Imagine a palace precariously perched on a promontory overlooking the Loire River, and try to picture gardens seemingly suspended between sky and earth…  It is hardly astonishing that Amboise was a preferred site of the kings of France when they radically transformed their country during the Renaissance. For more than two centuries, the history of the royal château of Amboise was intimately interlinked with the epic narrative of French history. Kings Charles VIII and François I, the genius Leonardo da Vinci (buried in the château chapel), Queens Anne of Brittany and Catherine de’ Medici and, finally, the last “king of the French”, Louis-Philippe, were familiar faces in the castle.

Having occupied a major role in the history of France, the château currently possesses an exceptionally rich collection of Gothic and Renaissance furnishing attesting to the artistic sophistication of the first French Renaissance.

Following discovery of the royal lodgings and the imposing cavalier towers, the visitor’s stroll continues through panoramic gardens with their dominating the Loire. Even in this day and age, the view is nothing short of breathtaking. From the ramparts at a 180° angle, the visitor will discover landscapes registered in the UNESCO World Heritage.

A vibrant château in harmony with surrounding nature, a safe and serene haven for more than 80 species of birds, Amboise is also a site for innovation in which as of this year new technologies, such as the HistoPad, will further enrich your discovery.

Discover the château Escape Game: Inside the château, the Escape Game entitled “Conquering the Empire” will allow you to assume the role of royal police inspector and to immerse yourself in the arcana of the power wielded by François the First. Will you manage to distinguish truth from lies, ambassadors from spies? Escape Game is open all year long for teams of 4, 5 or 6 players.

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Visits

  • Average duration of the individual visit : 01h30
  • Average duration of the group visit : 01h30
  • Available languages
    • Panneaux : French, English
    • Parlées : French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portugese

Activities

  • Specific theme activities
  • Junior workshop
  • Temporary exhibitions
  • Son & Lumière

Opening time

From April 01 to June 30, 2019
Monday09 AM - 06:30 PM
Tuesday09 AM - 06:30 PM
Wenesday09 AM - 06:30 PM
Thursday09 AM - 06:30 PM
Friday09 AM - 06:30 PM
Saturday09 AM - 06:30 PM
Sunday09 AM - 06:30 PM
From July 01 to August 31, 2019
Monday09 AM - 07 PM
Tuesday09 AM - 07 PM
Wenesday09 AM - 07 PM
Thursday09 AM - 07 PM
Friday09 AM - 07 PM
Saturday09 AM - 07 PM
Sunday09 AM - 07 PM
From September 01 to November 01, 2019
Monday09 AM - 06 PM
Tuesday09 AM - 06 PM
Wenesday09 AM - 06 PM
Thursday09 AM - 06 PM
Friday09 AM - 06 PM
Saturday09 AM - 06 PM
Sunday09 AM - 06 PM
From 02 to November 15, 2019
Monday09 AM - 05:30 PM
Tuesday09 AM - 05:30 PM
Wenesday09 AM - 05:30 PM
Thursday09 AM - 05:30 PM
Friday09 AM - 05:30 PM
Saturday09 AM - 05:30 PM
Sunday09 AM - 05:30 PM
From November 16 to December 24, 2019
Monday09 AM - 12:30 PM and 02 PM - 04:45 PM
Tuesday09 AM - 12:30 PM and 02 PM - 04:45 PM
Wenesday09 AM - 12:30 PM and 02 PM - 04:45 PM
Thursday09 AM - 12:30 PM and 02 PM - 04:45 PM
Friday09 AM - 12:30 PM and 02 PM - 04:45 PM
Saturday09 AM - 12:30 PM and 02 PM - 04:45 PM
Sunday09 AM - 12:30 PM and 02 PM - 04:45 PM
From 26 to December 31, 2019
Monday09 AM - 04:45 PM
Tuesday09 AM - 04:45 PM
Wenesday09 AM - 04:45 PM
Thursday09 AM - 04:45 PM
Friday09 AM - 04:45 PM
Saturday09 AM - 04:45 PM
Sunday09 AM - 04:45 PM

Prices

Full adult price : € 12.80

Discount rate : € 11.00

Child rate : € 8.80

Free rate

Group rate : € 9.60

Guided tour extra charge : € 92.00

Other rates : from € 27.00 to € 34.00

Further information

Labels

  • Jardin remarquable
    Jardin remarquable
  • La Loire à Vélo
    La Loire à Vélo
  • Qualité Tourisme
    Qualité Tourisme
  • 500 ans RenaissanceS
    500 ans RenaissanceS

Payment method

  • American Express
  • Mastercard

Services and equipments

  • Interactive terminal
  • Shop
  • Picnic area
  • Bar / refreshment bar