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Address: Rue Balzac, 37190 Azay-le-Rideau, France
Phone Number:
+33 2 47 45 42 04
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Standing on an island in the middle of the Indre River, the Château of...

Standing on an island in the middle of the Indre River, the Château of Azay-le-Rideau was built during the reign of François I by a rich financier, Gilles Berthelot, who wanted his fabulous new home to combine the latest technical innovations from Italy and the art of French architecture. The Château is a jewel of the early Renaissance and in the evenings during July and August, its romantic gardens come alive as the setting of the special night tour: "The Magic Mirror". New! The castle opens the doors to its roof. Come admire the exceptional 16th century roofwork. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: > 1st April to 30th June: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. > 1st July to 31st August: from 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. > 1st to 30th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. > 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 15 minutes before closing time. Last entry in the château 45 min before closing time. Closed: > 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 8,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

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The renovations don't spoil the visit

The self guided audio tour was worth the money. It added depth to the experience that the posted signage would not have provided. There was options to hear more about interesting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Poole, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fairly interesting although the exterior and setting is almost better than the interior. The castle stands by the river and the walkways and buildings next to it are attractive too.

Thank Sophie H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The self guided audio tour was worth the money. It added depth to the experience that the posted signage would not have provided. There was options to hear more about interesting information or you could just get the basics

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

The setting of Azay-le-rideau is perfection! Surrounded by enormous trees on a pond takes you back to another time. They were doing restoration work on this amazing chateau so you could actually see the ancient roof rafters used in building this beautiful chateau. The self guided tour allows you to wander through the many floors and rooms, decorated with fabulous... More 

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Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Yet another fantastic chateau of the Loire area. Put it on your to visit list. Love the way it's built on the lake. Take a stroll around the pretty grounds. The small town is also very pretty and also worth a wander around and a stop for a coffee or tea.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Affordable for young people, the guided tour is the way you have to discover the castle. During one hour, you will learn the whole story of the castle since it was built. On renovation, you will better understand why repairs were becoming so urgent! I loved visited Azay-le-Rideau Castle.

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

A good visit despite the biting cold and lack of clear instructions inside the castle. It such a charming place however, it was easy to forget about the downsides.

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Ferney-Voltaire, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

Take advantage of the guided tours - hourly - to get the best experience. It lasts about an hour and you will see and hear about all that you need to know, and more. For example, the derivation of the words "secretaire" and "toillette" will be vividly demonstrated - worthwhile even for us anglophones who have borrowed those words perhaps... More 

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Lyon, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

The castle was on partial renovation when we visited and it is expected to be completed in 2017. The castle is not very big but it has a moat and beautiful garden. Worth joining the guided tour to undertstand the history better. I love this castle for its simplicity. Check out the handle of the stairs, which were carved into... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

This very nice and furnished castle was really nice to visit. Under renovation but still open with a very attractive exhibition about the diferrent jobs involved in the restoration : great for children !

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

The rooms that are open now have furnishings unlike 25 years ago. But they are redoing the roof so pictures will have ugly scaffolding. Grounds are pretty.

Thank Jan K

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