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What to expect

Follow in the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci at Clos Lucé. Situated within the grounds of the Château d’Amboise, one of France's most beautiful castles, it was here that da Vinci spent the last three years of his life (1516-1519) at the invitation of King Francis I. While resident, da Vinci completed his famous "St John the Baptist" as well as the "Mona Lisa". Visitors can see the rooms where these masterpieces were created, as well as the chambers of Marguerite de Navarre, the castle kitchen and also recreations of Leonardo's workshop. Leonardo took over the castle's basement, where you can encounter the incredible machines made by this genius. See the mechanical system for the world's first automobile; the very first model of a military tank, or even the very first multi-directional machine gun. There's no better way to understand the brilliance of the most famous Renaissance figure than by passing through the Leonardo da Vinci Park, where you can see reproductions of these amazing machines - from his most intricate, small-scale inventions to the most grandiose dreams of his imagination.
The Château is open every day of the year (except December 25th and January 1st)


9 am to 6 pm

February to June

9 am to 7 pm

July to August

9 am to 8 pm

September to October

9 am to 7 pm

November to December

9 am to 6 pm

Access to the Château du Clos Lucé

From Paris Approximately 1h50  : take the TGV between Paris (Montparnasse station) and Tours (Saint-Pierre-des-Corps station), then the TER Tours-Amboise or the direct INTERCITES link from Paris, Austerlitz station to the train station. Amboise.

From Tours Approximately 25 mn  : Take TER Tours-Amboise
Car Access : From the A10 motorway, take the exit n ° 18 (Château-Renault / Amboise) then travel about ten kilometers on the D31 to Amboise
GPS coordinates of the Château du Clos Lucé: N 47 24’ 37’’ / E 0 59’ 29’’

Parking :free for buses, paying and private for cars at 300m walk from the visitors entrance.

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