Informations pratique


Château de Chenonceau


Travelling time from Paris :
- 2 hours by car via the A10 motorway (also called l'Aquitaine); leave at the Blois or Amboise exits.
- 1 hour by TGV from Paris-Montparnasse to Saint Pierre des Corps.
- 25 minutes by TER from Tours to Chenonceaux.



owners : Monsieur and Madame Jean-Louis Menier

Tel. : n°indigo +33 820 20 90 90 (0,09 ttc/mn from France)

Tel. : +33 2 47 23 90 07

Fax : +33 2 47 23 44 14

Contact : Yveline Galand – Promotion Manager


2012 Services & opening times

The Chateau is open all year round.
From 1st january to 10th february : 9h30 to 17h00
From 11th february to 11th march : 9h30 to 17h30
From 12th to 31st march : 9h30 to 18h30
From 1st april to 31st may : 9h00 to 19h00
From 1st to 30th june : 9h00 to 19h30
From 1st july to 31st august : 9h00 to 20h00
From 1st to 30th september : 9h00 to 19h30
From 1st to 26th october : 9h00 to 18h30
From 27th october to 11thnovember : 9h00 to 18h00
From 12thnovember to 31st décember : 9h30 to 17h00
Link days for Spring Public Holiday weekends :
Easter: 7, 8, 9 april
1st May : 28,29,30 april,1st May
8th May : 5,6,7, 8 May
Ascension:17,18,19, 20 May,
Whitsun: 26, 27, 28 May; 09.00 to 19.30.

The Chateau remains open for 30 minutes after the ticket office closes.

Accessible to people with limited mobility Airport / Aerodrome nearby Children's playground Shop Parking area for camper vans and caravans Dogs admitted when kept on lead Group visit Audio guide Room hire Free bus parking Open 7 days out of 7 Shady picnic areas Sale of flowers and plants Restaurant Tearoom

Tariffs 2012

Individual admissions
Chateau (with brochure)
Adults 11,00 €
Children aged 7 to 18 8.50 €
Students on presentation of student card 8.50 €
Chateau (audio guide visit)
Adults 15,00 €
Children aged 7 to 18 12,00 €
Students on presentation of student card 12,00 €
Chateau (with brochure), Waxwork Museum
Adults 13,00 €
Children aged 7 to 18 10.50 €
Students on presentation of student card 10.50 €
Chateau (audio guide visit), Waxwork Museum
Adults 16,00 €
Children aged 7 to 18 14,00 €
Students on presentation of student card 14,00 €

Group admissions
Groups of more than 20 people
Chateau (with brochure) 8.50 €
Chateau (with brochure) & Waxwork Museum 10.50 €
Chateau (with audioguide/on Reservation)
(from September to April)
12,00 €
Chateau (with brochure) & Waxwork Museum
(On Reservation from September to April)
14,00 €


Built on the river in the heart of the Loire Valley, which was the cradle of the French Renaissance, the Château de Chenonceau, (also known as the Château des Dames, or the Ladies' Chateau) is one of the best loved, best known and most visited historic monuments.

Its French style gardens, a symbol of romanticism, are a dazzling reminder of the taste and sophistication of the women who inspired them: Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis.

As well as tours of the Chateau and its gardens, the estate offers visitors a wide variety of attractions: the gourmet restaurant in the Orangery, a self-service restaurant, the sale of wines from the estate, a waxwork museum, the floral compositions in each of the rooms of the Chateau, a planted maze, the new kitchen garden and the XVIth Century farm.

And well worth discovering: a unique way of visiting or revisiting Chenonceau using your Apple iPod – Chenonceau is the first historical heritage site in France to use this must-have technology in this way.

Tours of the Chateau


You can choose from several options for your visit: a simple tour of the Chateau and gardens, with a brochure in a choice of 11 languages which is supplied at reception; or why not tour the Chateau using the must-have technology of your Apple iPod? The self-guided tour is also available in 11 languages. Or the third option: a combined tour including the Waxwork Museum, which features a walk through history from the Renaissance to the Great War.

Throughout your tour of the Chateau you will discover the exceptional floral compositions.

From June to November each year the Château de Chenonceau hosts the works of a featured artist in the Gallery.

Tours of the Gardens


The gardens of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Médicis boast a multitude of rare plant species and hundreds of climbing and standard roses. The Kitchen Garden and the XVIth Century farm are definitely not to be missed. A maze planted with 2000 yew trees and designed according to an Italian sketch dating from 1720 is adorned in its centre by a gloriette made of living wicker.

Pleasant strolls


Boat hire
From July to August boats may be hired for leisurely contemplation of the arches of the Chateau gallery from the river. Rate: 4.00 Euros (maximum 4 people).

Evening walks
Every weekend in June, and every evening from 1st July to 31st August, the gardens are open for evening walks. The music of the master of Italian classicism Arcangelo Corelli celebrates the splendour of the illuminated setting. From the entrance gate the great avenue of hundred-year-old trees is transformed into a blue-lit arch against which the silhouettes of the sphinxes and the "Ladies' Chateau" stand out in the distance..


After your tour the self-service restaurant welcomes you in the former Royal Stables of the Bâtiment des Dômes. There is seating for around 160 people indoors and a further 100 on the terrace.
For a gourmet lunch, the traditional Orangery restaurant can seat 200 people inside the large hall, 25 people in the small morning room and 100 people on the terrace. (Open from mid-March to mid-November).


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