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Forteresse royale de Chinon

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Address: 37500, France
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+33 2 47 93 13 45
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09:30 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The royal fortress of Chinon has been built between Xth century and XVth...

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.

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A top location !

Impressive fortress, nicely restaured ! Very kind and helpful staff. Interesting exhibitions. Very accessible with the elevator from below the city. Great panaorama!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 December 2016
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Kingston, Jamaica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Very interesting and well presented museum in the remains of the castle. Great historical connections with Richard the Lion Heart, Henry the II and the hindred years war. Great views. A must!

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Okehampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

This is a 'proper' castle as we know it in the English speaking world, not one of those house and gardens chateaux which litter this area. Unfortunately for the English speaking visitor the word 'chateau' means a country house as well as a castle; a proper castle is often called a 'chateau fort' but the authorities here righty avoid the... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Impressive fortress, nicely restaured ! Very kind and helpful staff. Interesting exhibitions. Very accessible with the elevator from below the city. Great panaorama!

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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

If you are interested in castles, military power and history, this is a must do place. However, be warned, if you want a perfect mock-up of life in a castle and lots of displays for children, then maybe not. It is a large site, with few restored buildings per se, but those that have been restored are, in my view,... More 

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

A fine example of a fortress, Chinon has history coming out of every tower. Set in a fabulous location for defending, it has been carefully restored, and with it's prominent views over the town below is well worth a visit.

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Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Stunning location, great for learning about the history of France and England. Really enjoyed the whole ambiance of Chinon - particularly the lift from the riverside town to the Forteresse!

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Redmond, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

I definitely recommend a visit to the Fortress Chinon. It is an historic fortress as this is the place Joan of Arc was anointed to lead the French army. The castle is well maintained and has videos throughout explaining its history. A bonus is the beautiful views of the valley.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We didn't go inside 18 months ago when we were here last but did over the weekend just past... And cannot say enough about the quality of the experience. Fantastic space and place...magnificent views of the valley, and the proprietors have worked hard to bring the history of the place alive.

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

I have been here a couple of times now, however this last visit showed the fortress in a different light. The tour and the fortress are very impressive however I think they have gone a little too far with their restorations and it left me feeling a little robbed of the past. That said this fortress is one not to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Be prepared to take your time and truly experience this wonderful place. You can wander on your own, purchase an audio guide, or join a guided tour. I highly recommend joining some (there are several at various locations throughout the day) of the tours if your schedule permits. On your own, you are free to go in and out of... More 

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