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Chateau de Chinon

Avenue Francois Mitterand, France
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Ranked #29 of 168 Attractions in Loire Valley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Bonjour After 2 years of beautiful restoration the Royal Fortress of Chinon is almost revival... Thibault 1st, The King Henry II Plantagenet... more »
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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167 reviews 167 reviews
71 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is more of a medieval fortress than a castle. It's not the prettiest of the chateaux in the region - it's much more medieval and not really decorated on the interior. Very interesting grounds with great views and several buildings including a prison. One of the main things this place is famous for is that it's where Joan of... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The Royal Fortress of Chinon was by far the finest attraction for us from the Loire Valley. It is not a castle but a medieval fortress filled with real and significant history. It is the place from where Jeanne d'Arc has entered in history as a heroine who liberated France from England. Later, in the 17th century, Cardinal Richelieu has... More

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Burnie Tasmania
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We picked Chinon as a mediaeval Chateau in contrast to many others nearby. There is great audiovisual interpretation to convey the history and the views are spectacular. A great castle for kids to explore and only 8.50 euro admission

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Poole, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a truly historic site rooted in English and French history. everything is explained in both languages and it is a relaxed yet interesting visit.

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Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Well worth a visit for the views alone, but the history is fascinating, and the audio visual presentation in the castle rooms is really impressive - thoroughly recommended

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North Essex, U.K.
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174 reviews 174 reviews
61 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We visited this chateau 27 years ago, with our two children and it made a huge impact on me then. Last week we returned, as a family of three generations this time!! It has undergone several years of renovation - this could have had a negative impact, had it been done poorly. HOWEVER, it has been done expertly and sympathetically... More

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Southampton - UK
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Chinon Castle...simply wow !! One of the best presentations I have seen in all my exploring. The Templars exhibition which is on until September 2014 is superb with great translations into English, something which many other major attractions lack. The use of technology keeps it interactive and highly interesting. The views are superb, I just cannot fault the place. BEST... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This was once a very impressive castle, Allthough much of the walls and towers are in ruins, it is still possible to have a good impression. There is not much of an interior, this is made good with an interesting display of the impressive history - with French and English kings as inhabitants. Me and my daughter enjoyed several hours... More

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Bury, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We couldn't believe how long we spent here, from the outside it appears to be a sparse collection of ruins but once inside there seems to be somewhere else to explore around every corner. With audio and visual displays in both French and English there is no problem for monolingual Brits/Americans etc to understand the history of the castle and... More

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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Our family (with small children) so enjoyed our visit to Chinon. There is a relaxed and friendly atmosphere & we enjoyed an impromptu brief picnic (an essential toddler snack) on the grass in the the centre of the castle. The views fantastic and a great effort to impart the historic relevance in a contemporary manner - 7 through to 70... More

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