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Chateau de Chinon is the place where Joan of Arc first spotted the dethroned Charles VII in disguise and persuaded him to lend her an army to drive the English out of France.  Today, the almost ruined fortress lies perched above the town overlooking the river Vienne. 

Chinon's medieval town centre is so perfect that you feel like you have stepped back in time.  Rue Voltaire is where you'll find 15th to 16th century houses including the Musee Anime du Vin which explores the history of wine making.  Note the houses made of the distinctive white tufa stone contrasting sharply with the more common half-timbered houses.

Chinon is, of course, a perfect base for exploring some of the Loire's best loved chateau such as Villandry, Azay-le-Rideau and Langeais.  It also appeals to walkers and cyclists who are spoiled with the spectacular surrounds of the Foret de Chinon.

What to See - Chinon Attractions

Château d'Usse
Usse, SW of Tours,
a romantic, fairy-tale château overlooking the river Indre
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mid Feb - Mid Nov:daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 95 54 05

Château de Langeais
Langeais, SW of Tours,
a superb château built for defense purposes by Louis XI
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 96 72 60

Château d'Azay-le-Rideau
Azay-le-Rideau, S of Tours,
called a "multi-faceted diamond" by Balzac this superb Château is a must on the list of Loire attractions
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep: daily; Oct-Mar: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 45 42 04

Château de Villandry
Villandry, SW of Tours,
the last great Renaissance Château built in the Loire Valley - a true gem!
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Feb-Mid Nov: daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 50 02 09

La Deviniere
visit the birthplace of Francois Rabelais the 16th century writer, priest & doctor
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 95 91 18

Hotel Gouin
25 rue du Commerce, Tours 37000
Tour's history & archaeological musuem housed in the Renaissance home of a former silk merchant
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 66 22 32

Château de Chinon
Chinon, 37500
a huge medieval fortress once favoured by the Plantagenet Kings more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mar - Oct: daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 93 13 45

Musee des Beaux Arts
18 Place Francois Sicard, Tours 37000
is set in an 18th century archbishop's palace with worthy paintings by Mantegna taken from Italy by Napoleon
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 05 68 73

Musee anime du Vin
12 rue Voltaire, Chinon 37500
an interesting insight into how wine and wine barrels are made including tasting of course!
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Easter - Sep: daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 47 93 25 63