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Château of Azay-le-Rideau Skip-the-Line Ticket

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Take a guided tour of the newly renovated 16th century Château of Azay-le-Rideau, lying in the center of the Indre River in the stunning Loire Valley. Discover new collections, mobile applications and a romantic park!
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  • Discover an architectural jewel set within a romantic park in the Loire Valley's Indre River
  • Explore the 19th-century living and dining rooms of the Marquis of Biencourt
  • Enjoy the fruits of an exceptional restoration programme
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The Château of Azay-le-Rideau was built in the heart of Loire Valley during the reign of François I, and offers all the charm of the Renaissance. It is a 16th-century architectural masterpiece, rising up from an island formed by the Indre River, and is situated within a romantic 19th-century park. The château boasts a colorful history. In 1510, Gilles Berthelot acquired the seigneurie and fortress of Azay, rebuilding it in the sumptuous Italian style that was popular at the time. After Berthelot's relative Semblança, who had been aiding Berthelot in building his wealth in the region, was accused of embezzlement and executed, Berthelot fled. The château was then given by François I to his companion-in-arms, Antoine Rafin, and his descendants, who lived there until the 18th century, after which it fell into the possession of the Marquis Charles de Biencourt, responsible for the château's beautiful gardens.

After benefiting from an exceptional restoration program, this jewel of the Loire Valley will be revealing its finery in the summer of 2017. The château also offers a new experience: new highlighted collections, a dream-like tour path, mobile tour guide applications, the romantic park and so on. Not to be missed: the living room and dining room of the Marquis of Biencourt (19th century décors), the atmospheric staging of the kitchen, the new interpretation area.

The sight is protected by UNESCO, and features gothic motifs, a royal apartment used by Louis XIII in 1619, stunning Renaissance ornamentation and façades that overlook the lakes, with apartments embellished with overhanging corner turrets.
  • Skip-the-Line ticket to the Château of Azay-le-Rideau
  • Gift shop
  • Bicycle storage
  • Tea rooms open from 1st April to 30th September

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CHÂTEAU D’AZAY-LE-RIDEAU 37190 Azay-le-Rideau. Please note that this attraction closes at 4:00 PM on 24th December and 31st December 2017.

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• Please note that this attraction closes at 4:00 PM on 24th December and 31st December 2017
• There is free admission for minors under 18, and 18-25 years old (EU nationals and EU residents)
• Last entry into the the château is 1 hour before closing time
• The average length of a visit is 1.5 hours
• Guided tours are in French, with audioguides available in French, English, German, Italian and Spanish
• Adapted tours for disabled visitors

From US$ 13.43 per person

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