We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Top things to do in Loire Valley

Name
Book a Tour
$257* and up
Ranked #1 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Landmarks
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for its high-Gothic art and architectural style.
Map | Visitor photos (708)
Chateau de Chenonceau (Chenonceaux)
Book a Tour
$188* and up
Ranked #2 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Castles; Museums; Gardens
Beautiful country villa surrounded by a moat and inspired by the Italian Renaissance.
Map | Visitor photos (1607)
Ranked #3 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Castles; Historic Sites; Gardens
A monumental countryside villa surrounded by world-famous gardens, organized in the classic French Renaissance style.
Map | Visitor photos (595)
A Dos d'Ane (Tour-en-Sologne)
Ranked #4 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Equestrian Trails
Owner description: Trekking with a donkey, another way to visit the Valley of the Loire treasures. A DOS D’ANE offers an original way to... more » Owner description: Trekking with a donkey, another way to visit the Valley of the Loire treasures. A DOS D’ANE offers an original way to discover Tour-en-Sologne and its chateaux. Alone, with family or friends, discover the enjoyment of riding at the pace of the donkey. Information Open all the year round Half a day or more 2 to 7 day tours possible Predefined routes according to your needs Tariff from 25 € per donkey For all ages, children from 2 years old Equipment provided « less
Map | Visitor photos (63)
Ranked #5 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Biking Trails
Visitor photos (11)
Chateau de l'Islette (Azay-le-Rideau)
Ranked #6 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Castles; Landmarks
Map | Visitor photos (46)
Ranked #7 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Architectural Buildings; Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
Owner description: A destination for pilgrims for over a thousand years, the Cathedral of Chartres, located on the plain of Beauce, was severely... more » Owner description: A destination for pilgrims for over a thousand years, the Cathedral of Chartres, located on the plain of Beauce, was severely damaged by a number of fires. The façade and one of the spires date from the 12th century, the second spire was built in the 16th century on a 12th century base while the nave and chancel go back to the 13th century. From the top of the Jehan de Beauce tower, visitors can enjoy superb views of the surrounding country and take a close-up look at the Cathedral’s Gothic architecture. Cathedral designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open:> 2nd May to 31st August: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st September to 30th April: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed:> Sunday mornings.> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups « less
Map | Visitor photos (58)
Ranked #8 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Map | Visitor photos (41)
Book a Tour
$181* and up
Ranked #9 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Castles; Landmarks
Map | Visitor photos (425)
Chateau de Meung sur Loire (Meung-sur-Loire)
Ranked #10 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Castles; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Owner description: L'authentique chateau de la Vallee des Rois du XIII siecle. Aux portes de Chambord, du raffinement de ses salons aux... more » Owner description: L'authentique chateau de la Vallee des Rois du XIII siecle. Aux portes de Chambord, du raffinement de ses salons aux inquietants souterrains, vous serez etonnes en decouvrant ce chateau prive avec ses pieces meublees, les souterrains, ses plus de 2000 objets exposes et les illustres personnages qui y ont sejourne... « less
Map | Visitor photos (31)
Ranked #11 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Nature and Parks
Map | Visitor photos (72)
Ranked #12 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums
Owner description: At the invitation of Francis I, Leonardo da Vinci came to live at the Château du Clos Lucé and stayed here for the last three... more » Owner description: At the invitation of Francis I, Leonardo da Vinci came to live at the Château du Clos Lucé and stayed here for the last three years of his life, devoting himself to perfecting his inventions. Leonardo was prolific and inspired, working as an engineer, architect and theatrical director, organising lavish festivities for the Court. At his residence 300 metres from the Château Royal, he drew up plans for a model château for Francis I in Romorantin and designed the double-helix open staircase in the Château de Chambord.The Château du Clos Lucé is dedicated to showing and explaining to the public the great knowledge acquired by the Italian Maestro.  « less
Map | Visitor photos (515)
Book a Tour
$485* and up
Ranked #13 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
Map | Visitor photos (184)
Maurice Dufresne Museum (Azay-le-Rideau)
Ranked #14 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Museums
Map | Visitor photos (18)
Book a Tour
$284* and up
Ranked #15 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Castles; Historic Sites; History Museums; Gardens
Owner description: With the dawning of the Renaissance, the mighty medieval fortress of Amboise gave way to a royal residence, during the reigns... more » Owner description: With the dawning of the Renaissance, the mighty medieval fortress of Amboise gave way to a royal residence, during the reigns of the Kings of France Charles VIII and François I. The Court, a large number of men and women of letters and European artists, stayed here on invitation from the sovereigns, one example being Leonardo da Vinci who lies here in peace in the Château’s Chapel.This place of high renown in the History of France boasts an exceptional collection of Gothic and Renaissance furniture illustrating the artistic finery of the first French Renaissance. After a visit of the Royal House and the impressive Cavalry Towers, the walk continues in the magnificent panoramic gardens overlooking the Loire river. « less
Map | Visitor photos (656)
Ranked #16 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
Map | Visitor photos (17)
Ranked #17 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
Map | Visitor photos (118)
Ranked #18 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Neighborhoods; Other
Map | Visitor photos (45)
Ranked #19 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Map | Visitor photos (13)
Ranked #20 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Castles; Historic Sites; Landmarks
In the royal city, youy can visit the dungeons and a royal lodge.
Map | Visitor photos (155)
Book a Tour
$188* and up
Ranked #21 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Castles; Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Chambord is the emblem of the French Renaissance through Europe and the world. The Domain of Chambord is made up of the... more » Owner description: Chambord is the emblem of the French Renaissance through Europe and the world. The Domain of Chambord is made up of the château, a village, farms and a wooded area. The domain of Chambord is completely enclosed within a wall, all 5,440 hectares of it. That’s the equivalent of the city of Paris! It is the largest enclosed forest in Europe. The entire site has been the property of the state since 1930; when the public estate was created, article 230 of the law dated 23 February 2005 stated that the possessions making up the domain were given over to it without restriction or exceptions. « less
Map | Visitor photos (1169)
Ranked #22 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Landmarks
This is an incredible architectural feat - we traveled over the bridge in a canal boat and then went back to bike on it.
Map | Visitor photos (33)
Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire (Chaumont-sur-Loire)
Ranked #23 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Castles; Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Less than 200 kilometres south of Paris, nestling between the cities of Tours and Blois, is a haven of poetry. A natural... more » Owner description: Less than 200 kilometres south of Paris, nestling between the cities of Tours and Blois, is a haven of poetry. A natural oasis, a headland stretching out 40 metres above the wild Loire, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, owned by the Centre Region, welcomes the public all year round to its chateau and park and, from April to the end of October, to the unmissable International Garden Festival. Whatever the season, the chateau - once the home of Catherine de Medici, Diane de Poitiers and Princess de Broglie - beckons you indoors to admire its welcoming and lavishly furnished interiors. The International Garden Festival has been providing a unique panorama of landscape design all over the world since 1992. At the same time a source of ideas and a nursery for talent, the Festival gives an extra boost to the art of gardens and gains the interest of both the public and those in the trade by displaying new flower arrangements, new materials, new ideas and new approaches. The diversity and the high quality of the projects have contributed to the Festival's international reputation, which has become an indisputable meeting place for displaying the work of a new generation of landscape gardeners, architects, designers or gardeners. « less
Map | Visitor photos (206)
Ranked #24 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Museums
Map | Visitor photos (35)
Book a Tour
$285* and up
Ranked #25 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Open every day of the year ! The medieval fortress dominates the village with its austere facade. But don't be daunted: the... more » Owner description: Open every day of the year ! The medieval fortress dominates the village with its austere facade. But don't be daunted: the open drawbridge is an invitation to enter into the refined lodgings of a great lord. It is the most fully furnished castle of the Loire Valley. The hushed ambiance of the rooms and the splendor of the great reception halls will plunge you into the daily life of a 15th century prince. You will relive the event that distinguished the history of the locale: the wedding of Charles VIII and Anne of Brittany, recreated with strikingly realistic wax figures.In the park, you will discover the recreated construction site of France's oldest keep. The promenade, punctuated with playgrounds and the tree house, can be followed through cedars and sequoias to the gazebo overlooking the Loire. « less
Map | Visitor photos (149)
Ranked #26 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Castles; Landmarks
Owner description: Visites libres avec notice explicative en Francais, Anglais, Allemand, Espagnol, Italien ou Neerlandais, et signaletique dans... more » Owner description: Visites libres avec notice explicative en Francais, Anglais, Allemand, Espagnol, Italien ou Neerlandais, et signaletique dans les jardins en Francais et Anglais. Du 1er avril au 30 avril : 10h - 18h Du 1er mai au 30 septembre : 10h - 19h Du 1er octobre au 2 novembre : 10h - 18h Derniere admission : 45 minutes avant la fermeture Visite guidee (1h30) possible toute l'annee, pour les groupes sur reservation. Tarifs : Adultes : 10 € Enfants (de 5 ans a 16 ans) : 7 € Etudiants ( moins de 25 ans) : 8,50 € Groupes Scolaires : 5,5 € Groupes adultes (plus de 20) : 8,50 € Boutique, produits regionaux, boissons et restaurant. « less
Map | Visitor photos (104)
Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau (Azay-le-Rideau)
Ranked #27 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Castles; Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Standing on an island in the middle of the Indre River, the Château of Azay-le-Rideau was built during the reign of François... more » Owner description: Standing on an island in the middle of the Indre River, the Château of Azay-le-Rideau was built during the reign of François I by a rich financier, Gilles Berthelot, who wanted his fabulous new home to combine the latest technical innovations from Italy and the art of French architecture. The Château is a jewel of the early Renaissance and in the evenings during July and August, its romantic gardens come alive as the setting of the special night tour: "The Magic Mirror". New! The castle opens the doors to its roof. Come admire the exceptional 16th century roofwork. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open:> 1st April to 30th June: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st July to 31st August: from 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.> 1st to 30th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.> 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 15 minutes before closing time. Last entry in the château 45 min before closing time. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 8,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups « less
Map | Visitor photos (228)
Ranked #28 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Map | Visitor photos (17)
Book a Tour
$485* and up
Ranked #29 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Castles; Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: The Royal Château of Blois is your gateway into the Val de LoireThe Royal Château of Blois is the first important place to... more » Owner description: The Royal Château of Blois is your gateway into the Val de LoireThe Royal Château of Blois is the first important place to discover as you come from Paris. It is a true synthesis of the art and history of the Loire Valley châteaux, and makes it an ideal introduction for your visit.The rich architecture of the four different wings echoes the diversity of styles of the many châteaux built in the Loire Valley from the Middle Ages to the 17th Century. « less
Map | Visitor photos (361)
Abbaye de Fleury (Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire)
Ranked #30 of 154 attractions in Loire Valley
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Visitor photos (2)
Trusted travel advice about Loire Valley