Explore the Loire Valley Castles
The Loire Valley in France is home to some of the finest castles and chateaux in the World and all conveniently spaced along the Loire valley making it easy to spend a few days or more visiting a selection of them.
To help you plan your visit select a guide from the list of chateaux shown below.
The Chateau d'Amboise is one of the most picturesque of the Loire Valley chateaux and has pretty gardens too.
The Chateau d'Angers has a striking appearance, sumptuous interiors and the fabulous Apocalypse tapestry.
The Chateau d'Azay le Rideau sits surrounded by water on two sides giving it a very romantic appearance.
The Chateau d'Ussé is a very pretty chateau said to be the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale.
The Chateau de Blois is in the centre of the pretty town of Blois and has a light show every night in the summer.
Chateau de Blois
The Chateau de Chambord is the largest and most impressive of the Loire chateaux. A walk on the roof amongst the extravagant chimneys is a highlight.
Chateau de Chambord
The Chateau de Chenonceau is one of the most beautiful of the Loire valley chateaux and also has fine gardens.
Chateau de Chenonceau
The Chateau de Cheverny is one of the best preserved of the Loire valley chateaux and has great interiors and pretty gardens.
Chateau de Cheverny
The Chateau de Chinon retains more of its medieval characteristics than many of the other Loire chateaux which were redesigned in the Renaissance period.
Chateau de Chinon
The Chateau de Langeais has some fine 15 and 16th century tapisteries and furniture.
Chateau de Langeais
The Chateau de Saumur is one of the least striking of the Loire chateaux but sits above the pretty town of Saumur.
Chateau de Saumur
The Chateau de Sully-sur-Loire rises majestically from its surrounding moat and is one of the more beautiful of the Loire chateaux.
Chateau de Sully-sur-Loire
The Chateau de Valencay has truly magnificent gardens including its famous beautiful vegetable garden.
Chateau de Valencay
The Chateau Vaux le Vicomte is a little out of the Loire valley but is one of the most impressive chateaux in France.
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
The Chateau de Villandry is home to some fabulous gardens including a huge ornamental vegetable garden.
Chateau de Villandry