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Chateau de Chinon

Avenue Francois Mitterand, France
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Ranked #27 of 163 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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Doncaster, England
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We had a great afternoon visiting the Castle at Chinon. I'm not really into history but the the way the facts are presented here told the story in a way that was informative and interesting. You get a guide book in your own language and can position it over the exhibits so that you hear the story in that language.... More

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
23 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Because we had visited Chateau du Rivau the day before, and retained our entrance tickets, we only paid 6euros50, which was a bargain compared to the prices charged by some chateaux. The guide book has a piece of plastic inside the cover, which you swipe over various exhibits which then describe to you, in your own language, some of the... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Interesting visit to Chateau of Chinon. Part of the chateau is in ruins. In the standing buildings, including the Royal Palace, they have added arty exhibitions / information features on key periods in the chateau's history. I found the video / audio exhibitions a little too long in places or perhaps not as captivating as they could have been. Particular... More

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Minneapolis, mn
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76 reviews 76 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I've wanted to visit this site since I was in high school. I love history and I'm a total Plantagenet geek. (If you were depicted in _The Lion in Winter_, I've probably read at least one bio of you.) The fortress of Chinon was begun by Henry II. It lay at the boundary of three important regions among his possessions--Anjou,... More

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Another impressive chateau in the Loire Valley. From the winding medieval streets of Chinon which you must experience also, it is only a short (but uphill) walk to this imposing chateau. We visited with 3 children, the youngest being 5 at the time and they loved walking up and down the towers. It was an extremely hot day and because... More

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Runswick, null, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Very interesting and well maintained with friendly staff. All information available with English translations.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Beautiful views, an excellent exhibition detailing some of the history. The Knights Templar were there, as were the English Plantagenets, including Richard the Lionheart. Jeanne d'Arc met the Dauphin at this fort.

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29 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

medieval in character with winding streets, dominated by a large castle and where Joan of Arc first met the auphin prior to crowning him king of France.

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Central Coast, NSW, Australia
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281 helpful votes 281 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

An impressive chateau overlooking the river. More a fortress than a luxury chateau. We enjoyed the town, buying a winemakers tart from a local cake shop and then eating in a park on the sand bank across from the chateau. Very relaxing and a little less crowded than other chateaux of the Loire.

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Tours, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We went, in may, to visit the castle as it has been a very long time we didn't see it. Nice surprise, when we arrived at visitors centre (new). We were surprised by the price of the entrance(30 euros 2 adults, 2 children), but the castle underwent to serious restauration so we will see. But, the castle itself, even restaured,... More

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