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Chateau of Chateaudun

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Address: Place Jehan de Dunois, 28200, Chateaudun, France
Phone Number: 02 37 94 02 90

Standing some 60 metres above the Loir valley, the Château features a rare...

Standing some 60 metres above the Loir valley, the Château features a rare succession of medieval, Gothic and Renaissance architectural elements including two open staircases overlooking the courtyard. The beautifully preserved interior houses a fine collection of tapestries. The Gothic Sainte-Chapelle, built by Dunois, contains some outstanding sculpted statues. A mediaeval kitchen garden has recently been laid out at the foot of the main keep to illustrate how herbs and spices were used in the cuisine and medicines of the Middle Ages. Open: > 2nd May to 30th June: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. > 1st July to 4th September: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6.15 p.m. > 5th September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 1 hour before closing time. Closed: > 1st January, 1st May 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

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An interesting castle to see

This castle is well worth the entrance fee. There are interpretative signs in English. I visited the castle in July 2015

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2016
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Mollina, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

They are missing out on providing a great experience here. Lovely chateaux but no furniture, just great big empty rooms. Just a load of period dresses hanging about. They could have done so much more. At €5. 00 a person you can wander round in 15 minutes unless you take the guided tour which is in French only and you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

This castle is well worth the entrance fee. There are interpretative signs in English. I visited the castle in July 2015

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

I am a sucker for both medieval and renaissance. Chateaudun is a great example of how these castles evolved. From the 12th century donjon to the middle wing to the renaissance wing. You take a self-guided tour. The place surprised me - I have been to many of the "great" chateaux - and this place has some huge rooms with... More 

Thank Marcie M
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

It was clean and had an interesting Medieval garden. The rooms were all empty. Only part of it was open. I wouldn't go out of my way to see it.

Thank courtney106
Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

Perched over the river this impressive chateau perhaps disappoints a little inside as it is in the main unfurnished. However it is very reasonably priced and the tapestry display is good. Staff are friendly but there didn't seem to be any English speaking tours at this time of the year in fact there were very few tourists altogether. Maybe in... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

It is a lovely castle, not your typical one perched on a hill but rather one you could have imagined people living in. I wish there were more English explanations. Great for photography.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Chateaudun is a small town with two main attractions - the Grottes at the bottom of the cliff and the castle at the top. Neither is especially close to the station or the vaguely termed 'Halte Routiere' (actually by the Piscine / swimming pool) for the bus from Chartres (Transbeauce route 3 or fare 3.55 euros each way for the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I visited this château early on a rainy morning. At 11am I took the tour of the keep, which was the oldest, more Medieval part. The tour was in French and it was very informative, lasting about 1 hour, I'm not sure if they do it in English too. Afterwards I visited the newer part of the château which is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

From outside it looks more impressive than many of 3/3 rated castles in the Loire area. We were on the way to Chartres, therefore we stopped here just for a walk around the castle rock. And it was worth that stop.

Thank Jeremy C
Reading, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Empty rooms. This castle was neglected for centuries and some of it cannot be visited. Dunois is a fascinating character (I can't say what his French title was because this site regards the expression as profane!! - an idiotic spell check in the circumstances since that was what he was always known as). There is a lot of what I... More 

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