Château Royal d'Amboise

Château Royal d'Amboise: Hours, Address, Château Royal d'Amboise Reviews: 4.5/5

Château Royal d'Amboise
4.5
Historic Sites • Castles
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Curtis S
Kingsport, TN2,440 contributions
The final resting place of DaVinci… 'nuff said
Aug 2021
One of many fine chateaus in the region, this one has a famous person interred in the chapel outside. The tour through the chateau is filled with interesting characters and architecture. The chateau is located high above the Loire River, overlooking the town of Amboise. Wander around the grounds and make sure to visit LDV’s grave. A stroll through town reveals shops, cafes, and bars… Plenty to keep you amused. Parking will likely be an issue, but there are cheap paid lots along the main road and free parking on the back streets if you’re willing to search. Recommended
Written October 15, 2021
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A huge thank for your post Curtis! Hope we wil see you again in Amboise.
Written October 18, 2021
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jclin10
NYC68 contributions
Beautiful chateau and fascinating glimpse into French history
Jun 2021
A spectacular and beautiful chateau, rich with history and intrigue, in an entertaining and inviting castle town. We happened to arrange a private tour with a guide, Claire, through the Tours office of tourism, and she was amazing (we would very much recommend her) — full of fascinating facts and highly engaging, even with our children (11 and 9 years old). She made the history of the French Renaissance come alive and that alone was worth the entire experience.
Written September 5, 2021
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A huge thank for your visit! See you soon!
Written September 6, 2021
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iamjago
Drunen, The Netherlands92 contributions
Super wheelchair friendly a must see
Sep 2021 • Couples
A must see castle. My wife is in a wheelchair and this is perfectly organized. Go to the website and pre order tickets for disabled and partner. There you find an adress at Rue d’ Augustine. At the end of this route you find a gate with a push to call button. Press it and a very friendly man comes to open the gate for you. And takes you inside the castle courtyard. Check my foto’s. The best place to park you car ever. Most part of the castle you can visit together. The also have an elevator and suitable toilets. Perfect. Have fun there
Written September 1, 2021
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Thank you so much for your post! Good to read that everything gone fine for your visit :-) > The addresse for disable visitors is at the end of the Augustin Thierry Street. See you soon!
Written September 2, 2021
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Frances B
Yorkshire, UK767 contributions
A truly stunning and very historical château
Jul 2021 • Solo
I have to say I stumbled across Château Royal d’Amboise. I had chosen to stay in Amboise based on its location next to the Loire and was thrilled to discover this amazing château.
The morning of my visit visitors to the château were sparse. It cost me €13 to enter and having now been around the building and its gardens, I feel this is excellent value.
Once I had paid the entrance fee I was offered a computer tablet programmed in my chosen language to accompany my visit. This was included in the entrance fee and made the trip really fun and interactive. The tablet links in with your location within the château or grounds and provides further information. What I particularly loved though was it’s ability to provide you with a 360 degree view in certain areas, of what life would have been like back in the 15th Century, being stood where you were. I thought this technology was very clever.
The château is immaculately kept. The architecture is stunning and it felt special to be able to visit the chapel where Leonardo Da Vinci is buried.
I also loved the gardens. They are so well designed and manicured.
The views from the château are superb. Depending on where you are stood you may be overlooking the old part of Amboise town or the Loire.
There is also a cafe located near to the entrance of the château and a lovely shop to browse around, as you exit the building.
I highly recommend a visit here. You can obviously spend as long as you like here but equally see all you need to within a couple of hours (depending on how busy it is).
Written August 13, 2021
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A HUGE thank for your post, you are a stunning ambassador ofthe royal castle of Amboise !
Written August 16, 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,195 contributions
Great Chateau Tour
Jul 2021
We were staying in the area and chose this as one of the chateaux for a visit. Loved the information about Leonardo's stay here as a guest of the King. It is a beautiful property up on the hill with views.
Written August 11, 2021
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Thanks Thomas !
Written August 16, 2021
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Levi N
Fairfax, VA539 contributions
The best chateau in the Loire
Aug 2021 • Couples
This place was amazing. It's much better than Chateau Chambord. It's right in the middle of town. It cost about 14 euro per person. The tours are only in french but you probably wouldn't need one it's so well laid out. They also offer the histiopad to guide you but honestly the little pamphlet is more than sufficient. It offers amazing views of Amboise and the Loire. The path is also amazingly laid out. Historically, it crushes Chambord. It was the seat of French power for quite a while and the burial place of Leonardo da Vinci. You will have to show proof of vaccination to get in. It also wasn't nearly as crowded as Chambord. We loved our visit.
Written August 9, 2021
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A huge thank for your post! Hope we will see you again here in Amboise :-)
Written August 16, 2021
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Gotravel20
Pennsylvania102 contributions
Great attraction
Jul 2021
The chateau and the grounds are worth visiting even if you have only a couple hours in Amboise. They currently require proof of vaccination or negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of visit. A lot of history here if you are a history buff, the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci is supposed to be in the cathedral. The gardens are impressive, views from the grounds of the town and the Loire river are spectacular. The water spouts on the walls have a different animal head on them.
Written July 31, 2021
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Thanks Geetha, good to hear that you have enjoyed the visit! See you soon.
Written August 16, 2021
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XYUandbeyond
Cashel, Ireland180 contributions
Fascinating
Jul 2021
Brilliant views, gorgeous grounds fragranced by lavender. A hell of a hike up and down if you have mobility issues, but nevertheless well worth it
Written July 30, 2021
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Thanks a lot! See you soon in Amboise ;-)
Written August 16, 2021
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Turner S
Paris, France958 contributions
beautiful gardens
Jun 2021
From the down below, you don’t know what to expect of this chateau. When you walk up and enter the grounds, it’s as if you were transported to another world. They have done an excellent job creating a path through the chateau so you can efficiently see everything there is to offer. The gardens are amazing and you can’t take a bad picture. We didn’t use the iPad guide and still had an amazing experience.
Written July 4, 2021
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Steve D
Divonne-les-Bains, France604 contributions
We just loved this place
May 2021 • Couples
The first thing we liked was the iPad guide which was clever enough to know where we were in the castle. Very smart technology.

The route around was clearly marked. (This is not always the case)

The rooms and exhibits were all fascinating and you could feel yourself f
Going back in time.

A first class experience

Don’t miss it
Written June 18, 2021
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A huge thank for your post Steve! Hope we will see you again in Amboise! Have a nice summer.
Written June 21, 2021
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