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Chateau Blois

Chateau Blois

The medieval castle became a royal residence under Louis XII. A renaissance garden was made between 1499 and 1515. Construction of the Avenue Victor Hugo (1890) destroyed the gardens, but the chateau survives as a traffic island.

Classified as a historic monument since 1845, the royal chateau of Blois presents a magnificent panorama of the art and history of the castles of the Loire. Surrounding the court, its four wings constitute a unique example of the development of French architecture from the 13th through the 17th century. With its multitude of styles, the edifice evokes the destiny of 7 kings and 10 queens of France.

Magnificently restored in the 19th century by Felix Duban, the Royal Chateau is fully furnished, decorated and filled with colour – from the tiled floors to the wood panels. A feast for the eyes!   

Classed as a Museum of France, the Chateau houses the Blois Fine Arts Museum. Masterpieces by Ingres, Rubens and Boucher place the museum among the great French fine arts museums.

Throughout the centuries, dramas, plots and power games have played out in the Royal Chateau. During your visit, all of the French court’s secrets will be revealed. 

Major exhibitions and classical fencing displays in summer, evening events lit by electric torches in the winter, behind-the-doors tours, Renaissance balls… The Royal Chateau offers a wide choice of original and stunning events throughout the year.

Every evening from April to September, key moments in the Royal Chateau’s history are recounted in huge projections that showcase the courtyard’s grandiose architecture. Simultaneous translation in 9 languages by audioguides. 

Just 1hr30 from Paris and in the heart of town, the Royal Chateau is just a few steps from the shops, bars and restaurants that liven up Blois in summer and winter. Continue your visit with a stroll through the streets, alleys and remarkable gardens.

Address Chateau Blois, Loir-et-Cher, France

Opening times Beginning on January 2nd, the château will be open non-stop during the day throughout the entire year! 
- from 2 January to 3 March: 10 am to 5 pm


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