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Chateau de Blois

Blois, France
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Ranked #38 of 169 Attractions in Loire Valley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Castles
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Dublin Ireland
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13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We went to the Son et Lumiere (sound and light ) show which starts at 10.30 and it was well worth it. Excellent depiction of the murder and mayhem at the palace during the time of the Royals. Beware: it is standing only.

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Most, Czech Republic
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

castle is nice, but similar to others in the Loire valley. What is specific is its location in the town centre. very close to river, views from castle to the other side of river. the town under the castle is small, cozy with lots of bars and restaurants and bakeries.

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Cape Cod
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The residence of 7 kings and 10 queens. You can see the furnished royal apartments of Louis XII complete with Renaissance paintings and art objects. The audio guide details the daily life at court. It also explains the historical events during the Religious Wars. We went to the Sound and Light show but unfortunately not on Wednesday, the English version... More

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Tilburg, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We visited 5 castles during our Loire tour and I liked Blois the least. First of all, the audio guide in this castle is horrible and I suggest to noone to buy it. I thought a dramatized version of an audio guide would be something that would set it apart from other audio guides, but it makes the entire visit... More

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9 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

On our last trip to the Loire, we arrived at the Cheateau de Blois too late for the normal visit. However, it was a Wednesday and Wednesday night is English translation night for the Son et Lumiere - a sound and light show projected onto the walls of interior courtyard of the Chateau! Stunning visuals and wonderfully informative & evocative... More

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Paris, France
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

To everybody who plan visit Chateau de Blois and others near by, you should pick up train at Gare Austerliz at 7-38, in Paris. Because bus which brings passengers to 3 near by castles from Blois leaves at 9-30 and 11-30 approximately, and return back to Blois about 4 times per day, except Sunday, on Sunday bus service didn't work.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Blois is set on the River Loire and even in the rain we managed to have a pleasant day out and took plenty of photos of the cobbled town roads. There are many shops and restaurants, and the Chateau! If you have Children, get them to follow the little signs that are on the streets! Do make sure you see... More

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Mortain, France
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15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Enjoyed the visit very much. A mixture of styles, but this adds to the allure of the Chateau. The artwork is fabulous. The written explanations next to each of the exhibits are in French and English and are not too long. They give you the salient points without overloading you, thus not causing a backlog of people waiting to read... More

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Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, France
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133 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

This chateau is a big mix of styles which makes it interesting rather than stunningly beautiful. There is no garden as unlike a lot of other chateaux it is in the middle of a big town. The directions to follow round this castle are muddling which makes the audio guide slightly difficult to follow in order but each room has... More

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Pebble Beach, California
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43 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

There are lots of chateaus in the Loire Valley. One of the things that sets this one apart is the history of things that happened here, the most notorious of which is the murder of the Duc de Guise as part of the political tensions between Protestants and Catholics.

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