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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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Fanciful fun for kids

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Norwalk, CT
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Norwalk, CT
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78 reviews 78 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 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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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Wonderfully constructed and restored fortress once manned by the Knights of the Templar. It commands a strategic overlook to the River Vienne and valley below. Have good audio/video accounts of the various structures and history. Parking can be difficult if you are here during high demand times--suggest a late afternoon visit. The midieval town of Chinon below the fortress is... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Great place to visit if you are on a Loire Castles tour - even if it is along the river Vienne - check as early as possible the opening hours to avoid disappointments - take the free elevator uphill which is ideal for groups with elderly people, people with handicaps or families with very small children

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Tours, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This is a medieval castle that is nothing like its fancy renaissance counterparts. It was made for war and to dominate the landscape.It was the seat of the Plantagenets, Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard the Lionheart and squabbling siblings. Later, it was where Joan of Arc recognised the Dauphin that led to the final push to boot the English... More 

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

A good place to visit. You should think about how it would be here in the medieval time. Think of a journey into the past, it can be very pleasurable and difficult for some. Come here and try.

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Skipton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Visited with my grandson, who had a great time up and down the many sets of stairs, oh how I wish I was 6 again!!!

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Adelaide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We were lucky to be advised by the Tourist Office in Chinon that an English speaking tour commenced at the time we planned on visiting the Fortress. It turns out that we had our guide Marie (a Chinon local) all to ourselves. She was excellent - asking questions to ascertain what we would like to learn and see, and sharing... More 

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Saint-Just-Luzac, France
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We had fled from Fontevrault the previous day because it was bitterly cold, so it was a wonderful surprise to find a heated chateau ! Nice walk up to it from the town, or you can go in the lift (free).

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This is a large ancient castle that was started in the 10th century. Go up the tower at the main gate for a nice view. There are a few buildings you can tour. The furnishings are sparse and everything is in French, so don’t expect a well-furnished castle. There are multimedia shows that take away from the experience as most... More 

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