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Address: Rue Balzac, 37190 Azay-le-Rideau, France
Phone Number: +33 2 47 45 42 04
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Standing on an island in the middle of the Indre River, the Château of...

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

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Amazing Walk-Up during Thunder Storm

On the day our river cruise arrived in Les Andelys, there was a thunder storm which brought heavy rain. The Chateau Gaillard built by King Richard the Lionheart in 1196 above the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a lovely chateau and even though some of it is covered due to the renovations, it is still worth visiting. In fact, the renovations allow you to look into the roof cavity and see the construction which we found very interesting. My main reason for writing this review is that they provide guided tours in English. We have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On the day our river cruise arrived in Les Andelys, there was a thunder storm which brought heavy rain. The Chateau Gaillard built by King Richard the Lionheart in 1196 above the town was our choice of sightseeing. In order to see it up-close, we braved the storm and the river of water came down the slope in order to... More 

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting chateau with various eras represented. It was great to be able to see the renovations to the roof. There is a superb exhibition next to the tea room which I don't think many visitors noticed. It had lots of fascinating videos of the renovation work. The gardens are very plain and had recently been flooded. Unfortunately this meant... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful setting, but currently covered with scaffolding. Always take the audio guide which provides great insights into the property and its history. A visit is highly recommended. One of the great chateau of the Loire.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very pretty chateau under significant exterior renovation at the moment, heavily covered with scaffolding - necessary of course but at the expense of what is otherwise an exceptionally pretty setting on the water. Interior worth the visit, many interesting rooms and decor.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a recent visit to this fairy-tale chateau with its elegant turrets we were struck by how much improvement had taken place to the property from a renovation programme that is still partly underway. Many years ago the chateau had been in a sorry state and had been quite shabby but today it is in far better shape and well... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I were so disappointed to arrive here to find that the half the façade of the chateau, both front and back was covered by scaffolding. I had expected to take some beautiful photos of the exteriors, only to be thwarted by the scaffolding. There are better chateaus to visit that are not covered by scaffolding.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had wanted to visit Azay-le-Rideau for years. I chose the wrong time, since it is undergoing very necessary major renovations. Most of the building is wrapped in scaffolding. Since the view over the lake is the major attraction for this chateau, it is not so impressive right now. The chateau itself is old and it shows the need for... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Chateaux, to me, are like visiting temples in Asia - when you've seen one, you've seen em all :) (not exactly but you get my drift). This one is undergoing renovation but is a good example in nice grounds and adjacent to a lovely little town.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

This was the first Chateau we visited and one of the first built of the time period. Grounds were beautiful, the Chateau was also fascinating for it's historical place in the history of Chateau building.

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