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Address: Rue Balzac, 37190 Azay-le-Rideau, France
Phone Number: +33 2 47 45 42 04
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Standing on an island in the middle of the Indre River, the Château of...
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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nice little chateau

Spent a nice couple of hours here....ok so it's under renovation but hey it's old! It was nice to see the interior of the roof etc which we would not have seen normally so there... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Spent a nice couple of hours here....ok so it's under renovation but hey it's old! It was nice to see the interior of the roof etc which we would not have seen normally so there is a bonus. Another Loire chateau ticked off the list. Visit the tourist office to buy tickets and if you are doing 2 or more... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We did enjoy our trip to this Chateau- but did not realise most would be covered in tarpaulins! Still worth a visit and good places to eat close to the castle.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The castle located as an island on the Indre river was originally a fortress but rebuilt into an Italian style residence by the finance minister of King Francis I in 1508. Giles Berthelot and his wife Philippe Lesbahy did such a great job that the king confiscated the place in 1537. In 1791 the estate changed hands and the chateau... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Sadly at our visit the chateau is undergoing renovation but the location is beautiful and once the work has finished this will be a fairytale setting Loved the on site cafe, ice cream in old fashioned deckchairs on the lawn....bliss. Price very reasonable and you can take a small dog if you carry it inside the chateau.

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Heidelberg, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I don't know about you, but the word chateau conjures up in my mind something which is grand on a big scale, majestic, a place for royalty, rather than somewhere real people lived. While I am gob-smacked by all of those features in the majority of Loire chateaux, it is this address I could easily call my own - if... More 

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Because of restoration works, the castle is partially wrapped in white covers (including the roofs). Visiting the inside of the castle is not impacted by the works. You also get to see the roof beam structure on which they are working right now. The gardens around the castle are nice to stroll through.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

One of the smaller chateaux in the Loire valley but the most beautiful one in my opinion. Entry is relatively affordable compared to some other chateaux that are horribly expensive. Must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We went on a Sunday when it was free. The chateau is really beautiful and the garden is really quaint as well. This Chateau is not majestic but definitely has a special air about it. It is very well maintained inside and you can see great view from inside and out of the chateau.

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Prather, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Set on an island in the middle of the Indre River, the chateau’s reflection in the water enhances the castle’s image from the south and west. It is relatively small as castles go, making it, in my opinion, a Goldilocks’ Castle: not too big and not too small, but just right. It has enchanting gardens, with a café that is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Hard to be enthusiastic when major renovations underway, covering almost one entire side of chateau with scaffolding and fake facade in place over entrance. I think the organised tours should go to an alternative chateau while this scaffolding is present, the tours & the tourist office (Tours) should be more upfront about this - it was a rather disappointing start... More 

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Address: Rue Balzac, 37190 Azay-le-Rideau, France
Phone Number: +33 2 47 45 42 04
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Centre  >  Loire Valley  >  Azay-le-Rideau
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