The chateau is locted above, but in the village of Chinon. There is a lift from the carpark at the tourism office up to the road where the chateau entrance is. There is a second lift to the reception area of the brand new, modern visitors centre. In conjunction with the large, flat grassed area within the chateau walls, it does make this one more accessible for disabled visitors, than most other chateaux. This chateau/fortress has stood witness to some pivotal times in French history, such as Henry 2nd and Eleanor of Aquitane, the Plantagenets, Richard the Lionheart, the Hundred Years War, the Knights Templar and Joan of Arc. The Royal Lodgings building houses terrific audio visual projections of re-enactments of periods of history. There is no dialogue, but dramatic music in darkened rooms, so is not language specific. In the later rooms of the tour you will see collections relating to Joan of Arc and her visit to the chateau. All of the towers can be climbed to appreciate wide views of the Chinon, the river Vienne and Loirve Valley. You could picnic on the large grassed internal area inside the fortress wall if you desired. This is not a pretty chateau (although every comfort for the modern-day visitor is present) but gives a true feeling of life of the past and its hardships as well. There are not endless rooms full of paintings and furniture.
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