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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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lovely and warm

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 31, 2015
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Saint-Just-Luzac, France
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Adelaide
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136 reviews 136 reviews
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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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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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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

A very worthwhile excursion to this historic fortress & chateau. Wonderful views over medieval Chinon and the river valley. The chateau was hosting very illuminating exhibitions on both the Knights Templars & Joan of Arc during our visit. An enjoyable visit to a venue steeped in regional history.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

If you haven't got a lot of time in France and you are looking for a place which has many examples of what is classic French, then Chinon is the place for you.The Chateau has a wonderful visual display of its History,involving Henry 11, Joan of Arc,Richard the Lion Heart and Prince John amongst others.A great free tour at 11AM... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The Château de Chinon is located on a cliff above the Vienne River in the medieval town of Chinon, France. Chinon is located about 30 miles southwest of Tours, France. If you are staying in Chinon it is easy to go up the hill and reach the castle using the towns outside elevator. We parked in a free parking lot... More 

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New York City, New York, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to the Château de Chinon very much. I was very interested to see this castle as it played a significant role in history. The displays throughout provided helpful information about the significance and enhanced our appreciation of the place.

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Not only is the castle and its grounds wonderful and atmospheric, but they have installed an elevator from the town square so that you don't have to hike up there, a clever and functional idea I have never seen anywhere else. It isn't that big a hike, but still - what a concept. The gift shop is great also, as... More 

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We decided to tour the fortress since we needed a change of pace from the beautiful chateaus we visited. The fortress is very impressive on the exterior but nothing much to see on the inside. The views from the top of the fortress were spectacular. After visiting the fortress we went into town and walked around. The town is charming... More 

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This ancient royal castle sits perched above the town of Chinon. The site would be worth a visit just to see what's left of it, but it includes some wonderful videos and informative recordings about the history of the castle, the areas involvement in the 100 Years War and Joan of Arc's visit to the town. I love places like... More 

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