Château d'Ainay le Vieil

Blois
Loire Valley
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

A Gothic Renaissance château within the walls of a medieval fortress on the historic 'Route Jacques Coeur' with souvenirs of Louis XII, Colbert, Marie Antoinette & Napoléon. It also has a restored 16th/17thC chapel, a park and themed gardens.

Nearby attractions

The beautiful Bourges cathedral is a stunning early Gothic cathedral built in the 12th and 13th centuries. It has a unique floor plan without transepts giving it its unusual shape inside and out and some fascinating statues...

The Palais Jacques Coeur is a masterpiece of Flamboyant Gothic civilian architecture built by one of the most influential men of 15th century France.

Set in the barns of the former monastery, the Museum of Souvigny has a permanent collection dedicated to the archaeological, religious and ethnological heritage of the surrounding area.

A pretty, late 19th century mansion, the Maison Mantin now holds a museum with collections of art, archaeology and natural history. Closed for almost a century, it re-opened its doors to the public in November 2010.

Places to visit nearby

Bourges in the Loire Valley is an enchanting city full of history and beautiful architecture, especially the gothic masterpiece of the Cathedrale St Étienne.

Moulins in Auvergne is the former head of the duchy of Bourbon and has a well-preserved cultural heritage.

Guéret in Limousin is a large market town surrounded by the stunning hills of the Monts de Guéret and the Forest of Chambrières.