Chateau Royal d'Amboise, Amboise

With sweeping panoramic views of the Loire valley, it's no wonder why Chateau Royal d'Amboise was a favorite royal residence of several successive kings. Balconies overlooking the valley create an air of grandeur. The tomb of Leonardo da Vinci resides in the Saint Hubert chapel, renowned as a masterpiece of extravagant Gothic architecture. An armored tank designed by Leonardo da Vinci sits on the grounds of the château.

The architecture quintessentially represents the French Renaissance with gardens and the Minimes and the Heurtault towers. The towers, which served as the royal residence, are available for you to explore, but you need prior permission. After the lavish royal pomp, with permission again, you can descend to the mysterious underground, a place few royals ever saw. Add Chateau Royal d'Amboise to your Amboise travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Amboise visit planner.
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  • French history at a few paces from the centre of Amboise, really interesting, in conjunction with the city it gives a marvellous idea of France in the 16 th 17 th century!  more »
  • We only saw this from the outside, but what an outside it is. The building is very impressive, but the setting really tops it. This is one I wish we had time to see inside, but there is only so...  more »
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  • What a beautiful week to see this grand castle. The architecture was beautiful and the decor was wonderful. I would highly recommend seeing this location if you have a chance!
  • Expensive. Worth booking online and in good time. Worth going. Went with our 3 children two of which wanted to whizz round but we took our time and in the end they all enjoyed it. The building is interesting and it's nice to know the history. Walking around the gardens and following different paths was exciting and when it is a lovely warm day (was actually very hot) you'll need to bring bottles of water. There are cafes inside for food and coffee/drinks but not cheap. Good all round experience. I wouldn't say it is a must see but worth going.
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