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Orleans Office de tourisme
6 rue Albert 1er Orleans

Tel:+33 (0)2 38 24 05 05
Fax:+33 (0)2 38 54 49 84

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Orleans has strong ties with a simple peasant girl, Joan of Arc who stormed the city in 1429 to overthrow English forces and restore Charles VII to the French throne.  Reminders of Joan are everywhere not least in the Cathedrale Ste-Croix where her pedestal is protected by two golden leopards. 

The town itself was heavily bombed in WWII although the historic centre remained largely untouched.  Place du Matroi is a good starting point complete with equestrian statue of none other than Orleans' heroine herself!  One of the grandest Renaissance mansions is Hotel Groslot where kings Charles IX, Henry III and Henri IV all stayed.

Orleans is a useful base for exploring the Loire Valley and the surrounding vineyards of Sancerre which produces the region's venerated white wine.

What to See - Orleans Attractions

a medieval town with possibilities for walks along the banks of the Loire

Château de Beauregard
built originally as a hunting lodge for Francois I more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 54 51 26 26

Château de Cheverny
a fine Classical château which still belongs to a descendant of the original owner more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 54 79 96 29

Forest exhibitions
discover the Domaine National de Chambord which surrounds the Château
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Every pm (not Fri) from Sep-Oct | Tel: +33 (0)2 54 50 50 00

Château de Chambord
the largest of the Royal château and truly outstanding in every way more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 54 50 40 00

Hotel Groslet
Place de L'Etape, Orleans 45000
a grandiose 'hotel particulier' or mansion where Francois II died
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 38 79 22 30

Maison Jeanne d'Arc
3 place du General de Gaulle, Orleans 45000
details the life of Orleans' famous heroine
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sun; Nov-Apr:daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 38 52 99 89

Château de Blois
Place du Château, Blois 41000
the outstanding royal castle where murders and intrigue was the order of the day more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 54 90 33 32

Musee des Beaux Arts
Place Ste-Croix, Orleans 45000
gallery with European art from 16th to 20th century
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sat & Sun pm | Tel: +33 (0)2 38 79 21 55