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Chateau Royal de Blois

41000 Blois, France
33 (0)2 54 90 33 33
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Ranked #1 of 17 Attractions in Blois
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Castles
Owner description: The Royal Château of Blois is your gateway into the Val de LoireThe Royal Château of Blois is the first important place to discover as you come from... more » Owner description: The Royal Château of Blois is your gateway into the Val de LoireThe Royal Château of Blois is the first important place to discover as you come from Paris. It is a true synthesis of the art and history of the Loire Valley châteaux, and makes it an ideal introduction for your visit.The rich architecture of the four different wings echoes the diversity of styles of the many châteaux built in the Loire Valley from the Middle Ages to the 17th Century. « less
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Hampshire
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed a few hours wondering around and looking at this beautiful chateau. Didn't like the crowds but did enjoy the history. The commentary was a little long winded.

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Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

A beautifully restored (in the 19th C) Renaissance Chateau with authentic furnishings, wall-coverings and paintings. A lot of information on the building, the residents, the art, and the restoration made this the best of all the Chateaux of the Loire. The town of Blois is also lovely to wander around in, and to enjoy. It is right on the Loire... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We didn't have a chance to visit inside, but watch it from the outside. Kooks really nice and a bit different from many castles. In the evening the lights from the balcony are really nice. And the town itself look super charming.

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Shanghai, China
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172 reviews 172 reviews
12 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The castle is right in the city. Not as big as some other famous castles but interesting to have a look at. You get a very nice view of the Loire from the castle.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Fabulous buildings with excellent displays and informative signage. The audioguide is a bit on the slow side, but gives an excellent level of detail. The only drawback was the poor level of organisation in terms of queue management at the ticket office and every aspect of organisation at the associated Maison de Magie across the Place.

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New York
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48 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Overlooking the town of Blois, stands the Royal Chateau. Started in the 13th century by the Counts of Blois, this modestly sized chateau became a favorite location of many French kings, including Louis XII, Francis I, Henry III, and Louis XIII. The interior courtyard sports an external, spiral staircase (much the rage in its day), a statue of Francis II,... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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79 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Located within the town and views across the river. The chateau has four contrasting period wings around a central courtyard, restorations carried out in the 19th and 20thC. The 13thC Gothic hall (largest in France), flamboyant Louis X11 brick and stone wing built in 1498-1501, followed by the Renaissance wing of Francois 1st 1515-1520 and finally the Classic style of... More

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derbyshire
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44 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

In the centre of Blois. Much larger than it first appears and well worth a visit. English connection is King Stephen, also Count of Blois. Many rooms visited with much history to hold interest. Good value, and well worth a visit despite there being so many other Chateau nearby

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Think some other reviews are a bit harsh. This must be viewed and a royal fortified 'town' chateau. It is steeped in 1300-1400 hundred royal history and has impressive architecture and rooms so dont expect wonderful gardens.It has links to Chenonceau which can be understood by good information displays.

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Visiting the interiors of the castle was interesting and nice, but not much comparing to other castles on Loire and to our Czech castles. But what I really loved was the evening night show, specially I liked the music / sound and light effects. I learned a bitvfrom history as well, but mainly the changing colors and pictures on the... More

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