Château de Chambord

Loire Valley
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

One of the most elegant chateau in the Loire Valley, the Château de Chambord was built as a Royal hunting lodge for Francois I and was a firm favourite with the French Royal Family throughout the following centuries. Renowned for its stunning grounds which make the Domaine de Chambord Europe's largest walled forest park at 5,440 hectares, the chateau itself is a majestic Renaissance structure.

The Sun King brought his court here on several occasions for large hunts in the vast forest park and lavish entertainment in the spectacular rooms. Today, the chateau has a rich collection of paintings, tapestries, furniture and objet d'art whilst for most of its life it has been left empty until the Royals would come to stay. Throughout the summer season various cultural events are held at the chateau. The terraces afford impressive views not just of the park but also the celestial city of turrets and towers of the chateau rooftop itself.

Of the 5,440 hectares of forest park, which is surrounded by a 32km long wall, just under 1,000 hectares of it is open to the public. There are many activities to try in the park with carriage rides, 4x4 visits, and rowing boats, motorboats and bicycles are available to hire. The park is home to 1,200 wild boar, 555 stags and hinds and 113 wild sheep and is now listed as part of the Natura 2000 project, which is focusing on restoring the park's biodiversity.

A great place to spend an entire day, there is WiFi available and cafes on site.

Places to visit nearby

Blois in the Loire Valley is a charming royal city with an historic château that has been home to 7 French kings and 10 French queens.

Orléans in the Loire Valley is a city rich with history and famous for its links to Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orléans.

Tours in the Loire Valley is a modern city with a history dating back to the Romans that is famous for its architecture, wines and markets.

Nearby attractions

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