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Blois
Travel Guide

Nestled on the northern banks of the Loire River, Blois features an attractive old town, a stunning castle and fine surrounding countryside. 

Despite suffering heavy bombing during World War II, the small city of Blois has retained a strong cultural identity. Much of this results from the preservation of the old town and its stunning chateau. Enjoy classy cafés, fine restaurants and attractive parks and woodland that also add to its appeal.

As you stroll along the river, notice the Chateau Royal de Blois rising above the well-preserved old town. Formerly the seat of the powerful counts of Blois, the huge façade displays elements of Gothic, Renaissance and Classical architecture in four separate wings.

Inside the castle, explore the Renaissance wing and look around the apartments of Francois I and Queen Claude. The staircase is intricately decorated with salamanders and beautifully carved Fs (the heraldic symbol of François). Another highlight is the king’s apartment, the site of a bloody incident in 1588 when Henri III had his rival, Duke Henri I de Guise, murdered. See the gruesome events depicted by several period paintings on the apartment’s walls.

Opposite the chateau stands the Maison de la Magie, the former home of inventor and conjurer Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, whose name was taken on by Harry Houdini. Enjoy daily shows and exhibits that bring the history of magic to life.

Visit the Old Town of Blois, just a short walk along the river from the Chateau Royal. Admire the multistory bell tower of the 17th-century Cathédrale St-Louis and view the Maison des Acrobates, one of the few remaining 15th-century city homes.

All the attractions are within easy walking distance of one another in Blois. You won’t need transportation if you stay in one of the hotels in town. Explore the surrounding area for superb walking and biking trails along the river or through the forests.

Return to Blois and treat yourself to a meal in one of the many fine restaurants. Find one by the river and watch the lights of the town reflecting on the water as you enjoy your meal.

ibis budget Blois Centre
ibis budget Blois Centre
2 out of 5
The price is £47 per night from 14 Apr to 15 Apr

Located in the heart of Blois, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chateau de Blois, Maison de la Magie and St. Louis Cathedral. Polyclinique ...

3.7/5Good! (156 reviews)

"Very reliable wifi, and it was easy to change my plans and add an extra day."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2020

ibis budget Blois Centre
Mercure Blois Centre
Mercure Blois Centre
4 out of 5
28 Quai Saint Jean, Blois, Loir-et-Cher
The price is £95 per night from 16 Apr to 17 Apr

Located in the heart of Blois, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Loire Valley and Chateau de Blois. Basilique Notre-Dame de la Trinité and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (445 reviews)

"Clean and very correct like all the mercures hotels. Maybe a but older than some other Mercures in big cities but good. Just the ventilation (heating) could not be turned off completely and made a bit of noise. Beakfast in the room because of Covid restrictions, good and on time."…"

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2020

Mercure Blois Centre
Appart'City Blois
Appart'City Blois
2 out of 5
20 rue de la Chocolaterie, Blois, Loir-et-Cher
The price is £55 per night from 12 Apr to 13 Apr

Located in the heart of Blois, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Loire Valley and Chateau de Blois. Musee d'Histoire Naturelle and Maison de la Magie ...

3.8/5Good! (334 reviews)

"Very convenient location near train station. The twin rooms need a refresh. Sound insulation is lacking, and kitchen equipment varies from room to room. Twin beds are a bit too narrow for an adult or tall person. Corridors smell of cigarette despite smoking being forbidden."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2020

Appart'City Blois
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Appart'City Blois
Appart'City Blois
2 out of 5
20 rue de la Chocolaterie, Blois, Loir-et-Cher
The price is £55 per night from 12 Apr to 13 Apr

Located in the heart of Blois, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Loire Valley and Chateau de Blois. Musee d'Histoire Naturelle and Maison de la Magie ...

3.8/5Good! (334 reviews)

"Very convenient location near train station. The twin rooms need a refresh. Sound insulation is lacking, and kitchen equipment varies from room to room. Twin beds are a bit too narrow for an adult or tall person. Corridors smell of cigarette despite smoking being forbidden."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan 2020

Appart'City Blois
"Happy House" - House near historic center + closed garden
"Happy House" - House near historic center + closed garden
74 Rue du Bourg Neuf, Blois, Centre-Loire Valley

This family-friendly Blois holiday home is located in a rural location, within a 15-minute walk of Loire Valley and Chateau de Blois. Musee d'Histoire Naturelle ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (19 reviews)
Unusual and interesting holiday property.

"We had a really enjoyable and relaxing holiday in Happy House. We were able to make full use of the garden and lovely eating area as the weather was warm and sunny. However it would have been nice to have access to some form of heating in the sitting room on the first two evenings which were cool. ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2019

"Happy House" - House near historic center + closed garden
La maison de Thomas
La maison de Thomas
12 Rue Beauvoir, Blois
The price is £74 per night from 12 Apr to 13 Apr

Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Loire Valley and Chateau de Blois. St. Louis Cathedral and Maison ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (39 reviews)
Nice couple getaway

"It was lovely very good amenities with a little kitchen."…"

Reviewed on 15 Feb 2020

La maison de Thomas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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20 Oct 2019

This is our second stop over at blois, on the first visit we had time to look around a bit and thought it a lovely place to visit again but unfortunately no time on this trip but will have more time on next visit