Château D’Amboise

About Château d'Amboise

The Château Royal d'Amboise is a French castle perched gently above the river, with grounds that span from earth to heaven. The castle has a powerful presence in the town, particularly from the bridge and the other side of the river, which dominates a considerable portion of the town centre. 

TheChâteau d'Amboise, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a beautiful chateau overlooking the Loire River and Valley. This castle in Amboise was captured by Charles VII of France in 1434 and has since housed several French kings. The gardens at Chateau D'Amboise are also well-known. Visitors can tour the castle grounds, stroll around the gardens, and learn about the castle's extensive history at Chateau D'Amboise. You will also see the Chapel of Saint Hubert, which has some spectacular architecture and sculptures, and the Italian master Leonardo da Vinci's ultimate resting place. 

It was built on various levels and is accessible with assistance. This Castle in Amboise hosts guided and unguided tours, which can be customised upon request. Audio-visual guides with content in sub-titled French Sign Language, audio-description, movies of sections without access for tourists in wheelchairs, and fun content for mentally disabled visitors are among the equipment offered. 

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Château D’Amboise Highlights

Renaissance architecture

Fra Giocondo and Domenico da Cortona, two Italian mason builders, hired by Charles VIII, created the first Renaissance decorative motifs. During his voyages in the 1490s, Charles VIII discovered the Italian Renaissance style and commissioned additions and renovations, giving Amboise a superb example of early Renaissance architecture. Louis XII, his successor, built the Renaissance wing perpendicular to the Gothic wing.

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Château D’Amboise Gardens

The Chateau d'Amboise grounds are a wonderful blend of perfectly clipped cones and box balls. They perfectly match the chateau's majestic architecture. The minimalist colour scheme of green, white, and grey, with hints of pink and blue, complements the garden and castle well. A new garden with geometric stone slabs with rosemary, jasmine, cyprus, and laurel was added in 2005.

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Château D’Amboise Towers

One of the Chateau's attractions are the two towers, Tour Heurtault and Tous des Minimes. Rather than steps, the towers have a gentle slope to the summit. The quai serves as the entrance to the towers, while the slope provides access to the garden terrace for carriages and troops on horseback.

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Saint Hubert Chapel

The Chapel of Saint Hubert is a Gothic chapel positioned precisely on the edge of the chateau's wall, erected between 1491 and 1496. The chapel, despite its tiny size, is beautifully built and portrays the story of Saint Hubert. The church's stunning sculptures and architecture make it a must-see for visitors.

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Tomb Of Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian genius, was buried at the Chapel of Saint Hubert. After the church of St. Florentin in Amboise was razed during the French Revolution, Da Vinci's bones were moved to the Chapel of Saint Hubert.

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History Of Château D’Amboise

The Château D'Amboise was built at the end of the ninth century. When the owner, Louis D'Amboise, was discovered scheming against the king, Charles VII of France. Charles VIII significantly rebuilt the castle, first in 1492 in the late French gothic style and then in 1495, offering us some of the best architectural delights.

From Its Origin to 1431

The Châteliers peninsula has been an appropriate observation position for the confluence of the Loire and one of its tributaries, the Amasse, since Neolithic times. It was approximately 40 metres tall and provided excellent natural defence. The town became the capital of the Turones, a Celtic people who named the future province of Touraine after themselves. Since this time, the site has been fortified. Roman legions also inhabited this fortified location. According to local legend, Julius Caesar (100 BC- 44 BC) was smitten with the Amboise oppidum here.

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In the 15th and 16th centuries

The arrival of Charles VII (1403-1422-1461) and his wife Marie of Anjou (1404-1463) at Bourges marked the start of the French kings' stay in the Loire Valley. On the other hand, the latter favoured the fortified Château of Amboise over the Châteaux of Loches and Chinon. The king's enduring affection for his childhood château undoubtedly inspired his decision to turn the erstwhile mediaeval stronghold into a spectacular Gothic palace. Charles VIII was also the château's great architect since he oversaw the construction of two ceremonial loggias and a chapel in his father's oratory.

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17th and 18th centuries

Amboise kept its function as a fortification at the end of the 16th century due to its strategic location. Still, it also became a residence for French sovereigns who remained there during their trips around the kingdom. Louis XIII gave the order for the construction of new defences in 1620. However, due to a lack of upkeep, the château began to deteriorate. Between 1627 and 1660, the principal elements of the loggia inside the château's western wing were dismantled. 

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19th and 20th centuries

The Consulate (1799-1804) and the Empire (1804-1814/1815) marked the beginning of a new era in the Château's history. Senator Roger Ducos (1747-1816), a former member of the Directory, was given Amboise in 1803. The Senator was thanked by the First Consul Napoléon Bonaparte (future Napoléon Ier) for his assistance in taking power. In 1806, the Senator ordered the destruction of 'useless or dilapidated' buildings to renovate the Château' (the Loggia of the Seven Virtues and neighbouring buildings). He notably destroyed the Henri II wing, St. Florentin Collegiate Church (an 11th-century structure), and the canon's home. The garden has also been renovated. The entire project was completed in 1811.

Plan Your Visit To Chateau d'Amboise

Timings & Visitor's Comfort
How To Reach

Timings: 9 am to 6:30 pm

Visitor's Comfort:

  • This amboise castle consists of a cafe, well–equipped toilets, a baby changer room, shops, and picnic spots. 
  • Dogs are allowed on leash in the gardens, but they cannot be carried in a bag inside the castle. 
  • Underground areas are prohibited for dogs.

By car:

  • From the A10, take the Amboise exit, then the D31, then the N152 for 15 kilometres.
  • From the A28, take the Tours-Sud interchange toward the A85.
  • From the A85, take the Bléré – Amboise – Chenonceau exit, then the D31 towards Amboise.

By train:

Use the INTERCITIES Line from Paris or Austerlitz to Amboise. The destination is around a 20-minute walk away (approx 1.3 kilometres)

  • Since the Chateau d'Amboise is a designated Historical Monument, facilities for people with limited mobility are not always available. It is recommended that an adult accompany guests with limited mobility.
  • Toilets are designed to be easily accessible to guests with limited mobility.
  • In the gardens, assistance dogs are permitted on a leash.

  • Suitcases and large bags are not allowed so please carry your belongings in small bags only.
  • Before entry, all your belongings will be checked so keep them ready and don’t panic.
  • On the grounds of the Chateau d'Amboise, smoking is not allowed, so avoid it at all cost.
  • Dogs are not allowed in the attraction's underground portions, so bring a helper along when visiting the attraction.
  • Dogs must be on a leash when taking a stroll in the gardens and carried in your hands when entering the chateau, so please train them accordingly.
  • Picnics are permitted in the chateau's gardens, so bring all the facilities to set up family outings.

FAQ's about Château d'Amboise

Is the Chateau D’Amboise tour open now?

Yes, the Chateau d'Amboise is open to the public. Tickets for the Chateau D'Amboise can be purchased online.

What is the best time to go for the Château D’Amboise tour?

To avoid crowds, the ideal time to visit Château D'Amboise is early in the morning, about 9 a.m.

How long does it take to drive to Chateau D’Amboise from Paris?

The trip from Paris to Amboise Castle takes about 2.5 hours.

When was Chateau D’Amboise built?

Chateau D'Amboise was constructed in the 11th century.

How long should I spend in Chateau D’Amboise?

It is suggested that you spend around half a day exploring the Chateau D'Amboise.

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