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Chateau de Chinon

Avenue Francois Mitterand, France
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Ranked #29 of 166 attractions in Loire Valley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
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English first
North Essex, U.K.
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168 reviews 168 reviews
58 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We visited this chateau 27 years ago, with our two children and it made a huge impact on me then. Last week we returned, as a family of three generations this time!! It has undergone several years of renovation - this could have had a negative impact, had it been done poorly. HOWEVER, it has been done expertly and sympathetically... More

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Southampton - UK
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Chinon Castle...simply wow !! One of the best presentations I have seen in all my exploring. The Templars exhibition which is on until September 2014 is superb with great translations into English, something which many other major attractions lack. The use of technology keeps it interactive and highly interesting. The views are superb, I just cannot fault the place. BEST... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This was once a very impressive castle, Allthough much of the walls and towers are in ruins, it is still possible to have a good impression. There is not much of an interior, this is made good with an interesting display of the impressive history - with French and English kings as inhabitants. Me and my daughter enjoyed several hours... More

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Bury, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We couldn't believe how long we spent here, from the outside it appears to be a sparse collection of ruins but once inside there seems to be somewhere else to explore around every corner. With audio and visual displays in both French and English there is no problem for monolingual Brits/Americans etc to understand the history of the castle and... More

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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Our family (with small children) so enjoyed our visit to Chinon. There is a relaxed and friendly atmosphere & we enjoyed an impromptu brief picnic (an essential toddler snack) on the grass in the the centre of the castle. The views fantastic and a great effort to impart the historic relevance in a contemporary manner - 7 through to 70... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Although most of this castle has been destroyed, its standing towers have been restored and offer self-guided visits of very interesting multimedia exhibits. We arrived at 6:30 pm on one of the few weekends in July when the grounds are open until 1 am for a night show of lights. A great deal for 4.5 euro per person instead of... More

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Doncaster, England
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We had a great afternoon visiting the Castle at Chinon. I'm not really into history but the the way the facts are presented here told the story in a way that was informative and interesting. You get a guide book in your own language and can position it over the exhibits so that you hear the story in that language.... More

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
24 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Because we had visited Chateau du Rivau the day before, and retained our entrance tickets, we only paid 6euros50, which was a bargain compared to the prices charged by some chateaux. The guide book has a piece of plastic inside the cover, which you swipe over various exhibits which then describe to you, in your own language, some of the... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Interesting visit to Chateau of Chinon. Part of the chateau is in ruins. In the standing buildings, including the Royal Palace, they have added arty exhibitions / information features on key periods in the chateau's history. I found the video / audio exhibitions a little too long in places or perhaps not as captivating as they could have been. Particular... More

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Minneapolis, mn
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76 reviews 76 reviews
21 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I've wanted to visit this site since I was in high school. I love history and I'm a total Plantagenet geek. (If you were depicted in _The Lion in Winter_, I've probably read at least one bio of you.) The fortress of Chinon was begun by Henry II. It lay at the boundary of three important regions among his possessions--Anjou,... More

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