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Chateau of Villandry

History

 

Amongst all the Loire Valley chateaus, Villandry undoubtedly owes its fame to its exceptional terrace gardens, surrounding it like a jewel… Gardens to be admired from high above, from the belvedere, then from the ground, to appreciate all its charms and subtleties.

Completed in 1536, Villandry is the last of the great chateaux built along the River Loire, in very pure Renaissance style. It is due to Jean Le Breton, King Francis I's Secretary of State. After having been ambassador in Rome, where he had studied the art of gardens, Jean Le Breton had already taken part and managed the construction of Chambord for the King.

 

In the 19th century, the traditional garden was destroyed and let place to an English garden, with the style of park Monceau in Paris.

In 1906, the château was purchased by Dr Joachim Carvallo, born in Spain in 1869, great-grand-father of today’s owners. He saved the château and created today’s gardens in full harmony with the monument’s Renaissance architecture. He was to be a pioneer of the monument’s access to the public.

Learn more about the Château of Villandry

 

Opening hours and fees 2017

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Chateau: every day from February 4th to November 12th and December 23rd to 31st 2017

Gardens: open every day all year long

Self-guided tour or audio-tour (4€) or guided tour in French only for individual visitors (except mid-March to October) - Groups: please contact us

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  • http://www.amboise-valdeloire.com/sites/amboise/themes/theme_base/images...);">March 1st to 25th: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
  • http://www.amboise-valdeloire.com/sites/amboise/themes/theme_base/images...);">March 26th to June 30th: 9.00 am to 7.00 pm
  • http://www.amboise-valdeloire.com/sites/amboise/themes/theme_base/images...);">July 1st to August 31st: 9.00 am to 7.30 pm
  • http://www.amboise-valdeloire.com/sites/amboise/themes/theme_base/images...);">September: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
  • http://www.amboise-valdeloire.com/sites/amboise/themes/theme_base/images...);">October 1st to 28th: 9.00 am to 6.30 pm
  • http://www.amboise-valdeloire.com/sites/amboise/themes/theme_base/images...);">October 29th to November 12th: 9.00 am to 5.30 pm
  • http://www.amboise-valdeloire.com/sites/amboise/themes/theme_base/images...);">November 13th to December 31st: 9.30 am to 5.00 pm

 

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Free for children under 8

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Adults 10,50 €

Adults + audioguide 14,50 €

Reduced rate* 6,50 €

Reduced rate* + audioguide 10,50 €

Groups (over 15 people)** 8€

Groupe (over 15 people)** + audioguide 12 €

 

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Adults 6,50 €

Adults + audioguide 10,50 €

Reduced rate* 4,50 €

Reduced rate* + audioguide 8,50 €

Groups (over 15 people)** 5 €

Groups (over 15 people)** + audioguide 9 €

 

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Adults: 8 €

Children: 5,50 €

Students: 5,50 €

Groups: 7 €

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Adults: 4,50 €

Children: 3,50 €

Students: 3,50 € 

Groups: 4 €

 

*children aged 8 to 18, students under 25 with ID

**Groups (per person) : minimum 15 paying/ 2 free entrances for the driver and tour leader.

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