Forteresse royale de Chinon

Forteresse royale de Chinon

Forteresse royale de Chinon
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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The royal fortress of Chinon has been built between Xth century and XVth century. It has been restaured on XXIth century. Come and discover all of famous figures of the fortress : the Plantagenêts, the Kings of France Philippe Auguste, Charles VII and Joan of Arc. Full price : 8.50 € Reduced rate : 6.50 € Free for children less than 7 years.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Patricia O
    300 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    This is absolutely worth a visit, but we struggled with orienting to the audio guide. We struggled with the beginning portion, but once we got clued in, it was very helpful in understanding what we were seeing and we were glad we got it. I would recommend good footwear for this as you are going uphill and there are some loose gravel spots. We did opt out of climbing one of the towers. There is a decent little pop-up spot for refreshments and we needed those as it was a warm afternoon and this is a very open area. We took the elevator back down to town.
    Hello Patricia, Thank you for taking the time to leave us this kind comment. We're delighted to hear that despite a mixed start, you managed to get to grips with the Histopad and that you ultimately enjoyed the experience! See you soon in Chinon, The Fortress team.
    Written 4 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 October 2023
  • DordogneAnglais
    Cambridge, United Kingdom84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most impressive castle I've ever visited
    I visited on a very quiet, sunny Friday in November. A school party was just leaving, so I had the whole place almost to myself. As part of the entrance fee/ticket, I was supplied with a Histopad. I don't normally go in for gadgets and guides when visiting historical places, but as the castle grounds are so big, there is plenty of walking time to press a few buttons. I soon found the Histopad quite compelling to use, with the ambient sounds and the enhanced reality views of the various rooms. It's an amazing gadget that kids will surely be spellbound by. Walking around the various buildings, turrets, rooms, battlements, clock tower and dungeons necessarily involves lots of stair climbing. There are 75 steps up to the clock tower alone, and plenty more elsewhere. As such, I wouldn't recommend this place unless you are fairly sprightly or have plenty of time. Even the walk back to the (free) car park is fairly strenuous. The shop was rather nice, if a little pricey. The toilets were spotless. Many of the castle's staircases are worn away, a bit slippery, quite narrow, a bit darkened, sometimes steep, sometimes spiral, sometimes with low head clearance. If you are prepared for this, it's fine, but be sure to wear sensible shoes. The fantastic trees were an unexpected extra, and the view out over the Vienne river is quite incredible on a clear day. Very much recommended. I would've happily paid double the ticket price for such a memorable day out.
    Hello, Thank you very much for your message and your note. Our great and beautiful Fortress is always ready to welcome those who take the time to visit, like you. See you soon in Chinon, The Fortress team
    Written 20 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 November 2023
  • Paul_Waddell
    Croydon, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much better than expected
    Some of the reviews of this place suggest it’s not great. Well we (me, wife, three year old daughter) had a terrific time! Fascinating place with plenty of history. The visual guide was a neat addition, but there’s plenty to explore regardless. We also had a tour in English, which was great. A bit old for our little one, but there was someone helping kids fire a siege catapult, which looked like loads of fun. Recommended, and the town below is really nice too.
    Hello Paul, thank you very much for your comment! We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit, despite some initial misgivings! See you soon in Chinon, the fortress team
    Written 15 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 December 2023
  • Noel A
    Leeds, United Kingdom52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best historical site visit ever
    We hadn't planned to visit, but stopped in Chinon for a coffee and walked up to the chateau afterwards. You couldn't see much from outside, so we paid the modest entrance fee, went in, and were absolutely blown away by the best historical interpretation site I've ever visited. The fortress itself is central to some really significant parts of French and English history, still mostly intact and very imposing - the views over the Vienne and surrounding countryside alone justified the entrance fee. Every visitor is given a tablet, ( included in the entry price, not a chargeable extra). It guides you round the site and gives location-specific information, including immersive views of interiors and exteriors as they were in their heyday. This is particularly effective in "putting back" now demolished buildings like the great hall that were once significant parts of the site. It's really, really well done and adds to the printed information that's also liberally distributed around the site. I can't recommend it enough and wish we'd had more time available, a half day wouldn't have been overlong. There is a pleasant cafe to break up what's quite a long walk if you go round all of the site and to the top and bottom of various towers.
    Hello Noel, Thank you for taking the time to leave us this kind comment. Thank you very much for your comment. We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit ! 😁 See you soon in Chinon, the fortress team
    Written 22 June 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 June 2024
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Paul C
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
What a place relaxed easy to get around no hard sell
The interactive tablet was helpful more use to young kids but to us it still helped (oldies)
Written 5 July 2024
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Hi Paul, we're delighted that you enjoyed the histopad tour ! See you soon in Chinon, the fortress team
Written 6 July 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Noel A
Leeds, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We hadn't planned to visit, but stopped in Chinon for a coffee and walked up to the chateau afterwards. You couldn't see much from outside, so we paid the modest entrance fee, went in, and were absolutely blown away by the best historical interpretation site I've ever visited.

The fortress itself is central to some really significant parts of French and English history, still mostly intact and very imposing - the views over the Vienne and surrounding countryside alone justified the entrance fee.

Every visitor is given a tablet, ( included in the entry price, not a chargeable extra). It guides you round the site and gives location-specific information, including immersive views of interiors and exteriors as they were in their heyday. This is particularly effective in "putting back" now demolished buildings like the great hall that were once significant parts of the site. It's really, really well done and adds to the printed information that's also liberally distributed around the site.

I can't recommend it enough and wish we'd had more time available, a half day wouldn't have been overlong. There is a pleasant cafe to break up what's quite a long walk if you go round all of the site and to the top and bottom of various towers.
Written 20 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hello Noel, Thank you for taking the time to leave us this kind comment. Thank you very much for your comment. We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit ! 😁 See you soon in Chinon, the fortress team
Written 22 June 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Paul_Waddell
Croydon, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Some of the reviews of this place suggest it’s not great. Well we (me, wife, three year old daughter) had a terrific time!

Fascinating place with plenty of history. The visual guide was a neat addition, but there’s plenty to explore regardless. We also had a tour in English, which was great.

A bit old for our little one, but there was someone helping kids fire a siege catapult, which looked like loads of fun. Recommended, and the town below is really nice too.
Written 13 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hello Paul, thank you very much for your comment! We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit, despite some initial misgivings! See you soon in Chinon, the fortress team
Written 15 December 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

DordogneAnglais
Cambridge, UK84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I visited on a very quiet, sunny Friday in November. A school party was just leaving, so I had the whole place almost to myself. As part of the entrance fee/ticket, I was supplied with a Histopad. I don't normally go in for gadgets and guides when visiting historical places, but as the castle grounds are so big, there is plenty of walking time to press a few buttons. I soon found the Histopad quite compelling to use, with the ambient sounds and the enhanced reality views of the various rooms. It's an amazing gadget that kids will surely be spellbound by. Walking around the various buildings, turrets, rooms, battlements, clock tower and dungeons necessarily involves lots of stair climbing. There are 75 steps up to the clock tower alone, and plenty more elsewhere. As such, I wouldn't recommend this place unless you are fairly sprightly or have plenty of time. Even the walk back to the (free) car park is fairly strenuous. The shop was rather nice, if a little pricey. The toilets were spotless. Many of the castle's staircases are worn away, a bit slippery, quite narrow, a bit darkened, sometimes steep, sometimes spiral, sometimes with low head clearance. If you are prepared for this, it's fine, but be sure to wear sensible shoes. The fantastic trees were an unexpected extra, and the view out over the Vienne river is quite incredible on a clear day. Very much recommended. I would've happily paid double the ticket price for such a memorable day out.
Written 20 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hello, Thank you very much for your message and your note. Our great and beautiful Fortress is always ready to welcome those who take the time to visit, like you. See you soon in Chinon, The Fortress team
Written 21 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Patricia O
Steilacoom,WA300 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
This is absolutely worth a visit, but we struggled with orienting to the audio guide. We struggled with the beginning portion, but once we got clued in, it was very helpful in understanding what we were seeing and we were glad we got it. I would recommend good footwear for this as you are going uphill and there are some loose gravel spots. We did opt out of climbing one of the towers. There is a decent little pop-up spot for refreshments and we needed those as it was a warm afternoon and this is a very open area. We took the elevator back down to town.
Written 8 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hello Patricia, Thank you for taking the time to leave us this kind comment. We're delighted to hear that despite a mixed start, you managed to get to grips with the Histopad and that you ultimately enjoyed the experience! See you soon in Chinon, The Fortress team.
Written 4 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Tootz54
Boston, UK85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Spent several hours visiting this sizeable castle in Chinon. A walk up the incline or you could take the lift. There was a self guided tour with the help of a tablet, showing you your location and taking you to scanning points, where it showed 3D images of lift in the castle over the years - very good.
Written 2 July 2023
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Hello, Thank you for your message. We are delighted by your satisfaction! Yours faithfully The team at the Royal Fortress of Chinon
Written 4 July 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Richard B
Todmorden, UK679 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Set on the hill above Chinon. It has great views all around the river & town.
Nice auto guides to show how it was in the olden times.
Lots to see in the buildings.
Written 20 June 2023
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Hello Richard, Thank you for your lovely note and your kind comment! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and the histopad. See you soon in Chinon, The Fortress team
Written 24 June 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Phil B
Birmingham, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
A striking castle from the riverside, there is much more to explore here than at first sight. There are towers to ascend and descend, reconstructed royal apartments, stunning views and much more. The tablet which accompanies the visit brings the place to life, with reconstructions of the scene in front of you, information, and even views from places that are inaccessible for safety reasons. All the boards and displays are carefully presented in both French and English. We ended up spending over two hours here and having a very enjoyable time.
Written 2 June 2023
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Thank you very much for your note and your comment. We are delighted with the two hours you spent in the Fortress. Yours faithfully The team at the Royal Fortress of Chinon
Written 2 June 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

liverpool1023
London, UK1,141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Sitting above the quiet town of Chinon this site offers great views up and down river and across to the nearby vineyards. The heavily restored site does have a rich history - being the base of that famously dysfunctional medieval power-couple of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. It also plays a part of in that favourite of all conspiracy nut jobs; the Knights Templar - a number of which languished here after their show trail and before a very bitter ending. Grab and deck chair in the gardens and soak up the atmosphere.
Written 3 May 2023
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Margaret H
Milton Keynes, UK119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We absolutely loved this fortress, perched high above the river but with a magical glass elevator (free) from the mediaveal streets below right to the top.
The excellent histopad (we each had one, one in French and one in Englsh) produced hologram-type illustrations of people moving around the kitchens and the living areas through the medivaeval times so that we could really experience what it would have looked like and felt like. A short film illustrated the history of the era too, and the jealousies and fear felt between members of the royal family.
An absolutely brilliant visit for anyone interested in French history and, of course, how it related to England as we saw the young boy Henry,later to become King Henry 2nd of England, being taught who to trust and who not within the royal household.
This has then to be followed by a visit to Fontevraud, where King Henry and his wife Alienor are buried.
Written 24 October 2022
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Hello, Thank you very much for your message! We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. Yours sincerely, The team of the Royal Fortress of Chinon
Written 31 October 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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