Château de Chenonceau
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What to expectWearing the robes of the Renaissance like no other French castle, Chenonceau is a symbol of the Loire's castles. However, in reality, this magnificent stone construction actually spans the River Cher. To hear the word 'Chenonceau' is to desire to explore and discover it. Famous across the world, it has many claims to fame: the second most-visited castle in France after Versailles, its architecture is visually seductive, the fabulous gardens have a magnetic attraction, and the castle still retains the aura of the many personalities who lived there. Known as the "Chateau des Dames" because of its noble connections, the castle is characterised by refinement and beauty. Some of the greatest ladies of the Renaissance stayed there, including the Dame de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. Now, all of us can share their lifestyle and take in the castle's sumptuous decorations.
In order to guarantee you optimal visiting conditions, you will be asked to reserve the date of your visit to the Château de Chenonceau free of charge. This reservation is compulsory and you will not be able to access the monument without its confirmation. All instructions will be sent to you immediately upon purchase. You will need to present your undated ticket and your ticket of the day during your visit.
Château de Chenonceau is open every day of the year.
January 1 to January 5: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
January 6 to April 3: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
April 4 to May 29: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
May 30 to July 3: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
July 4 to August 21: 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
August 22 to September 27: 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
September 28 to November 1: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
November 2 to December 18: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
December 19 to December 31: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Easter (April 11 to 13): 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
May 1 to 3 and May 8 to 10: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Ascent (May 21-24): 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Pentecost (May 31 to June 1): 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Access to Château de Chenonceau
From Paris (around 1,5 hours): Take the TGV between Paris (gare Montparnasse) and Tours (Gare Saint-Pierre-des-Corps), then the TER Tours-Chenonceaux.
rom Tours (around 25 mn): Take the TER Tours-Chenonceaux. The SNCF railway station is about 400 meters from the Château.
From the A10 motorway, take exit no. 18 (Château-Renault / Amboise) and then travel about ten kilometers on the D31 (to Amboise) and then 8 km on the D81 to Chenonceaux.
GPS coordinates of Château de Chenonceau : 47.3249 et 1.07029
Free car park.