In 1489, Charles VIII, born and raised in Amboise, decides to transform the old Castle into a truly magnificent palace.
Since then, the place has been the scene of events, conspiracies and destruction. What remains today is only a small part of the splendid building of the past.
Despite this, the Royal Castle of Amboise is a must see in Loire.
First of all, because it allows us to know the political and artistic influence in Renaissance Europe; everyday life and everything that happened at court. Inside, you will see splendid Gothic and Renaissance rooms and furniture. Belle, the Council Hall and the Hall of the Guards.
But it is after having walked the long access ramp that leads to the terrace, which appreciates even more the beauty of the place. Where once the great royal festivals took place, today you will enjoy an absolutely magnificent view over the whole valley and the center of Amboise. Really wonderful.
Do not miss Chapelle de St.Hubert, a real Gothic jewel where, among other things, is the tomb of Leonardo Da Vinci.
The Royal Castle of Amboise is located in the center, perfectly reachable on foot.
The Gare d'Amboise train station is just over a kilometer away. You will not have trouble getting there by walking. Baggage permitting. From here, all the info to move to Amboise
The Royal Castle of Amboise is open every day of the year, except for the 01 / 01 and the 25 / 12, with the following times:
December-January-February, from 09: 00 to 16: 45
March, from 09: 00 to 17: 30
Apr-May-Jun, from 09: 00 to 18: 30
Jul-Aug, from 09: 00 to 19: 00.
Set-Ott, from 09: 00 to 18: 00.
November, from 09: 00 to 17: 00 around.
In the middle of winter, there is a break between the 12: 30 and the 14: 30.
The adult ticket, from 18 years on up, costs 11.70 € per person. Students with a valid document certifying their status pay the fee of 10.00 €. Reduced fee, equal to 7.80 €, for children aged between 7 and 18 years.
Among the various options, there is the Audioguide at the cost of 4.00 € for adults and students, and 3.00 € for boys for 18 years; alternatively, the Interactive Visit on the iPad, at the cost of 5.00 € (includes a pair of headphones).
Free admission for children under the age of 7 not completed.
For many years, great efforts have been made to allow the use of disabled people as well. From 2017, even people with motor disabilities can access the Royal Castle of Amboise.
Disabled people must enter PORTE DES LIONS, RUE AUGUSTIN THIERRY. From here, you reach the parking lot near the Royal Loggia and, subsequently, the St. Hubert Chapel and the Royal Lodge.
Each disabled person must be accompanied, obligatorily, by an adult; the presence of the latter is necessary to cross some steep slopes and paths in the gardens.
Disabled persons and escorts pay the reduced rate of € 9.70.
In Amboise you can stay at the center without having to spend a capital. Our advice is to stay in the central area, to turn safely on foot, both day and night.
Free WiFi is available.Inter-Hotel Amboise Chaptal It is located in the center of Amboise, near the Loire and the castles of Clos Lucé and Amboise. Great location and excellent value for money. Info and reservations from here.
Similar for quality and price, theHotel Le Blason, located at Place Richelieu, near the Castles. Decorated in a traditional style, all rooms feature a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and a desk. The en suite bathroom includes a hairdryer. Rooms less than € 70 per night including breakfast. Book your accommodation from here.
Also recommended, the splendid B & B La Petite Vigne, just 300m from the Royal Castle of Amboise. But it is above all by staying Au Charme Rabelaisien or at Les Pavillon Des Lys, that you will really find the best. Prices rather high compared to previous proposals, but quality at the Top.