5 Good reasons to visit the Loire Valley Châteaux

This could be the ideal year for you to visit – or revisit – the Loire Valley Châteaux whose silhouettes punctuate the Loire Valley. As testimonies to our past, they have an important role to play in the 21st century and are using the latest technologies to immerse visitors in their vibrant past. 

Visit the Loire Valley Châteaux and step into history

Visiting the Loire Valley Châteaux is like turning the pages of a life-size history book! At the Château de Langeais, step back in time and attend the wedding of Anne of Brittany and Charles VIII which marked the attachment of Brittany to the Kingdom of France. Imagine Leonardo da Vinci working in his studios at the Château du Clos Lucé, a stone’s throw away from the Royal Château d’Amboise. Discover the Château de Chambord and its vast estate where Francis I loved to hunt. Relive the moment when Joan of Arc met Charles VII at the Royal Fortress of Chinon. Wander through the Château de Brissac and discover the history of this family château. Roam around the Château of the Dukes of Brittany, built towards the end of the 15th century by Francis II, followed by his daughter Anne of Brittany, twice crowned Queen of France.    

Visit the Loire Valley Châteaux using digital technologies 

Immerse yourself in virtual reality tours! Explore long-lost rooms, discover buildings demolished centuries ago, marvel at the decor and furniture of the châteaux as they appeared during the reigns of Kings and Queens, or have fun handling objects! Children and adults alike, armed with their HistoPad, can embark on a fun and immersive visit, following in the footsteps of great figures in the history of France!

Visit the Loire Valley Châteaux and enjoy strolling in their gardens

Laid out around the châteaux, parks and gardens form verdant settings that beg to be explored on foot. At the Château de Chenonceau, the Gardens of Diane and Catherine pay homage to two famous Ladies of the Château. Continuing along the banks of the River Cher, the Renaissance gardens of the Château de Villandry dazzle with their blaze of colours. Visitors can enjoy peaceful walks throughout the grounds, from the famous raised-bed vegetable garden to the “Jardin du soleil” (Sun Garden) occupying the highest terrace. The fourteen fairy-tale gardens of the Château du Rivau are home to monumental works of art which immerse visitors in a fantasy world! Each year at the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, around thirty gardens are newly designed by artists and landscape gardeners from all over the world! Enjoy strolling through the vast grounds of the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau which is mirrored in the waters of the River Indre. Perfectly reflecting the rich heritage of the Anjou region, the different parts of the gardens of the Château d’Angers contain elements that embody the region’s identity: rose gardens, vines, vegetable plots and hanging gardens... From magnificent flowers and intricately patterned box hedging to tree-covered walkways...you will be enchanted by the gardens of the Loire Valley Châteaux.  

Visit the Loire Valley Châteaux at the heart of UNESCO World Heritage-listed landscapes 

The Loire Valley celebrates its 20th anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, in the Living Cultural Landscape category. From Sully-sur-Loire to Chalonnes-sur-Loire, magnificent landscapes unfold before your very eyes, highlighting the exquisite quality of their architectural heritage, historic cities and world-renowned châteaux.
These include the Château de Saumur, which offers visitors fantastic views over the Loire. Do not miss the Château de Brézé in the Loire Valley, with its unique underground tunnels and astonishing troglodyte rooms. A unique heritage that will amaze you!

Visit the Châteaux of the Loire Valley for family fun

Become a knight or a princess for the day at the Château de Langeais, save Maximilien de Béthune during an escape game at the Château de Sully-sur-Loire, or enter the world of Tintin at the Château de Cheverny. Immerse the whole family in the history of the Château des Ducs de Bretagne, thanks to the children's kit provided during your visit. At the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud, children will marvel at the Lego® room and the Paint installation which projects drawings onto a 70 m² surface. Children can also participate in a wide range of activities on offer at the Château d’Angers, including a snack break, of course!