Château Royal d’Amboise
In the heart of the Renaissance town of Amboise and its charming paved streets lies the Royal Chateau of Amboise. Charles VIII became the architect of this fine castle when he began to transform the original medieval dwelling into a gothic chateau. After his early death his work was continued by Louis XII – who was also obliged to marry his widow, Ann of Brittany. François 1st, one of the great kings of the Renaissance period, spent a large part of his childhood there under the protection of his uncle Louis XII and his wife. The great Italian genius, Leonardo da Vinci lies in the castle’s chapel just a few steps away from his last abode: Le Clos Lucé. From the terraces and balconies of the Royal Chateau of Amboise you have beautiful views of the Loire river and the town.
There are public carparks in the town and along the river banks.
Château Royal d’Amboise, 37400 Amboise
January : 9h00 – 12h30 and 14h00 – 16h45
February : 9h00 – 12h30 and 13h30 – 17h00
March : 9h00 – 17h30
April, May, June : 9h00 – 18h30
July, August : 9h00 – 19h00
September, October : 9h00 – 18h00
1st November (All Saints Day) : 9h00 – 17h30
16 November – 24 December : 9h00 – 12h30 and 14h00 – 16h45
Christmas : 9h00 – 16h45
The castle will close 30 minutes after the ticket office. The gardens will close one hour after the ticket office.
- Free lockers
- Animals must be carried in the castle and kept on a lead in the grounds.
Duration of visit : 1h
Visitors guide brochures are available in the following languages:
French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Czech, Romanian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Hungarian
Guided visits (more details at the entrance)
Guided visit of one hour: included in the ticket
Family visits during the school holidays: included in the ticket
Nearby activities : Bike rental: enjoy cycling along the Loire valley paths
Accommodation : hotels, bed and breakfast, self-catering