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Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire

Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites
Description: This 15th-century château, known for the wonderful views it provides of the Loire Valley, was once the home of Catherine de Medici.
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Northampton
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

It must have been tough for Diane de Poitiers to leave Chenonceau for Chaumont after being forced to "trade" with Catherine de Medici! This Chateau and out-buildings are gorgeous especially in the exterior. Do the standard tour on the inside, but beware of spending too much time inside if that means it will take away from your time spent walking... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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41 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This is a lovely Château to visit with well-kept gardens and a pleasant walk from the street-parking. The interior is well kept and there's multi-lingual explanations of what is on display.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The chateaux itself is nice without being anything too unique on the Loire, but the art exhibition that is in the apartments at the top of the chateaux is really something. The rooms have not been 'beautified' as is so often the case in the chateaux, so its really nice to see the derelict walls and floorboards, juxtaposed with some... More

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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

we " did " five of the Loire Chateaux in 3 days and this was perhaps the most beautiful of them set in a great position overlooking the Loire with large and lovely gardens and good cultural and food facilities - the interior of the Chateau is also well worth a visit

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This was the second chateau that we saw. The first was chateau Chenonceau which as been lovingly maintained throughout the years. This one has a wonderful exterior. However inside you can see how it has been re-purposed throughout the years. 25% of the interior is in near original condition. The rest of it has been altered and not for the... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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123 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

The walk up to the chateau is a long, gentle climb, with wide stairs the entire way--this could be a real challenge for those with mobility issues. Once you reach the top of the access, you'll begn to see the many art installations that abound. Some are wonderful extensions of the environment, while others seem out of touch with the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

First built as a fort because of its location, the chateau was later built as a residence. It is high on a hill which you have to walk up. As it was getting late and I was too tired and had still to face the walk down, we did not fully explore the grounds. There does not appear to be... More

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Paris
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Just 20 kilometres from where we were staying in Amboise the castle is beautiful though the interior is more an interpretation of what it once was. The gardens and other buildings are fabulous. Not as crowded as other sites but very well worth a visit.

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Cambridge
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223 reviews 223 reviews
41 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Stunning castle, lots to see inside with stunning gardens and out-buildings (stables), and stunning views over the Loire. You could easily spend a whole day here. A huge garden exhibition (a la Chelsea Flower Show) was fun. The audio guide is well done and worthwhile.

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Canberra, Australia
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248 reviews 248 reviews
143 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We biked from Amboise to the Chateau. Such beautiful country side riding through provincial farms, quaint villages, forests, vineyards, sunflower fields, hay bails (like those Van Gough painted!), polite drivers and friendly cyclists! The Chateau De Chaumont-sur-Loir is a 15th century castle that is very picturesque with beautiful windows. The history is fascinating and the intricate details are amazing -... More

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