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Azay-le-Rideau Castle



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What to expect

The Azay-le-Rideau Castle, located on an island in the heart of the Loire Valley, is one of the first Loire Valley castles built in the Renaissance style, characteristic of the 16th century. Constructed between 1518 and 1527 during the reign of François I, this architectural jewel is steeped in history. Immerse yourself in royalty as you admire the cultural richness near the Indre River. Delightfully wander through this castle and ascend the steps of its sumptuously decorated staircase while marveling at the beauty of the ceilings and Italian-inspired decorations. Stroll through the eight hectares of English-style gardens designed in the 19th century. Finally, admire a water mirror reflecting from the south facade of the castle which, as Honoré de Balzac said, is akin to "a diamond set by the Indre."


Azay-le-Rideau Castle Hours
January 1 - March 31
Open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:15 PM
April 1 - June 30
Open daily from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
July 1 - August 31
Open daily from 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM
September 1 - September 30
Open daily from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
October 1 – December 31
Open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:15 PM

Last admission one hour before closing
Closures: January 1, May 1, and December 25

Practical Information

  • The visit lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. A visit document is available, as well as a game booklet for children aged 6 to 12.
  • An audio guide is available in French, English, German, Spanish, and Italian. An audio guide is available for children in French.
  • Cancellation conditions: tickets are non-cancellable and non-refundable.

Free Admission

  • Under 18 (with family and excluding school groups)
  • 18-25 years old (EU nationals and regular non-EU residents in the European Union territory)
  • Disabled person and accompanying person
  • Jobseeker, upon presentation of an attestation less than 6 months old
  • Culture Card - ICOM Card
  • Teachers with the Education Pass
  • For everyone: the first Sunday of each month, from November 1 to March 31

Customer Reviews

4/51 review

Laurence G.
impossible d imprimer les tickets…
Published over a year ago
impossible d imprimer les tickets moins de 18ans ainssi que les lieux ou les enfants payent leurs places

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