Château de Chinon
The Château de Chinon, residence of the Kings The Chateau de Chinon dominates the city of Chinon. It is composed of three parts which follow one another from east to west. the Fort de Coudray, the Château du Milieu and the Fort Saint Georges, named after the english patron saint Saint George. The story of the castle started back in the roman time, as they had noticed the interest of this strategic site. Afterwards, the castle was reconstructed according to the needs of each period. The Tour de l’Horloge, remarkable thanks to its structure quite flat (16-foot wide), gives access to the castle.
In 1450, the King’s court left the castle which was bought in 1633 by Richelieu, who deliberately neglected it in order to depreciate it because the Chateau de Chinon was more classy than his own castle. This is how started its time in the wilderness, until 1854, when started its restoration. It was listed as a French historical monument in 1840 and is now open to public and the Tour de l’Horloge houses a museum dedicated to Joan of Arc.
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Open daily all year
Closed on 25th December and 1st January
2nd January – 31st March: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
1st April - 30th September: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
1st October - 31st December: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Unaccompanied: interactive brochure in: F/GB/S/G
FREE guided visit: 1 hour /F and GB
Guided tours in English: 1 May - 31 August : 11.00 am / 2.00 pm / 5.00 pm
Reservation required for groups.
Last tickets sold 30 minutes before closing time.
Full rate: 7 €
Reduced rate (1): 4.50 €
Professional rate: 4 €
Ambassador card (2): 10 €
School pass (3): 10 €
Free of charge for children under 12
(1) Groups of 10 people and above, students, teachers, the disabled, and tourist passports
(2) Free admission throughout the civil year to the monument at which it was obtained and half-price for the Department’s 8 other sites.
(3) Per class
- 3 Museum
- 8 Monuments