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Kiev, Ukraine
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208 reviews 208 reviews
36 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 via mobile

Nice castle sitting on water. Unfortunately, works on the garden limit the access and the castle is barely furnished. But the aquatic landscape and refined roofwork are worth the visit. 6.50 euro entree, kids free.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

With the exception of the open straight central staircase (an innovation for the time), the inside is small and not especially noteworthy compared to other chateaux. Also the attic with the traditional wood framing is impressive. The battlements and pepper-pot roofs are excellent, along with the engineering that diverted the river into a moat. A good introduction to the Loire's... More

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Dallas, TX
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This chateau has a great interior with great antiques and picturesque exterior for great photos. The only tricky part is finding parking for it is in the middle of a small village with tight streets. I would place it up there with Chambord and Chenonceau as a must see.

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Ha'iku, Maui
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The Indre River actually flows around the foundation of this magnificent small chateau. There's just something amount the serene beauty of this castle that keeps people hanging around, staring at it, photographing it … and coming back the next day and (in my case) the next day, too.

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