Royal Château of Amboise

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The royal chateau of Amboise – France Léonard de Serres

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The royal chateau of Amboise – Loire Valley Léonard de Serres

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The royal chateau of Amboise – France ADT Touraine / Jean-Christophe Coutand

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The tomb of Leonardo da Vinci, in the royal chateau of Amboise Léonard de Serres

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The royal chateau of Amboise Basile Moriceau

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The garden of Naples – Royal chateau of Amboise ADT Touraine / Jean-Christophe Coutand

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The royal chateau of Amboise – France ADT Touraine / Jean-Christophe Coutand

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The royal chateau of Amboise – France ADT Touraine / Jean-Christophe Coutand

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The royal chateau of Amboise Léonard de Serres

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The royal chateau of Amboise Basile Moriceau

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The Saint-Hubert chapel – Royal chateau of Amboise Droits réservés

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The royal chateau of Amboise Joel KLINGER

The Royal Château of Amboise is a palace built delicately above the river, with gardens stretching from the earth to the sky. It is a perfect example of the Loire châteaux.
The former medieval fortress on a rocky spur also provides a great view over the town of Amboise. During the reign of King Charles VIII, and then under Louis XII and Francis I, the castle was transformed into a royal residence. It played host to the French court during the Renaissance and attracted artists to the Loire valley from all over Europe, including Leonardo da Vinci. The Italian genius spent the last three years of his life here, as a guest of King Francis I. Although he lived in the neighbouring château of Clos Lucé, Leonardo da Vinci is buried in the Royal Château of Amboise. Each year, visitors from all over the world come to see his tomb in the beautiful Saint Hubert chapel.
The Royal Château of Amboise boasts an exceptional collection of furniture, illustrating the artistic refinement of the early French Renaissance. In each room of the residence, important episodes in the history of France are evoked. Visitors can also enjoy astonishing architecture, like the Minimes Tower and the Heurtault Tower, with its riders' access ramp, enabling horseriders to enter the château without dismounting. HistoPad tablets are available at the front desk to enhance your visit.
Outside, the Naples Garden was the first Renaissance garden in the Loire valley. There are plenty of other landscaped areas adding beauty to the site, such as the Orient garden, preserving the memory of the four years that Emir Abdelkader and members of his family spent in captivity in Amboise. In the park's avenues, you will no doubt come across one of the 80 bird species that have made their home here. The environmental policy launched a few years ago has been given official recognition through the LPO (French Bird Protection League) refuge label since 2019.
The Château d'Amboise belongs to the Saint-Louis foundation.
On site there is a tea room, shop and a reception or seminar area. Sound and light shows in summer.
Geographic location: in the east of Indre-et-Loire. By car: 30 minutes from Tours, 2 hours 30 min from Paris, 40 minutes from Saint-Aignan (Beauval Zoo).

Description

The Royal Château of Amboise is a former medieval fortress built on a rocky spur overlooking the River Loire and the town of Amboise. It was designed on several different levels and is accessible with assistance (private entrance, lift to access toilets for visitors with reduced mobility). Guided and non-guided tours are on offer and can be customised on request. Equipment available includes audio-visual guides with content in sub-titled French Sign Language, audio-description, videos of areas without access for visitors in wheel chairs and fun content for mentally impaired visitors. Visits in French Sign Language and "In All Senses" tactile tours are scheduled all through the year, plus "Easy Walks" in the gardens for visitors with reduced mobility and pushchairs.

Rating / Labels

  • Jardin remarquable
  • 500 ans RenaissanceS
  • Accueil Vélo site de visite et de loisirs
  • Démarche d'excellence grands sites
  • Parcs et Jardins en région Centre
  • Site Ambassadeur Unesco

Languages spoken

  • French
  • English

Comfort / services

  • Picnic area

Rates

  • Full adult price : 13,30 € - Entrée incluant l'HistoPad sans supplément de coût.
  • Discount rate : 11,50 € - Etudiant - Entrée incluant l'HistoPad sans supplément de coût.
  • Child rate : 9,10 € - 7/18 ans -Entrée incluant l'HistoPad sans supplément de coût.
  • Group rate : 9,80 € - + 20 pers. Entrée groupe incluant l'HistoPad sans supplément de coût.
  • Guided tour extra charge : 92,00 € - Forfait guidage (50 pers. max. 1h)
  • Free rate : - 7 ans, guide et chauffeur, journalistes (sur présentation de la carte de presse uniquement).

Payment options

  • American Express
  • Carte bleue
  • Postal or bank cheques
  • Travel vouchers
  • Holiday vouchers
  • Cash
  • Eurocard - Mastercard
  • Visa

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