In the heart of Amboise, 500 yards from the Royal Château, the Clos Lucé is one of the Renaissance’s jewels. With the chateau of Plessis-les-Tours, it is the only building erected both in bricks and tuffeau stone, extracted out of the local quarries. It is also one of the most furnished residences in the Loire Valley.
The mansion is located within a romantic 15-acre park, inspired by English gardens, and includes a roses-planted garden, of Italian Renaissance style, for pleasant moments of rest and relaxation.
The Clos Lucé owes its exceptional fame to the presence within its walls of Leonardo da Vinci. The park gives the public the opportunity to discover the spectacular machines conceived by the inventor : aircraft, automobile, helicopter, tank, swing bridge… A fascinating encounter with a visionary genius, interested in mechanics, hydraulics, optical science, civil and military engineering sailing and aeronautics.
Down from the historical mansion and at the foot of the Renaissance terrace, Leonardo’s Garden spreads over 2.5 acres on a damp area, typical of the Loire Valley. This natural preserved area was arranged and planted with full respect of the spirit in Leonardo’s paintings and drawings. A fresh and quiet space, both shaded and mysterious, scattered with aquatic, wild, decorative and medicinal plants, humid grottoes, spouting springs, strange mists…
At the site’s entrance, a 20m-long 2-level bridge, designed by Leonardo da Vinci himself and erected by local craftsmen following ancient techniques, goes across the marsh and takes you on a scenic discovery. Further, two pile footbridges inspired by a military bridge designed by Leonardo reach the marsh through an island.
Within the grounds, a botanical stroll on the footsteps of Leonardo offers to discover thirty species of trees, plants and flowers drawn or painted by the master himself. At the crossroad of two paths, at the foot of low walls, on the shores of marshes, plants are growing, that may have been studied by Leonardo on this very location. Each of them is identified by Leonardo’s botanical drawing or painted detail to which it can be matched.
This visit can also be done in summer in a nocturnal environment thanks to unique lighting devices, created by the same experts who assure the lighting of major sites such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Parthenon in Greece.
Opening hours and fees 2017
The Château and the museum are open every day, all year long, nonstop (except on December 25th and January 1st).
Park Leonardo da Vinci is open every day from March to November.
- January 1st to 31st: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
- February 1st to June 30th: 9.00 am to 7.00 pm
- July 1st to August 31st: 9.00 am to 8.00 pm
- September 1st to October 31st: 9.00 am to 7.00 pm
- November 1st to December 31st: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
Free for children under 6 and for disabled people
Groups are from 20 people
High season ( March 1st to November 15th):
Children (7 to 18) 11 €
Students 11,50 €
Discounts (large families, unemployed) 134 €
Groups (20 people minimum)
Adults 11,80 €
Children / Schoolchildren 9 €
Low season (November 16th to February 28th 2017):
Adults 13 €
Children (7 to 18) 10 €
Students 10 €
Discounts (large families, unemployed) 11 €
Groups (20 people minimum)
Adults 10,50 €
Children / Schoolchildren 7,50 €