Rendez-vous at the Château of Azay-le-Rideau

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux - Philippe Berthé

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux - Ph. Berthé


    The refinement of an early Renaissance château reflected in water

    Standing on an island in the middle of the Indre River, the Château of Azay-le-Rideau, one of the finest Château de la Loire, was built during the reign of François I by a rich financier, Gilles Berthelot, who wanted his fabulous new home to combine the latest technical innovations from Italy and the art of French architecture.

    The Château d'Azay-le-Rideau is a jewel of the early Renaissance and in the evenings during July and August, its romantic gardens come alive as the setting of the special night tour: "The Magic Mirror".

    The castle opens the doors to its roof. Come admire the exceptional 16th century roofwork.

    The site was designated world heritage site by UNESCO.


    • Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Japanese,Chinese, Russian, Polish

    • Reservations required

    • Audio-Guide tour: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish

    • Reservations required
    Duration: 1 hr 30 min

    • Guided tour: French

    • Reservations required (upon availabilities)
    Duration: 45 min

    • Lecture tour: French, English, Italian, Spanish

    • Reservations required
    Duration: 1 hr 30 min

    • Night-show “The Magic Mirror” - In July and August: every night, from 9 p.m. to midnight, enjoy aspectacular new light-and-sound show involving performers, animals and special effects. Themagical atmosphere brings visitors face to face with a chattering cockerel, eagles, camels and other unusual animals while Beauty recountsher story on the château facade.
    • Prestigious visit outside standard opening hours

    Reservation required


    • On the main Paris-Bordeaux road
    • 27 km from Tours
    • A10 Paris-Bordeaux highway, exit 14 Joue-les-Tours
    • Located in town center


    Château d’Azay-le-Rideau
    37190 Azay-le-Rideau

    Reservations from Monday to Friday
    Tel: +33 (0)2 47 45 42 04

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Point of interest

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux - Ph. Berthé

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux. Ph. Berthé