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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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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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Renovations don't spoil the experience

We really enjoyed our visit and found the gardens so restful and inviting. It was so good to visit in the late afternoon and sit on the deck chairs enjoying the architectural... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit and found the gardens so restful and inviting. It was so good to visit in the late afternoon and sit on the deck chairs enjoying the architectural splendour and beautiful trees while sipping a local wine. Loved the fact that the chateau is right on the edge of town so only a few steps from... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The most interesting thing about this prettily located chateau - apart from its surroundings - was the detail about the renovations. 500 year old timbers still in good order, masonry and tiling skills at work etc. Rooms are large but poorly signed with the items referred to not on display. Seen one chateau seen them all?

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

So impressive. Beautiful grounds that you can picnic in. But actual building covered in scaffolding at present.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We arrived with high expectations having read so much about this place only to find it under reconstruction and the exterior completely shrouded. We got tickets and went in because we had also read that it was known for lovely furnishings. Aside from some tapestries and velvet couches we found that not to be the case. We left after about... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

It looked lovely from the outside but unfortunately it was being restored when we visited so we didn't actually go inside.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Azay is a nice town and worth a visit. As for the chateaux, whilst you do get a sense of the grandeur and beauty of the building the majority of it is under cover because of renovation. It's also quite small and I was a bit surprised there wasn't more to see inside. On the upside it's dead cheap to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

o Under renovation, thus this affects the outer part and any view from inside the building is blocked including the watching tower +The ticket price is reduced accordingly +Cute little renaissance chateau -There was an 80+ lady in the ticket office trying to handle a computerized ticket vending machine. No luck for her, nor for me. We tried to buy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Beautiful castle! Amazing tour in the park with great trees! Nice room with sight seen under the roof! A milestone in Loire castle tour.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

July 2015 undergoing major renovations, so entry cost reduced. A lot of scaffolding surrounding the impressive building and it would appear some of the internal furniture and fittings have been temporarily removed. The grounds are quiet and peaceful.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I wouldn't make a detour for this one. The grounds are nothing to rave about, and the gardens non-existent. The chateau itself is under scaffolding, and not that interesting inside. We barely spent an hour here, so not worth the money. The village itself is just lovely though! And we saw some kingfishers on the pond. If there's a tour... More 

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