Visits for groups of children and schools, every day: find out more about the opening times
GROUPS & SCHOOLS
WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE TICKET OFFICE
Our ticket office staff remain at your disposal for
further information in French and English.
You are invited to consult the updated visitor terms and conditions.
CHAPEL & ROYAL LOGGIA
A new interactive video area
GUIDED VISITS FOR SCHOOLS
« through the centuries »
For guided visits with commentary of the Royal Loggia and the St. Hubert Chapel (tomb of Leonardo da Vinci), there is a selection of five visits adapted to each level of the French Education Ministry’s national programme, created with support from the Indre-et-Loire Academic Board.
Includes the teacher’s booklet (document in French downloadable after booking) and access to the teaching area at the end of the visit.
- Visit 1 "The Château of the Valois Kings" (Reception, Year 1, Year 2)
- Visit 2 "The Court of the Valois Kings, cradle of the French Renaissance" (Year 4, Year 5, Year 6)
- Visit 3 "The Antiquities and Religion at the heart of the French Renaissance" (Year 7)
- Visit 4 "The Great developments of the French Renaissance" (Year 8)
- Visit 5 "The slow construction of a modern state and the opening towards the world" (Years 9-13)
Last afternoon departure: 1 hr before the ticket office closes, from 1/03 to 15/11; 30 minutes before the ticket office closes from 16/11 to 28/02.
Guided visits not available between 12.30pm and 1.30pm.
SPECIAL GUIDED VISIT
5th centenary of Leonardo da Vinci's time in Amboise
Guided visits with a lecturer-guide from the Château, available throughout the year, booking required. Commentary in French, English, German, Italian, Spanish and Portguese (50 ppl. max/group)
500 years after the Florentine master resided in Amboise, the lecturer-guides retrace Leonardo da Vinci\'s odyssey to Amboise where he was the guest of King François 1er from 1516 to 1519. During this time he revealed some previously unknown talents which he then used in the service of the sovereign.
Duration of the visit: 1 hour. Sundays 15/04, 01/05, 28/05, 04/06, 22 and 23/07, 13/08, 22 and 23/07 and 13/08, at 11h30 am.
SPECIAL AUDIO-GUIDED VISIT
« king's marvellous animals »
Recommended for 8-12 year olds
Throughout the year, booking required
This year, younger visitors can also meet the ‘king’s marvellous animals’, a new visitor experience* to be enjoyed with a château guide.
Objects of pleasure and exoticism, ferocious game, symbols of strength or courage, fantastical beasts and mechanised lions, the animals were there to dazzle the courtisans and magnify the king’s persona… A marvellous bestiary, of a scarcely believable wealth!
*The experiences are presented successively during the visit: projection of the parrrots’ colours, shooting practice, card games, giant puzzle, Popinjay game.
SPECIAL AUDIO-GUIDED VISIT
«Christmas through the centuries»
From 2nd December 2017 to 7th January 2018 "Christmas, Christmas!" These cries of joy from the princes still resonate through the royal loggia. However, the nativity festivities have changed a great deal over centuries of traditions, from the Renaissaince to the 18th and 19th centuries. Discover the specially hung, magical decorations, complemented by audio commentaries and appropriate music.
Available in French and English.
A €4 supplement is payable, which includes a presentation of the permanent collections, with commentary.
Visit with explanatory leaflet
Bilingual (French-English) illustrated visitor guide recommended for visitors from 7 to 12 years.
The Royal Château of Amboise was the playground for the kings’ children. Charles VIII, François 1er and the children of King Henri II and Catherine de Medici were raised here. Guide included in the château entrance ticket price.
CHAPEL & ROYAL LOGGIA & GARDENS
Junior audio-guided visit PARCOURS AUDIO-GUIDÉE JUNIORS
Recommended for 7-12 year olds, in French and English
Duration 45 minutes. Supplement of €3 payable
Last availibility 1 hour before the ticket office closes.
Adapted visits for the 4 disabilities
Video-guided visit in French and English available free of charge: discover the inaccessible collections in the chapel and upper floor); as a bonus feature, views of the lower part of the Minimes cavalry tower.
Video-guided visit in French (featuring French sign language or subtitles) and in English subtitles, available free to aid the visitor.
Audio-guided visit with adapted audiodescription, kindly created by the Valentin Haüy association, in French and English, available free to aid the visitor.
Audio-guided adapted visit in French and English, available free to aid the visitor.
USING A VISITOR GUIDE
Individual visitors can discover the château and its gardens at their own pace using a visitor guide. Guide available in French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Hungarian, Czech, Romanian, Brazilian, Japanese, Chinese (traditional & simplified) and Korean.
Visitor guide included in château entrance ticket price.
TOWERS AND UNDERGROUND AREAS
"The Corridors of History"
From 7 years old (minors must be accompanied),
Individual visitors (in a small group, formed in situ) will get the exceptional opportunity to enter the underground passageways and towers of the medieval fortress situated under the Renaissance royal loggia. Thus they will enter at the foot of the ramparts in the Garconnet Tower, built in the 15th century on the orders of Louis XI, before reaching the Lys Room, former guards’ refectory. From there, they will take a round trip through the ditches of the former keep and walk along the rooms where stone was stored. Visitors will then enter the underground mazes before reaching the Minimes cavalry tower.
One-hour, guided visit in French for individual visitors in good physical condition, aged 7 and up.
Visite commentée de 1h environ.
Conditions particulières pour les groupes :
- Visite proposée toute l’année, sur réservation
- Visite guidée combinée des souterrains et du logis royal
- Visite commentée en français, anglais, allemand, italien, espagnol et portugais, toute l\'année sur réservation, 18 visiteurs par groupe. Pour les autres langues, visite du logis par le guide accompagnateur du groupe puis visite guidée des souterrains par un guide conférencier du château (avec traduction par l\'accompagnateur).