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Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau

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Address: Rue Balzac, 37190 Azay-le-Rideau, France
Phone Number: +33 2 47 45 42 04
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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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lovely, but under renovation

They've done a good job of keeping the chateau open during renovation, but it will surely be more beautiful when the work is done. Not one of the Loire's most famous chateaux, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

At the moment, I can't really recommend this chateau, hidden as it is, Christo style, beneath scaffolding and a huge grey wrapping. Azy depends too much on its stunning exterior and location to be worth visiting in this state, and the interiors are rather dull. So, until the work is finished, skip it and head for Villandry.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

This castle must be very nice when it is visible, but will be covered due to renovation work until 2017. Interior interesting with giant fireplaces.

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Norwalk, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

They've done a good job of keeping the chateau open during renovation, but it will surely be more beautiful when the work is done. Not one of the Loire's most famous chateaux, but worth a visit if you are in the area.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We came to Tours because we had seen the city once before, liked it, but hadn't been able to see the chateau Azay-le-Rideau. We vowed to come back, just to see the chateau! This time, we came, rented vélos, rode out, and what did we see?! Panels of a photo of the chateau, not the real thing! The actual castle... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I have given the chateau an average rating because at the moment it is completely covered in plastic and scaffolding. From the photographs I have seen of the chateau I think that when the restoration is complete in 2017 it will be a most attractive destination but in its present condition it does not really warrant a visit when there... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Sad with renovation happening. I'm sure it's much better when not getting renovated. At the moment though it's really a waste of the entrance fee to visit. The gardens are also less than impressive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I had visited here many years ago and never forgot its beauty so I wanted my husband to see it. Unfortunately it is under restoration on the roof and is covered with tarps. However you can still go inside and enjoy it. The restoration is supposed to take several years but it's still worth a visit.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This castle is under extensive renovation until the end of 2017, with 80% of the castle being covered in scaffolding and screening. As a result there is nothing to see externally and internally, there is very little to view. The grounds (parts of which were cordoned off) were also run down at the time of our visit. If you want... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We have visited about 12 different Chateaus in the Loire Valley. This one is worth the visit but expect to walk through and take a short time, even reading all the explanations. Still interesting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Stopped for a brief look see but was a little disappointed since much of it was under renovation and areas were fenced off. Even after discounting this, Azay falls short of the much more elegant chateaus of the Loire.

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