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Chateau de Chinon

Address: Avenue Francois Mitterand, France
Phone Number: 02-47-93-13-45
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Ranked #32 of 154 Attractions in Loire Valley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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253 reviews 253 reviews
186 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
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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72 reviews 72 reviews
3 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
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
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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196 attraction reviews
306 helpful votes 306 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
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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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
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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60 reviews 60 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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Waller, Texas, United States
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

amazing the history of this place. breathtaking views from above. lots of old history to learn! Quaint little town. Lots of wineries and wine tasting around

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Boston, Massachusetts
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37 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Lots of ramparts and steep stone walkways...be careful. The place is important for its association with Joan of Arc. The chateau now has a multimedia system that doesn't really cut it. In the first hall, video is projected on walls that seem like tiny cubicle walls. In the next room the video covers the story of a Joan coming to... More 

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