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Forteresse Royale de Chinon

Restored to past splendor, this medieval fort brightens the Chinon skyline with its battlements. From the summit, marvel at a stunning view of the riverside village.

Dominating Chinon is the hilltop Forteresse Royale de Chinon, an 11th-century castle that belonged to the counts of Anjou. Its turrets and cylindrical towers rising above Chinon and the Vienne River are a permanent reminder of the region’s rich history. Bring the whole family to enjoy the wide range of events and exhibits in this active museum. 

Get to the castle and capture photos of the peaceful Loire Valley scenery before you. Notice the many arches of a bridge crossing the Vienne River, while the spire of the Église Saint Maurice and the sloping thatched roofs of historic buildings make up the foreground. 

Embark on the Interactive iPad Tour of the castle for a sense of the context behind the medieval surroundings. Take a guided tour to hear fascinating fortress-related tales from docents. Among the family-oriented features is the Escape Game, a 1-hour activity consisting of a historically themed puzzle to be solved by your group. 

Interactive exhibits are arranged in the castle’s restored medieval halls. Watch the four films to learn about intriguing figures in the structure’s history, including Henry II, Charles VII and Joan of Arc. Browse the works of art depicting Joan of Arc and inspect archaeological excavations. Go down to the river for photo opportunities of the castle from below. 

The fortress opens daily year round, apart from New Year’s Day and Christmas Day. Opening times are from morning until early evening. There is a fee to enter; discounts  are available for youths, students and groups. Young children and credentialed journalists can enter for free. 

The Forteresse Royale de Chinon, on the northern bank of the Vienne River, marks the western border of Chinon in the Loire Valley. Arrive at the Chinon railway station and walk west for about 20 minutes to get here. While in the town, see the Musée du Vieux Chinon, the Mairie de Chinon and Les Caves Painctes.


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Best Western Hotel De France £75
Best Western Hotel De France

Best Western Hotel De France

     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Chinon, this hotel is steps away from Loire Valley and Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Natural Park. Royal Fortress of Chinon and Domaine Couly-Dutheil are also within 10 minutes. Chinon Station is 14 minutes by foot.

    Hôtel Diderot £67
    Hôtel Diderot

    Hôtel Diderot

    4 rue de Buffon, Chinon
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Chinon, this hotel is steps away from Loire Valley, Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Natural Park and Domaine Couly-Dutheil. Royal Fortress of Chinon and Maison de la Riviere are also within 1 mile (2 km). Chinon Station is 9 minutes by foot.

      Hotel Au Sans Souci £52
      Hotel Au Sans Souci

      Hotel Au Sans Souci

      1 allée Jacqueline Auriol, Chinon
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Chinon, this hotel is steps away from Loire Valley and Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Natural Park. Pierre et Bertrand Couly and Domaine Couly-Dutheil are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Quinquenais
        Quinquenais

        Quinquenais

        8 Rue de l'Écho, Chinon
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in a rural location, this bed & breakfast is steps away from Loire Valley, Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Natural Park and Royal Fortress of Chinon. Maison de la Riviere and Domaine Couly-Dutheil are also within 15 minutes. Chinon Station is 20 minutes by foot.

          L'hôtel du Café des Arts £60
          L'hôtel du Café des Arts

          L'hôtel du Café des Arts

          4 Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau, Chinon, Centre-Loire Valley
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Chinon, this bed & breakfast is steps away from Loire Valley and Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Natural Park. Royal Fortress of Chinon and Domaine Couly-Dutheil are also within 10 minutes. Chinon Station is 14 minutes by foot.

            Gite de la Maison Rouge
            Gite de la Maison Rouge

            Gite de la Maison Rouge

            1 rue Jeanne d'Arc, Chinon
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Chinon, this apartment building is 5 mi (8.1 km) from Chateau de Ligre, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Chateau d'Usse and Chateau de Montsoreau. Royal Abbey of Fontevaud and Chateau Azay-Le-Rideau are also within 16 mi (25 km). Chinon Station is 15 minutes by foot.

              Nature & Chateaux à Chinon
              Nature & Chateaux à Chinon

              Nature & Chateaux à Chinon

              3 PLACE SAINT MAURICE, Chinon, Centre-Loire Valley
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Chinon, this bed & breakfast is steps away from Loire Valley and Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Natural Park. Maison de la Riviere and Royal Fortress of Chinon are also within 10 minutes. Chinon Station is 15 minutes by foot.

                Résidence Odalys Le Clos Saint Michel £76
                Résidence Odalys Le Clos Saint Michel

                Résidence Odalys Le Clos Saint Michel

                4 Rue du Pavé Neuf, Chinon
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Chinon, this residence is steps away from Loire Valley and Loire-Anjou-Touraine Regional Natural Park. Maison de la Riviere and Royal Fortress of Chinon are also within 15 minutes. Chinon Station is 22 minutes by foot.