Discover Château of Azay-le-Rideau

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux - Philippe Berthé

    © Centre des monuments nationaux - Philippe Berthé

  • © Centre des monuments nationaux - Ph. Berthé

    © Centre des monuments nationaux - Ph. Berthé

Discover Château of Azay-le-Rideau 37190 Azay-le-Rideau fr

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 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 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".

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

The site was designated world heritage site by UNESCO.


Subject to modification.


  • 1st April to 30th June: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 1st July to 31st August: from 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • 1st to 30th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
  • Last admission 15 minutes before closing time.
  • Last entry in the château 45 min before closing time.


  • 1st January, 1st May and 25th December


  • Number of floors visited during the tour: 1
  • Monument and gardens accessible to people with reduced mobility with help


  • 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


  • Gift shops
  • Lavatories
  • Bicycle stand
  • Parking for coaches 50 m
  • Tearooms from 1st April to 31st October
  • Function room rental


  • 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 - Fax: (33) (0)2 47 45 26 61

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