Château d'Azay-le-Rideau

Renaissance Masterpiece, 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. The chateau contains prestigious historical decors tracing the course of four centuries of history, and sumptuous collections of objects, tapestries and furniture.

Not to be missed:
- Ground floor: the restored décor and atmosphere recreate the château as it was in the 19th century
- 1st floor: presentation of the Renaissance in a room with walls lined with plaited rushes, and in the Great Hall
- Access to the attic and the 16th century framework
- The Pressoir, welcomes an interpretation space open to all visitors
- Romantic grounds extending over 8 hectares offering numerous views of the château and its reflecting pools
Designated world heritage site by UNESCO.

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For individuals :

It is possible to purchase your ticket on the spot or in advance (with selection of your time slot) on our E-ticketing service on our website 

For groups :

Reservation required : (33) (0) 2 47 45 68 61 / 

French, English, German, Italian, Spanish
Duration: 1 hr 30 min

French, English, German, Italian, Spanish
Junior version only in French
Duration: 1 hr 30 min

TOUR APP: Interactive discovery of the grounds and the chateau’s architecture
French only

French, English, German, Spanish, Polish Portuguese
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.

“A LA CARTE TOURS" to discover the château in a different way: heritage and wine tour, gastronomy tour “ Sweets of the Renaissance”. Prices on request.

PRIVATE VISIT, with or without catering service, outside standard opening hours

TEA ROOM / RESTAURANT " LE LAVOIR" : open from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm in July and August

FROM HOME – VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE CASTLE with live comments with a lecturer : 
With family, friends, in groups, stay behind your TV or your computer screen and discover this romantic Loire Valley Castle with a guide !
Group rate : 300€ (up to 60 screens connected).
Available in French, English and Spanish.

Practical information


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

Touraine Loire Valley
tel.: (33) (0)2 47 31 47 48

CRT Région Centre Val de Loire

Val de Loire mission, Designated world heritage site by UNESCO 

Châteaux de la Loire Vallée des Rois

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