Château d'Azay-le-Rideau

The renaissance of the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, the romantic pearl of the Loire Valley.

The Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, built in the heart of the Touraine region under the reign of François I, is a charming Renaissance residence. A masterpiece of 16th century architecture, it is built on an island shaped by the Indre river and surrounded by romantic 19th century grounds that were restored in 2014. The château features prestigious décor tracing the course of four centuries of history. Since July 2017, following three years of restoration, the château now offers a new visitor experience.

New :
- Ground floor: the restored décor and atmosphere recreate the château as it was in the 19th century. 
- 1st floor: The dreamlike “Les Enchantements d’Azay” exhibition, inspired by the château’s collections and the Renaissance.
- Re-opening of the attics.
- In the Pressoir, a new interpretation space open to all visitors.
- Fully redesigned visit tools: cultural signage, audioguides, visit guides, visit apps downloadable on smartphones, for exploring the grounds and the architecture of the château.
- Flowers in the romantic grounds.

Designated world heritage site by UNESCO

Visit the site


> Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet
French, English, German, Italian, Spanish,
Reservations required
Duration : 1 hr 30 min

> Audio-Guide tour
French, English, German, Italian, Spanish
Junior version in French
Reservations required
Duration: 1 hr 30 min
Group rate : 3 €

> Lecture tour
French, English, Italian, Spanish, German, Polish, Portuguese
Reservations required
Duration: 1 hr 30 min
Different themes possible : the château in the times of François I, life in the château in the 19th century, the romantic grounds.

> Possibility to rent the romantic park (with installation of tents and barnums)

> Private visit outside standard opening hours, with or without catering service
Reservation required

Practical information

Opening hours

Azay le Rideau

Last admission at the ticket office : 1h before closing time

Last admission at the castle : 1h before closing time

End of the visite at the latest 15 minutes before closing time

December 24th & 31st: closes at 4.15 pm (last admission at 3.15).

From 1st January to 31 March

Open every day 10.00 - 17.15

From 1st April to 30 June

Open every day 9.30 - 18.00

From 1st July to 9 July

Open every day 9.30 - 19.00

From 10 July to 31 August

Open every day 9.30 - 19.00

From 1st September to 30 September

Open every day 9.30 - 18.00

From 1st October to 31 December

Open every day 10.00 - 17.15


Closed January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th


Château d'Azay-le-Rideau 19, rue Balzac
37190 Azay-le-Rideau
Ph. : 33 / (0)2 47 45 42 04Fax : 33 / (0)2 47 45 26 61
GPS coordinatesLatitude : 47.2596Longitude : 0.4666Plan your route

By car

From Tours : sortie n° 11, D 751 vers Chinon From Poitiers : N 10 to Sainte Maure, then D 760 & D57 to Azay-le-Rideau


Useful addresses:

Tourist office of Tours Val de Loire
tel.:(33) (0)2 47 70 37 37

Tourist office of Azay-le-Rideau
tel.:(33) (0)2 47 45 44 40

County comitee of Touraine tourism
tel.: (33) (0)2 47 31 47 48

Val de Loire mission, Designated world heritage site by UNESCO

Châteaux de la Loire Vallée des Rois

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