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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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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Wonderful Location

The 'Chateau' set on the hill can be seen from many miles around and is a striking fortress. The approach by foot from Chinon is from a square to a lift (installed several years... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 5, 2015
John M

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30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 NEW

The 'Chateau' set on the hill can be seen from many miles around and is a striking fortress. The approach by foot from Chinon is from a square to a lift (installed several years ago thank goodness) up to the walkway leading to the first of the three fortifications through the arch of the clocktower to the information and ticket... More 

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Cambridge UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

If you are visiting the Loire and visiting all the grand châteaux don't get confused. This is a ruined castle and a jolly good one at that. Super ruins and towers with a fantastic views. Was somewhat irritated at their hijacking of the King Arthur legend , but Lancelot was French so maybe? So if you like castles yes,fancy châteaux... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

A beautiful mediaval Castele on the top of the hill at Chinon. Once the residence of the English- french kings. beautful view over the river valley. Worth wile

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We walked up from the main square to the free lift then to the Chateau. The view over Chinon was magnificent. The Chateau has been beautifully restored and there is many different buildings to explore. There are small movies giving the history King Arthur and the round table, Merlin the magician, Joan of Arc, the sword Excalibur in the stone... More 

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London, ON
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

The chateau of Chinon sits on a hill overlooking the valley of the Vienne and the town of Chinon. A stroll through the old town is worthwhile. This was our second visit here and our initial opinion still holds! As to the castle itself, it presents a fabulous sight from the town below. In our opinion, once you are past... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

The fortress is nice to visit with children; there are many games, figurines, open spaces, the garden where they can play a medieval game, similar to baseball. There are two major themes: the legend of King Arthur and the battles of Joan of Arc. The reproductions of the Round Table and of the medieval chambers inside the main tower are... More 

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Fareham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Not a bad castle bearing in mind most of the Loire valley ones seemed to be a bit rusty round the wings. But swing that they have tried hard here to display the history of the place with multimedia shows, but then throw in some flaky King Arthur legends stuff although might have been a bit amusing for the kids... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Maybe we are getting a little bit jaded when it comes to chateaux, but we though Chinon was not worth the gas it took to drive here. The fortifications are mostly ruins...and not very interesting ruins at that. They have added a lame King Arthur theme to the visit, and there are wooden cutout knights standing around and an attempt... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Chinon is easily accessible by train from Tours with a nice gentle stroll into town past the Joan dArc Statue. From there we hiked up the hill, cheating part of the way by using the lift that had been more recently built – however, if you would rather the stairs are also available for use. A huge structure that over... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We were somewhat disappointed and confused by what they are trying to achieve here. It has great historical importance with Joan of Arc and the English kings but they have added in Arthur and the round table to interest the kids. Thankfully this will finish soon and it will return to real history.

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