The chateau of Blois used to be the Kings of France’s favorite residence in the Renaissance period, and is a real royal palace in the Loire Valley. It was the first construction launched by King Francis I.
Erected on a slope shaped like a headland in the heart of the city, it is a summary of 1000 years of French history and architecture. Each wing of this quadrilateral monument surrounding the courtyard tells about a historical period: a medieval gable erected by the counts of Blois, a stone and brick manor house built under Louis XII, a Renaissance wing with a spiral staircase and its façade des Loges, and finally the 17th century classical architecture of the wing Gaston d’Orléans.
Opening hours and fees 2017
The Chateau is open every day except on December 25th and January 1st.
- January 2nd to March 31st: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
- April 1st to June 30th: 9.00 am - 6.30 pm
- July 1st to August 31st: 9.00 am - 7.00 pm
- September 1st to November 5th : 9.00 am - 6.30 pm
- November 6th to December 31st: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Adult: 10,50 €
Discounted: 8 €
Children (6 to 17): 5 €
Discounted for students, teachers on a private trip, large families and the unemployed.
Free for children under 6, the disabled.
Groups from 20 people
Groups of adults: 8 €
Groups of children (aged 6 to 17): 4 €