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Chateau de Chinon

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Address: Avenue Francois Mitterand, France
Phone Number: 02-47-93-13-45
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Forteresse Royale de Chinon

Firstly, it is a fortress, raherthan a chateau, so its listing is wrong. Excellent for children of all ages, although some of the videos explaining the history (French version... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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The Villages, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

Yes, I agree with another reviewer - this listing is wrong. This is a fortress and not a chateau. The very oldest part was there in the 9th century, but it really took a step up when Chinon became the center of Henry II, King of England, vast continental holdings. The history here is amazing. Not only did Henry II... More 

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Wells, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

Firstly, it is a fortress, raherthan a chateau, so its listing is wrong. Excellent for children of all ages, although some of the videos explaining the history (French version) of the Plantagenets, are drawn out too much. There is a true sense of history here, with Joan of Arc haviing presented herself to the French Royal Court here. Excellent views... More 

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Buckinghamshire, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

On what was a damp day, we really enjoyed our visit, well worth the money with plenty laid on for the young. Games but also lots of stairs both up and down.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Designed to appeal to all age groups with good information boards this is well worth the effort if you enjoy visiting old buildings. An interesting twist on King Arthur and more conventional information on the Plantagenet's await the visitor. Its a shame they couldn't provide more information on more recent times but I guess there is only so much you... More 

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Hong Kong
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

A nice looking and grant castle. Enjoyable visit but I found it overkill on the replicated medieval displays, not my cup of tea. I rather it stays more genuine as a historical site than a theme park.

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Montgomery, Wales, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This chateau is beautifully set above the old town on Chinon. You approach it from the back and there is a good sized car park there. There is also a lift down to the old town. The chateau itself is set inside a large enclosure with lovely views of the river and you can explore the gardens and go into... More 

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SARATOGA CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

A lot of history has occurred in this rather modest castle, built in the 11th century. This is not a pleasure palace chateau, but rather a real, strategic seat of power for the rulers of England and Normandy. Childhood home of Richard the Lionhearted and his brother John (King John of Robin Hood fame). If you familiar with the movie... More 

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Genneteil, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

On one level I was disappointed with Chinon, considering how famous it is. It does not compare favourably with Chambord or Fontevreaux for example.However, I then remembered that we only paid 8.50 euros to get in, so for that money it is reasonable value. The grounds are pleasant, especially if it is a nice day. The views are magnificent, worth... More 

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Norwalk, CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

With all the life-size cartoonish cut-outs and fanciful connections to King Arthur, the Fortress of Chinon as currently restored is terrific for kids but potentially annoying for the serious history buff. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful and fascinating place to spend an afternoon. The gift shop has lots of interesting items, the restroom facilities are good, and there's a nice... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Set high on a hill is this lovely historic castle. Mostly just a structure but so full of English history and Joan of Arc. Special place above a lovely town and river!!!

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Address: Address: Avenue Francois Mitterand, France
Phone Number: 02-47-93-13-45
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Centre  >  Loire Valley

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