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Chateau Royal Amboise

Last updated: 15 March, 2024

Poised imposingly above the Loire River, Amboise today may be only a fraction of its original size, but it still gives the feel of a royal residence.

First constructed under the reign of Charles VIII in the late 15th century, it became a favoured place of residence for French kings and queens from then on until the 19th century. The website lists the long list of illustrious guests and their biographies that stayed here.

Today you can wander from vaulted medieval guardrooms with suits of armour to tapestry-hung halls, to the red silks and mahogany of Restoration monarch Louis-Philippe. Interactive multi-media exhibits and audio guides in English on iPads bring the castle’s history to life. The occasional balcony or roofs offer panoramic views across the region fit for a king.

Don’t miss

The tiny vaulted Gothic chapel contains the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci, who spent the last years of his life in the nearby Clos Luce.

Logistics

Price from: £12
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Amboise can be reached by local train. The chateau is a 15-minute walk from the station, across the river.

There are interactive multi-media exhibits and audio guides in English on iPads that bring the castle’s history to life.

In the summer months, there are special behind-the-scenes guided tours of Amboise’s towers and maze of underground tunnels that survive from the medieval fortress beneath the Renaissance residence.

When to do it

The chateau is open all year round, seven days a week.

Who to go with: organised tours

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Loire Valley Castles VIP Private Tour: Chambord, Chenonceaux, Amboise

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Take away the hassle out of planning your day trip to the Loire Valley, the birthplace of French Renaissance with more 120 châteaux (estates), on this private luxury tour with roundtrip transportation from Paris. Highlights include visits to Leonardo da Vinci's home and tomb, outstanding Gothic architecture, and plenty of time to enjoy three of the Loire Valley's most impressive and famous châteaux.

Price €750

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Rating 4.8 / 5 [30 ratings]

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Enjoy a complete Loire Valley experience with the visit of the unique and elegant gardens of Chateau de Villandry and the lovely Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau. Your passionate guide will stay with you all along the tour, sharing with you funny anecdotes and all his knowledge of the region. An unforgettable experience ! During the afternoon, make the most of a Loire Valley wine tour and go to meet a wine producer of the Vouvray Appellation, well-known for its sparkling and white wines. All along the day, your passionate and local guide will stay with you, a day that you will never forget!

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