Château de Chambord

Vacation Travel Guide
Chateau de Chambord showing a castle, a garden and heritage architecture

Marvel at the majestic design of this medieval castle, explore its grounds in a horse and carriage and venture into the woods.

The Château de Chambord is an enormous castle renowned for its French Renaissance style mixed with medieval features. A forest and a park surround the 16th-century castle in a rural setting near the Cosson River. Enjoy the picturesque views of the region and the Disneyesque castle with tall turrets.

Explore the castle in a novel fashion with the Histopad Chambord, a tablet that uses augmented reality to show how each room would have appeared during the Renaissance. The tour takes around 90 minutes as you traverse through the various chambers and grand halls and turn back time with technology. More traditional audio guides and guidebooks are available as well.

Watch the 20-minute film on the ground floor that gives a brief overview of the castle. Admire the double-helix staircase, see the impressive towers and learn about an intriguing history involving French royalty.

The site offers many ways to get around its grounds, including a horse and carriage, boat rental and electric vehicle rental. Stop at an observation point for excellent views of the woods and the castle.

Attend one of the upscale events that occur at the castle, such as the equestrian show. The castle regularly puts on art exhibits as well. Enjoy a snack at one of the cafés and peruse the shop at the château entrance.

Stroll leisurely through the surrounding fields and woodland area to appreciate the natural scenery. Spot deer and other wildlife between the trees. The river alongside the castle has an elegant path for walking and cycling.

King Francis I constructed the site as a hunting lodge in the 16th century. Apart from a few dates each year, the castle is open daily from morning until late afternoon. Visits are free for European youth and adults pay a reasonable fee.

The structure and grounds of Château de Chambord lie on the banks of the Cosson River that runs through the center of the commune. It is about 9 miles (14 kilometers) east of Blois. Take a shuttle between Blois-Chambord Station and Blois, Chambord, Cheverny and Beauregard. Parking lots and toilets are available on-site.

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Le Brame de Sologne
Le Brame de Sologne
4 Route de Sologne, Muides-sur-Loire
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The price is ¥10,689 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
Situated in Muides-sur-Loire, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Loire Valley and 5 mi (8 km) from Château de Chambord. International Garden Festival of ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (21 reviews)
"unique family-owned boutique hotel with perfection in EVERY detail. (3 star that is actually better than many 5 stars). the service and the hospitality are just outstanding. the staff was extremely helpful in recommending and booking amazing places to sightsee and to eat around. location is outstanding. ..."

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

Le Brame de Sologne
Relais de Chambord
Relais de Chambord
Place Saint-Louis, Chambord
The price is ¥19,762 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 7
Situated on a river, this spa hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Château de Chambord and within 12 mi (20 km) of Chateau de Villesavin and Le Carroir. St. Louis Cathedral ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (152 reviews)
"I chose a room with the view of the Chateau, which was definitely a bonus. The hotel is modern, with Michelin restaurant at the hotel."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

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Le Clos Près Chambord
Le Clos Près Chambord
6, Rue Du Moulin, Maslives, CENTRE-VAL DE LOIRE
Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Loire Valley and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Château de Chambord. Musee d'Histoire Naturelle and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
"A fantastic place to stay, warm and welcoming. The host was very friendly"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

Le Clos Près Chambord
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La Boisselée
La Boisselée
114 rue Nationale, Saint-Dye-sur-Loire, Centre-Loire Valley
The price is ¥7,401 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
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Relais de Chambord
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The price is ¥18,687 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
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The price is ¥10,673 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
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La Clef des Chateaux
La Clef des Chateaux
14 Rue de Chambord, Maslives, Loir-et-Cher
The price is ¥9,292 per night from Dec 25 to Dec 25
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La Maison d'à Côté
La Maison d'à Côté
3 out of 5
25 Rue de Chambord, Montlivault, Loir-et-cher
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Le Prieuré de Boulogne
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The price is ¥15,661 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
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Cottage in a large enclosed garden up to 11 people.
Cottage in a large enclosed garden up to 11 people.
Saint-Dye-sur-Loire, Centre-Loire Valley
Cottage in a large enclosed garden up to 11 people.
Old house of character in 1 min of the Loire
Old house of character in 1 min of the Loire
Saint-Dye-sur-Loire, Centre-Loire Valley
Old house of character in 1 min of the Loire
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