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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

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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Great castle!

It is not the best castle visit in the Loire, but just the outside view it is worth a visit! Inside it is not 100% preserved for Loire standards, but you have a some bedrooms, a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Thiago P
Sao Paulo, SP
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Mugla, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This beautiful chateau is one of the delights of the Valle de Loire and is featured in numerous magazines and brochures. A credit to the French government who lovingly cherish these beautiful historical houses

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is not the best castle visit in the Loire, but just the outside view it is worth a visit! Inside it is not 100% preserved for Loire standards, but you have a some bedrooms, a dinning hall, library, kitchen and the castle itself is just marvelous from the outside.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are so many Chateau's in the Loire, it's hard to see them all, we chose to see this one as it was close to us, the little town of Azay Le Rideau is lovely & a pleasant surprise it has quaint shops & a great patisserie. The Chateau is beautiful & in good condition, the tapestries, furniture & China... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were delighted with our visit to Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, with the caveat that it was undergoing restoration. If you travel in Europe you cannot help but stumble upon historic sites undergoing restoration. That diminished views of an otherwise perfect chateau. The comment is a recognition that these things happen, not a criticism of any sort. Oh well, there will be... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

it is pretty from the outside but dark and gloomy on the inside. Unfortunately it was under construction and so the outside views were ruined. There are many better chateaus. We were here for an hour

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New Britain, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely chateau, could walk inside on your on time. The grounds are lovely. Nice gift shop. Right in the middle of town. Easy parking

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I went to this chateau 15 years ago and had fond memories of it. We went back October 2015 and I was so disappointed. They are replacing/improving the roof, so the whole front, top and back are covered in white sheeting. There is only the smaller wing visible from the outside. Normally this photos so well with the pond/moat around... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

This chateau is a bit small scale but looks beautiful. Inside of the chateau, there are some expositions. Some of the widows are decorated with stained glass which were really nice. When I visited the outside of the chateau was under construction and was mostly covered unfortunately.

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Creuse, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

An interesting tour and tasting. Wines very reasonable. The lady guide was both knowledgeable, amusing and spoke good English. The free tasting following the tour was held deep down in the 'cave'. We liked the mature white and bubbly and came away with a dozen bottles. A very pleasant experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

With so many castles in the Loire/l'Indre, this is not at the top of the tourist circuit list, which is the reason for those who want a more laid back experience to go. It's not as flashy as Chenonceau, but it's also not nearly as crowded. The beautiful road through Mots to get here runs along the l'Indre. If you're... More 

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