The castle of Villandry is the last of the great Loire castles built during the Renaissance in the Loire Valley.
Of the old feudal fortress built not far from Tours, only the keep remains (where in 1189, Henry II Plantagenet of England recognized his defeat against Philippe-Auguste, king of France).
Minister of Francis I, it is to Jean Le Breton that we owe its architecture marked by the French Renaissance style: arcaded gallery, richly decorated pilasters, steeply sloping roof, etc.. After transformations that took place in the 18th century, Joachim Carvallo (a doctor from the Paris Faculty of Medicine) and Ann Coleman (heiress of American steelworkers) undertook a major restoration of Villandry's architecture. And it is now their great grandson, Henri Carvallo, who manages the estate and its famous gardens.
For beyond the monument, the Château de Villandry is known, in France and throughout the world, for its wonderful gardens. Adults or children, what a pleasure it is to stroll around and to multiply the photos of the Renaissance kitchen garden, the "Love gardens", the water garden, the medicinal plant garden, the labyrinth, without forgetting the exuberant sun garden.
On a daily basis, the estate's gardeners pamper the vegetables in the greenhouse, prune the roses and box trees, and take care of all the plants and trees in an "organic" way. Numerous species of birds flourish in this site, classified as an LPO (League for the Protection of Birds) refuge.
A visit to the Château de Villandry also reveals, throughout the rooms, beautiful 18th century interiors and a collection of old Spanish paintings. Located on the route of the Loire by bike, between Tours and Saumur, Villandry is often a stopover for cyclists, before continuing, still in Indre-et-Loire, to the castles of Langeais, Azay-le-Rideau and Chinon.
Rating / Labels
- Jardin remarquable
- 500 ans RenaissanceS
- Accueil Vélo site de visite et de loisirs
- Démarche d'excellence grands sites
- Escapades aux jardins
- Parcs et Jardins en région Centre
- Site Ambassadeur Unesco
Comfort / services
|Lundi||09h00 à 17h30|
|Mardi||09h00 à 17h30|
|Mercredi||09h00 à 17h30|
|Jeudi||09h00 à 17h30|
|Vendredi||09h00 à 17h30|
|Samedi||09h00 à 17h30|
|Dimanche||09h00 à 17h30|
Extra reception info
Port du masque obligatoire. Pas de visite guidée. Pas d'audioguide. Consignes inaccessibles.
- Full adult price : from 7,50 € to 12,00 € - Jardins - Jardins + château
- Discount rate : from 5,00 € to 7,00 € - Jardins - Jardins + château. 8/18 ans, étudiants -26 ans
- Group rate : from 5,50 € to 8,50 € - Jardins - Jardins + château + 15 pers. Gratuité chauffeur & accompagnateur
- Audioguide extra charge : 4,00 € - Audioguide (version adulte ou enfant)
- Free rate : Moins de 8 ans