THE ROYAL CHÂTEAU OF AMBOISE: A SUMPTUOUS BALCONY OVER THE LOIRE 

Built on a rocky outcrop, the Royal Château of Amboise majestically surveys the Loire. The château became a royal residence at the start of the Renaissance and was the first to introduce the Italian taste to the Loire Valley thanks to King Charles VIII, who built it. The work was continued with enthusiasm by King Francis I, with the help of the Tuscan genius Leonardo da Vinci, who is buried in the château’s chapel. Today, visitors can discover the château during an unforgettable visit that will reveal all the secrets of this sumptuous building and true gem of a château!  

THE ROYAL CHÂTEAU OF AMBOISE: A STORY THAT STARTED IN ANTIQUITY 

Ever since prehistoric times, the rocky outcrop of Amboise and its exceptional views have offered many advantages for those who settled there. The site was quickly fortified and entered history books in the 5th century after the battle between Clovis and the Visigoth King Alaric. First a residence then a barracks for campaign veterans after the Revolution, the Royal Château of Amboise has seen all the major events in the history of France. Its decor from the early French Renaissance period has welcomed many a prestigious guest who left their mark!

Vue sur le château depuis les terrasses

In the 15th and 16th centuries, the Royal Château of Amboise had a special status as the favourite residence of the Kings of France and a place to bring up their children. It was the childhood home of Francis I and it was during the latter’s reign that the Royal Château of Amboise reached the height of its glory. Several years later, the children of King Henry II and his wife Catherine de’ Medici were brought up here, and Louis XIV and Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte also both spent brief periods at the château. Now it is your turn to walk in the footsteps of these prestigious figures!  

JC Coutand – ADT Touraine

THE CITY OF AMBOISE AND ITS CHÂTEAU

MUST-SEES AT THE ROYAL CHÂTEAU OF AMBOISE 

JC Coutand – ADT Touraine
Chateau royal d'Amboise en hiver

THE ROYAL APPARTMENT 

Once a nerve centre of activity for the French court in the château, the Royal Apartment is spread over three floors that are open for visit: the ground and first floors are dedicated to the Renaissance, while the second floor is dedicated to the 19th century and the reign of Louis-Philippe. Highlights of the visit include the Council Room where the king held audiences, the Guard Room, the King’s Bedchamber and the impressive Minimes Cavalry Tower! 

THE SAINT HUBERT CHAPEL 

The jewel in the crown of the Royal Château of Amboise, this chapel was the private oratory of the kings of France and appears to literally float above the city. The building also contains Leonardo da Vinci’s grave. The celebrated Italian painter lived in the nearby Château of Le Clos Lucé at the invitation of Francis I, who gave him full use of the estate. 

Gillard et Vincent – CRT Centre-Val de Loire
Vue sur la chapelle et le château d'Amboise
Léonard de Serres

THE GARDEN

Walk amid nature at the Royal Château of Amboise! The château’s magnificent garden covers more than two hectares and is composed of two main areas: the Naples Terrace, which was designed in the late 15th century and was the first “Italian-style” garden in the kingdom of France, and the contemporary garden, which is comprised of an English-style park commissioned by Louis-Philippe and featuring thousands of “box balls”: a real must-see! 

DID YOU KNOW?

The garden of the Royal Château of Amboise is tended in an ecologically friendly way and is listed as a “Remarkable Garden” and an “LPO Ornithological Refuge”. 

JC Coutand – ADT Touraine
Vue depuis les remparts du château royal d'Amboise

THE RAMPARTS 

As you explore the picturesque grounds, climb up to the château’s ramparts to enjoy breathtaking views over the Loire Valley. To the west, you can admire a stunning prospect of the city, while to the east, the Loire and a rich expanse of countryside stretch out as far as the eye can see. 

VISIT THE ROYAL CHÂTEAU OF AMBOISE IN A NEW WAY WITH A HISTOPAD  

Do you want to explore the Royal Château of Amboise in an unusual way? Pick up a HistoPad, a free and easy-to-use mediation tool that will open the doors to an augmented reality visit. With the device, you will meet the familiar faces of Francis I and Leonardo da Vinci and admire beautifully recreated decor from the past!  

FAQ 

How do I get to the Royal Château of Amboise?

You can access the Royal Château of Amboise via the Emir Abd El Kader ramp. There are several car parks nearby. Situated at the heart of the Loire Valley, the city of Amboise is just 20 minutes from Tours by train and approximately 2 hours 40 minutes from Paris by car. You can also cycle to the château along the dykes of the Loire. 

Good to know: the train station in Amboise is just 10 minutes’ walk from the foot of the château. 

What is the best way to book a visit?

Save time and prepare your visit to the Royal Château of Amboise by booking your ticket via the link below! 

OPENING TIMES OF THE ROYAL CHÂTEAU OF AMBOISE

Horaires d’ouverture du 01 May au 30 June 2024
Lundi Ouvert de 09h à 18h30
Mardi Ouvert de 09h à 18h30
Mercredi Ouvert de 09h à 18h30
Jeudi Ouvert de 09h à 18h30
Vendredi Ouvert de 09h à 18h30
Samedi Ouvert de 09h à 18h30
Dimanche Ouvert de 09h à 18h30
Horaires d’ouverture du 01 July au 31 August 2024
Lundi Ouvert de 09h à 19h
Mardi Ouvert de 09h à 19h
Mercredi Ouvert de 09h à 19h
Jeudi Ouvert de 09h à 19h
Vendredi Ouvert de 09h à 19h
Samedi Ouvert de 09h à 19h
Dimanche Ouvert de 09h à 19h
Horaires d’ouverture du 01 September au 18 October 2024
Lundi Ouvert de 09h à 18h
Mardi Ouvert de 09h à 18h
Mercredi Ouvert de 09h à 18h
Jeudi Ouvert de 09h à 18h
Vendredi Ouvert de 09h à 18h
Samedi Ouvert de 09h à 18h
Dimanche Ouvert de 09h à 18h
Horaires d’ouverture du 19 October au 03 November 2024
Lundi Ouvert de 09h à 17h
Mardi Ouvert de 09h à 17h
Mercredi Ouvert de 09h à 17h
Jeudi Ouvert de 09h à 17h
Vendredi Ouvert de 09h à 17h
Samedi Ouvert de 09h à 17h
Dimanche Ouvert de 09h à 17h
Horaires d’ouverture du 04 November au 20 December 2024
Lundi Ouvert de 09h à 12h30 et de 14h à 16h30
Mardi Ouvert de 09h à 12h30 et de 14h à 16h30
Mercredi Ouvert de 09h à 12h30 et de 14h à 16h30
Jeudi Ouvert de 09h à 12h30 et de 14h à 16h30
Vendredi Ouvert de 09h à 12h30 et de 14h à 16h30
Samedi Ouvert de 09h à 12h30 et de 14h à 16h30
Dimanche Ouvert de 09h à 12h30 et de 14h à 16h30
Horaires d’ouverture du 21 December au 31 December 2024
Lundi Ouvert de 09h à 16h30
Mardi Ouvert de 09h à 16h30
Mercredi Ouvert de 09h à 16h30
Jeudi Ouvert de 09h à 16h30
Vendredi Ouvert de 09h à 16h30
Samedi Ouvert de 09h à 16h30
Dimanche Ouvert de 09h à 16h30
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