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“Interesting Place” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Parc des Mini-Chateaux

Parc des Mini-Chateaux
Ranked #1 of 1 Fun & Games in Amboise
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Owner description: You've seen your share of castles, villas and chateaux. Now see them again: this park contains over 40 miniature models of the country's most famous chateaux.
Merced, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Interesting Place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013

Someone spent years making these scale models of the main Chateaus of the Loire Valley. If you take photos you might think they were the actual Chateaus. It's sad that there is a feeling of neglect around the place and I was bothered that the work of this individual was not respected. Interesting if you don't have the opportunity to visit the Chateaus in person.

Visited September 2013
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“Dull...lacking maintenance...kids asked to leave”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

To be honest when the car park was mostly empty and shabby we should have turned around. But pressed on. The kids asked to leave 40mins later. It it wasnt for the bouncy castle that probably would have been more like 30.


Place is shabby and unkempt. The moats around the fibreglass model chataux all empty and full of leaves and detritus.

We foolishly added the mini chataux onto the aquarium ticket.....save your money. Wish had been here first to read reviews

Visited August 2013
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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“A disappointing day trip!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

Disappointing, travelled with our 3 young children and my parents. Place looked great on brochure we picked up. Got there and the mini chateau's were impressive however the place is tired and not very well maintained. We travelled over an hour to get there, paid €65 approx admission only to find there was no restaurant facilities whatsoever! They have the facilities but they were all closed! As we hadn't brought a picnic, we left after an hour and half to go for lunch! Rides were disappointing with one person running all the rides, children queued to have ride on car on track, of 5 cars only 2 were working!

Overall wasted day, very disappointing!

Visited August 2013
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“Both really good and kind of depressing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

The idea of this park/attraction is great, and the way it was constructed is pretty novel. There's lots of castles in the Loire valley, but one of the difficulties of appreciating such large structures is actually seeing the whole thing! The Mini-Chateaux park is essentially a helicopter-style overview of the region.

The good:
The park is landscaped to mimic the region, so it's not just mini chateauxs, it's also mini Loire river, mini hills/mountains, mini-trees, mini-train. It's a nice stroll through the area and the miniatures are very well detailed. You can get very close to most of them, and for most of the castles the surrounding grounds are well-modeled, too -- both the french-style gardens and the miniature shrubs/trees to show how the lands are styled. There's a placard near each one giving a brief history, and the details are enough to keep it interesting without getting boring (it's not just for kids). This is a good way to start a trip through the area, since you can spend an hour or so here to get an idea of what the castles are like, perhaps picking a few to visit.

The bad:
It's too expensive. $14 euro per adult! As mentioned in other reviews, it also is in need of upkeep and repair. The chateaus themselves are all in fine condition, and look well-maintained, but the extra stuff -- trains, playground -- need work. It's sort of for kids, but the parts that the kids would like are the parts in most need of repair.

They appear to be doing some major renovations, as I was there in early June 2013 and there were workers doing some repairs and landscaping work (with signs saying "we apologize for the mess" etc.). They apparently have an aquarium exhibit attached to the park which gets no love, and we didn't pay extra to go see it, so I wonder if the high prices are to keep the aquarium going?

This is a novel concept and a neat park, and if you only have a short period of time in the Loire valley/Amboise area but still want to see a lot of castles, this is a good value. However, if you've got time to kill and your kids want to act like medieval princes/princesses, they may end up disappointed and your wallet will feel empty.

Visited June 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“How to see all the Castles without having to visit them all”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2013

We have visited a number of castles in the Loire Valley but not only can you not see them all, you get saturated if you go round too many at one time. This gives you the opportunity to get an idea of what they all look like and perhaps choose what you really want to see. Although it is a children's attraction it has an appeal for adults too. Yes, it is in need of repair and maintenance.
The day we went was hot and sunny and there was seating in a cool area amongst the flowers and shrubs to relax in. There were several children running around and some were enjoying a ride on the little car track. There were also people in costumes and some of the children who had dressed up had pictures taken with them and seemed to be having fun. Sadly, there was no refreshment or café except that there was evidence that there had been not only a café but also ice-cream kiosk, which would have been nice especially as it is away from Amboise which supplies one with many cafes and restaurants. You do need a car to get here. There is a large shop at the entrance / exit but it is mainly for children's toys with a few postcards for sale. It must be an expensive upkeep but it would be nice to see some money spent on it to attract more visitors. It would be sad if it had to close!

Visited May 2013
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