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Chateau de Chinon

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Address: Avenue Francois Mitterand, 37500, France
Phone Number: 02-47-93-13-45
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Knights of the round table

This Chateau has a lot of history so it's not that boring for everybody, children included. There is Merlins cave with all his concoctions, King Arthur & his Knights of the round... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 9, 2015
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Perth, Australia
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Brant Beach, NJ
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The pictures online looked so pretty, I had to visit, but this is a poorly restored castle with cheesy King Arthur paraphilia everywhere. Cute place for kids to run around, but if you're vacationing with minimal time, this is not worth any of it. The town below is very quaint, and taking pics across the river of the castle overlooking... More 

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Brisbane
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33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We were staying in Tours and caught the train to Chinon to visit the Chateau. Definitely worth the visit, great information at the castle and interactive sound and visual displays. Very easy to do in a day!

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Perth, Australia
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48 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015 via mobile

This Chateau has a lot of history so it's not that boring for everybody, children included. There is Merlins cave with all his concoctions, King Arthur & his Knights of the round table. If you want you can try to get Excaliber the famous sword out of the rock. It also has a movie of different period times when the... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

This mock castle comes complete with the story of the Knights of the round table in a multitude of languages, thanks to modern technology. It is a must for any history buff so long as you accept it with tongue in cheek.....it is a story after all. Those who struggle with stairs should avoid this one, although I did see... More 

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Thank halltours
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84 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Castle is a English military fortress. Not the luxury Chateau many expect. Richard the lionhearted and his mother Queen Elinor of Aquitaine resided here. Yes it's dilapidated and under repair. This is more of a history buffs must see.

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Thank Joyce P
Singapore/San Francisco
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65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We came to Chinon for the wine, but the castle was a great surprise. Very well intact and massive, this castle had extreme importance during the late middle ages and early renaissance (Joan of Arc even came here). The town is adorable and we ate at a wonderful restaurant, worth the trip itself, but the castle was one of the... More 

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Buddina, Australia
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

As others have noted this is more of dilapidated fortress than a chateau, but there is plenty of history here which is brought to life by the many exhibits. We joined a 60 minute walking tour which proved to be very interesting. But the best thing about this place is the magnificent views over the town below and the surrounding... More 

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New Hampshire
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120 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

My wife and I recently visited the chateau in Chinon and very much enjoyed the experience. The views from the chateau are stunning and the old towers were interesting to see and walk through. There is a fair amount of information made available to the visitor. As has been pointed out in other posts, do not think "grand chateau" when... More 

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Prescot
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36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

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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104 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

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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