Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau de Chenonceau
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Beautiful country villa surrounded by a moat and inspired by the Italian Renaissance.
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2-3 hours
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ToujoursLaRoute
Paris, France1,064 contributions
May 2023
For me it was not really the best castle in the area, despite its fame. The place is smaller compared to others, and they are selling far too many tickets. Overcrowded, you are all the time in a rush. And I do not want to think what might happen in case of a fire...
Written May 23, 2023
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Rick T
11 contributions
May 2023
We toured several Chateaus and this was by far the best. Both inside and outside it is a great experience. They have done an amazing job maintaining the Chateau. I would highly recommend this as one of the Chateaus you visit while in the area.
Written May 22, 2023
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22tangotwo
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK353 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
The Chateau is beautiful, the organisation is awful. Far too many visitors, no queueing system, no audio guides. Every room in the Chateau was crammed full if people. No wonder Covid is still around in France. Only go if you can be first in!
Written May 16, 2023
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Lilacwheaty
Nottingham, UK754 contributions
May 2023
This one is brilliantly laid out to tell the story of the chateau history in interesting detail.
Timed tickets to the house ensure it is not too crowded for anyone.
whilst you wait for access to the house, there is plenty to see in the gardens and surrounding areas
Overall a fabulous visit
Written May 8, 2023
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Trendonz
New Zealand82 contributions
May 2023 • Family
Like stated in other recent reviews, entrance to the Chateau is timed. Our wait was an hour, so be prepared for at least that unless you go early in the day.

We purchased tickets by the electronic ticket booth (although you can buy them from the ticket office as well), and the instructions were in English and easy to follow. We purchased a 4 person family and 1 adult for our family of 5.

The gardens were lovely. There’s time for the obligatory photos of the Chateau and Pont while you’re waiting. We also visited the animals off to the right of the Chateau given our kids love that stuff. There’s a rabbit, donkeys and a horse. Nothing up close though.

There’s a good explanatory pamphlet that describes all the rooms. We didn’t therefore get the audio guides, which was a good decision for us.

You can hire kayaks from further up the river, although there wasn’t anything like that on site when we were there.

Hope that helps.
Written May 7, 2023
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Lord M
Jersey, UK255 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
My favourite Chateau in The Loire Valley. We went in April and there was loads of parking. Ticket sales was a bit chaotic but we got in. The downside was that we had over an hour to wait before we were allowed in. If we had arrived earlier the wait would have been shorter. If we had arrived at about 1 pm there would have been no wait! So timing is important.
We spent the time walking around the lovely gardens and taking photos. We got in the queue 10 minutes early and were allowed straight in. The only bad thing was that there were no headphone things available and so we had to read it.
A fascinating place and well worth a visit.
Don’t miss it.
Written May 3, 2023
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Salu
Texas City, TX252 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Yes, wonderful Chateau with lots of history but the review is on managing visitors. Parking is good but campers/caravans take most of the parking spots. You walk to ticket office, crowded and no signs where to go if you already have an online ticket. At the chateau entrance is another unorganized method of entry. No one knows if you are supposed to wait till your time is called or just wait like everyone else. After asking, we were told to wait as our time slot approached then they divide us in two lines those with reserved audio and those without. Inside is another chaos. Those who are exiting and those who are entering. All rooms are filled with flower arrangements which were beautiful but they take most of the rooms space and with the number of people pushing and shoving is hilarious. In short yes, it is a beautiful chateau and we are glad we visited it now and not during the hectic tourist season.
Written April 20, 2023
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greconj
New Jersey346 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
Chateau is beautiful with excellent descriptions. Lovely to sit by the river and walk through the gardens. Very interesting history. The only issue for us was that the village is very small and most everything was closed. Our train schedule left us there for six hours and there was simply no way to fill that much time. Unfortunately it was a very cold day also and once the chateau closed we had a long wait out in the cold waiting for the train. I recommend driving or going when the weather is warmer.
Written March 6, 2023
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Nick P
Staten Island, NY353 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
We were there in February and I can only imagine how nice it is in spring. It is still worthwhile to stroll the gardens and tour the chateau. There is s lot to see, give yourself a couple of hours. I will go back in warmer weather one day.
Written February 17, 2023
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Wingfield73
Chiang Mai, Thailand927 contributions
Dec 2022
This smaller chateau is to my mind by far the most attractive of all the Loire chateaux, having an welcome absence of their ostentatious Bling. It is on a human scale, gently using the river Cher as its setting. The long gallery bridging the river was beautifully decorated for the Christmas season. However all of the fairly modest interiors are decorated with carefully selected works of art and furniture. It is a comfortable, rather than a grand palace and it successive owners have had the modesty to respect its character.
Written December 28, 2022
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