Châteaux of the Loire Valley Châteaux of the Loire Valley

Châteaux of the Loire Valley

The River Loire winds through central France. Over the years, it served as the theatre for much of France's royal history. You can still see this in the exceptional heritage of the Loire Valley, including its thousand castles between Angers and Gien. Often associated solely with the Renaissance era, the Châteaux of the Loire Valley tell a tale about 1000 years of royalty, from the 11th to the 19th centuries. From the Middle Ages to the Classic period, there is something for everyone to enjoy: the Château d'Angers and the castles at Loches or Chinon will delight lovers of medieval architecture, while the castles of Blois, Amboise or Chenonceau spanning the River Cher, will thrill fans of the Renaissance style.

Do you prefer French or English gardens? When you visit the Loire, you'll find that the differences are vast - with gardens featuring the obsessive geometry of Villandry or the artistry of the wild garden pushed to its highest point at the castle of Azay-le-Rideau at the heart of Indre department. And because the Renaissance cannot truly be separated from its most important figure, you could plunge into the world of Leonardo da Vinci at the Château du Clos-Lucé, the last home of the Italian genius who finished his life in the service of King Francis I.

All the castles of the Loire

from €16

Château de Chambord

Visit the famous Château de Chambord built in 1519 by Francis 1st. You'll see the famous revolutionary staircase, a grand architecture and sumptuous French gardens.

Château de Chenonceau

Discover the Chateau de Chenonceau, one of the jewels of France's historical heritage. Once the home of the finest ladies in France, the château possesses stunning gardens. A symbol of refinement and a gem of the French Renaissance, Chenonceau attracts nearly a million visitors throughout the year.

Château Royal d'Amboise

Considered the cradle of the French Renaissance, the Château d’Amboise is an unmissable Loire Valley attraction. With its imposing medieval walls, it was a royal residence and the final home of one of history's greatest artists and thinkers: Leonard da Vinci.
from €11.50

Royal Castle of Blois

Visit the favorite residence of the kings and queens of France. Discover why the royal castle of Blois is one of the most beautiful castles of the Loire. We come back for its unique Sound and Light show in the Loire Valley!
from €11

Château d'Angers

It is impossible to enter Angers without noticing it. The Castle of the Counts and then Dukes of Anjou is the most frequented monument in the city. An imposing fortress, it contains many secrets that it would be a shame not to demystify during your visit to the Loire Valley.
from €13

Château d'Azay-le-Rideau

Discover the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, certainly one of the most beautiful castles of the French Renaissance. Nestled in the heart of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Nature Park, this castle was built during the reign of Francis I and is surrounded by a beautiful English garden. A jewel of the Loire valley, it is definitely worth a visit.
from €11.50

Royal Castle of Blois: the show

As night falls, admire a unique Sound and Light show in the Loire Valley with breathtaking visual and sound effects. With a narration by great actors, rediscover the history of France with your family during a fantastic immersive experience.

Château du Clos Lucé

Less than 500 metres away from the Château d'Amboise, you can also discover the Château du Clos Lucé. This smaller castle was actually the home of Leonardo da Vinci, and was lent to the Italian master by King Francis I to give fee rein to his creative genius. Leonardo's workshops and giant recreations of his machines are the highlight of this superb attraction.

Visit Château de Châteaudun

Discover the Château de Châteaudun, a historical and architectural gem. Immerse yourself in its captivating past, admire its unique gardens, and explore the home of a companion of Joan of Arc. Practical information, rates, access, and services available for an unforgettable experience. Châteaudun, where history meets natural majesty.
from €6.50

Château de Villandry

Come and discover the Château de Villandry, where its exceptional gardens take the harmony of stone and organic life to unbelievable heights. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Villandry Estate is a must-visit Loire Valley attraction.

Customer Reviews

4.7/523,499 reviews

April 17th 2024

Trés bien.
Le Palace c'est magnifique.
Il manque le audio guide.

Ella K.
April 16th 2024

The Opera Garnier is magnificent!
We suggest to get an audio guide at the place.

Laurie D.
Dinner with a view
April 15th 2024
Dinner on the Seine was a great way to have a good dinner (attentive service and excellent food) along with views of many of the important historical sites along the river. We paid extra to have a window table and did get one as promised, but it was close to a bulkhead that restricted our forward view. The entertainment was first class (piano and violin) without being too interruptive.

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