Welcome to the official website of the Châteaux of the Loire Valley. The 22 châteaux of the Loire Valley include Chambord, Chenonceau, Sully-sur-Loire, Angers or Les Ducs de Bretagne in Nantes. Each site uncovers one of the fundamental chapters of the history of France. Discover the magnificent architecture, the beautifully kept gardens and the hidden treasures of the Loire Valley, and embark upon an enthralling journey through the splendid décors of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The châteaux of the Loire Valley follow the royal river, from Sully-sur-Loire to Nantes. Set near the cities of Orleans, Blois, Tours, Saumur or Angers, the châteaux have become landmarks of the Loire Valley.
Elegant Renaissance homes, imposing medieval fortresses, beautiful classical façades... The châteaux of the Loire Valley invite you on a journey through time. Their walls have witnessed the region’s past, during which important pages of the history of France have been written by kings and queens. From château to château, the region’s rich past unfurls. The royal Fortress of Chinon has kept alive the memory of the meeting between Joan of Arc and Charles VII. This important event had ended the siege of Orleans during the Hundred Year’s War. The château of Langeais has witnessed a historical marriage. Indeed, the union between Anne of Brittany and Charles VIII had concluded the annexation of Brittany by the Kingdom of France. Spared by the French Revolution, the château of Saumur has avoided destruction. In turn, it had become a State prison, followed by an arms and ammunition depot, before being restored. The public can now access it and discover its history. The Royal Abbey of Fontevraud is also steeped in history. It was once fuelled by monastic life when inhabited by abbesses and was then transformed into a prison. It now sits at the crossroads between heritage and contemporary culture.
Exceptional landscapes listed by UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Set on the banks of the Loire, 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Paris, the châteaux of the Loire Valley are surrounded by splendid greenery. Spread across 280 kilometres between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes-sur-Loire, these exceptional man-made landscapes are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, nature is both vibrant and exceptionally preserved and is home to remarkable wildlife. As each season gives way to another, the transformation of the royal river is a delight for the eyes! It is in this beautiful setting, between villages and rolling hills, historical cities and renowned vineyards, that the châteaux of the Loire Valley invite you to take a step back in time by discovering the history of France.
The châteaux of the Loire Valley: visits that are interactive and fun!
Through HistoPad and augmented reality visits, interactive displays, 3D models and night shows at the forefront of new technologies, the châteaux of the Loire Valley will take you on exciting visits which are both digital and fun! Francis I of France, Catherine de’ Medici, Leonardo da Vinci, King René, Napoleon... Many great kings, queens, artists and personalities chose the banks of the Loire as their home. Discover their story in their own homes at the châteaux of Chambord, Clos Lucé and Angers, the royal châteaux of Amboise and Blois or the Abbey of Fontevraud.
Take a stroll in the gardens of Villandry, through the colourful parterres of the vegetable and medicinal plant patches, or in the gardens of Brézé, at the heart of its troglodyte moats. Follow the alleyways of the gardens of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de’ Medici in the château of Chenonceau. Immerse yourself in the equestrian tradition of the Loire Valley at one of the most prestigious horse-riding school in the world, Le Cadre Noir of Saumur. Admire the 7-storey high château of Brissac, the highest in France.
News from the châteaux
Find out more about news and events in the châteaux of the Loire Valley.