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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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Northampton
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

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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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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10 helpful votes 10 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

One of the most delightful chateaux we have seen during our trip to the Loire valley (we have visited 11 of them). The settings of the chateau is striking: this absolutely magnificent building is located on the island in the middle of the Indre river and is surrounded by water. It looks like a fairy tale castle, home of a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

nice examples of ways the building was used at different times with themed apartments. A history lesson wrapped up in a delightful building.

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Newcastleton, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Very picturesque Chateau, and a beautiful setting. Disabled access is limited to the exterior of the Chateau, and when we visited, we could not go fully around the exterior, due to ground works. Although this is a beautiful Chateau, we were slightly disappointed as we were expecting better. The grounds are nothing special. There are better Chateaux to visit.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The tour starts in the attic...make sure you have good walking shoes. Fortunately all the bats were tucked away. Lots of bedrooms, dining halls, etc. this chateau is in the middle of a lovely little town with lots of little restaurants and souvenir shops.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

This place is the one of the best chateaus of Loire valley. It is not so big but it is very nice. It involves furniture and some paintings. Also its garden is beautiful. You can take very nice pictures in the garden. I strongly recommend this chateau to visit.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The chateau is right in the centre of the village. It is in a beautiful setting, surrounded by trees and water. Just outside the chateau is a very good small vegetable and flower garden. The entry fee was twice as much as Chateau Villandry. Allow an hour or so to visit, then have lunch and a wander around the village.

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Ventura, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Beautiful setting. The tour moves well through the various rooms and is very informative. The roof beams are amazing.

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