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Chateau de Chinon

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Ranked #24 of 152 attractions in Loire Valley
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Besides its place in history with Joan of Arc,the House of Anjou and the English Crown...its sad that the remains are almost as fragmentary as those of Richard the Lion- heart's great castle in Normandy. Its a natural redoubt protected by high cliffs to the south and steep gullies to the north and west. It is this that impresses above... More

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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20 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Approaching the Chateau/castle up a steep hill, there's a car park on the left opposite the entrance, with an upper overflow area if the main car park gets too crowded. Directly opposite is a small, modern bakery that is a hive of activity all day, it seems. They do some pretty good sandwiches and cakes too, so if you feel... More

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Brit in Paris
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149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

There is more to this ruined chateau than you initially think . It is in fact three castles built at different times . Obviously as it is mainly ruins there is very little in the way of furnishings . Make sure you pick up an English language leaflet although there are some panels in English too . For children there... More

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Chinon, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

An incredible experience with impressive use of multi media bridging old and new technology in a seamless way to transport you back in to history. The display of dragons offers a fun experience not only for children, but young hearted late twenty year olds as well. A fantastic afternoon adventure with lovely views of Chinon below.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

A great castle, imposing at the top of the town with a real feel of strength and dominance as of course it was during the Anjevin period. Anyhow it has a wealth of history and a magnificent history worthy of great tales of valour, treachery and of course organised violence. The castle has been improved over the last 15 years... More

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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We were disappointed at this attraction The views from the Chateau are good and I can see that a lot of money and effort has been put into restoring the Chateau. I realise it has great historic significance. The disappointment was the bare rooms where you sat and watched a film explaining the history of the Chateau. OK if you... More

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Carlsbad, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Dating back to 10th century, on the bank of Vienne river, lies the Fortress of Chinon. It comprise of three castles: Fort Coudroy, Middle Castle and Fort Saint George. The most impressive is the Clock Tower, than the Coudroy Tower (The Keep) used as a prison, than the Mill Tower and the Watchtower. The Royal Quarters were in the Middle... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The royal fortress of Chinon is built high on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Vienne and the town. The outcrop has been occupied since the Palaeolithic era with the current ruins built on the foundations of a fort built by the Romans. Very important historically the royal fortress lay in ruins for many years, with partial restoration work only... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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20 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

I met my American wife, Caroline, at the ruined castle in Chinon, so we have been regular return visitors over recent years. Those visits have tracked the changes that have taken place, with so much money having been spent on restoring this iconic building - the site of Richard the Lionheart's death and Joan of Arc's meeting the Dauphin. It's... More

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Sydney, Australia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Chinon Chateau is a simple fortress with a complex and significant history. Good film clips provide great atmospheric explanations of some of the key historical players and the events. Not being a student of history, these media presentations certainly enhanced by undertanding and enjoyment. The panorama from the fortress over the town and river Vienne are not to be missed... More

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