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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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Guildford
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72 reviews 72 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This year the gardens were about the 7 sins with a new them each year. It's almost like RHS Chelsea so it's a must for keen gardeners (and for those not so not so keen). The chateau is beautifully located overlooking le Loir. The audio-guide explains everything so well and adds to the enjoyment of the visit. After the visit... More

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Limoges, France
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68 reviews 68 reviews
10 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

A stunning location, overlooking the Loire. Good value for money, as ,in addition to the chateau and grounds, there`s the International Garden festival.An excellent day out.......with facilities for eating on-site.

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Saumur, France
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is NOT a review of the Chateau, but just of the gardens which have the theme of 'Sin' this year. There are 24 gardens which are renewed each year on a different theme and I have to say this year is not the best. There are several very good gardens, but none has the wow factor. Nevertheless this is... More

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Central Coast, NSW, Australia
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345 reviews 345 reviews
251 attraction reviews
279 helpful votes 279 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Chaumont is a wonderfully located chateau. It sits overlooking the village below with a narrow line of houses between the river Loire and the escarpment the chateau is on. The chateau is nice for a visit with pretty gardens. It's not the best in the Loire, but the town and views looking towards Chaumont from across the river are amongst... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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143 reviews 143 reviews
55 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We visited several chateaus during our trip through the Loire Valley, and while they all do a serviceable job at bringing their histories to life, Chateau de Chaumont went beyond that, showcasing artwork that commented on the chateau itself, while also hosting the incredible garden festivals on the grounds around the castle. First of all, this is a beautiful chateau... More

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Pacifica, California
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214 reviews 214 reviews
90 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

we didn't know about this castle and were told we should go there due to the setting and the fact that it's rooms are furnished. wow, what a place! you enter the property via a 10 min walk up a path. the Loire is in full view the whole time. at the top of the hill, you see all the... More

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Reading, UK
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61 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Very grand but not as friendly as some! Lots of historical information - it belonged to Agnel Sorel, who was given it by Catherine de Medici. Some pretentious art exhibits in some of the outbuildings - fine if you like that sort of thing! We would have explored the gardens if it had not been raining, which was a sadness... More

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australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We caught a train from Tours, thinking that we could get a taxi from the station at Chaumont to the castle. No taxis, just in case you were thinking of trying to do the same. It's about a 3-4 km walk from the station. Ordinarily this would have been ok for me but as I had my older Mum with... More

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France
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Great place to visit. The chateau is really interesting, although there are better ones that have been fully restored. However the gardens are really superb and needs lots of time, at least three or four hours, to fully view all the different areas. As a package it is great value.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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84 reviews 84 reviews
31 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

This is the dumbest castle tour we've ever been on in any country. We've seen dozens of castles & this one was the most frustrating, over-priced and stupid tour ever. Just inside the front door is a collection of brochures, signs & other written materials which means that every single person entering the chateau has to stop IN the doorway... More

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