We invite you to discover the Royal Château of Amboise on a self-guided visit (with the visitor guide and/or the Histopad tablet, both free of charge).
The Histopad visit
The HistoPad tablet is a mediation tool based on augmented reality. Given free of charge when you go to the ticket office, it accompanies you throughout your visit and allows you to enrich your discovery through restitutions of decorations, historical objects and the provision of additional information. The HistoPad route includes the Saint Hubert chapel and all the rooms of the royal residence. The HistoPad is a very easy-to-use device, accessible to everyone!
On busy days it is possible that only one Histopad for two will be given to you.
They are provided, only in French, by our guide-speaker colleagues throughout the year. These visits are offered every day, without supplement and without reservation. Lasting one hour, they include a visit to the royal residence.
May: 10:30 a.m./11:30 a.m./2:30 p.m./3:30 p.m./4:30 p.m.
June: 10:30 a.m./11:30 a.m./2:30 p.m./3:30 p.m./4:30 p.m.
July: 10:30 a.m./11:30 a.m./2:30 p.m./3:30 p.m./4:30 p.m./5:30 p.m.
August: 10:30 a.m./11:30 a.m./2:30 p.m./3:30 p.m./4:30 p.m./5:30 p.m.
September: 10:30 a.m./11:30 a.m./2:30 p.m./3:30 p.m./4:30 p.m.
From October 1 to October 21: 10:30 a.m./11:30 a.m./2:30 p.m./3:30 p.m./4:30 p.m.
From October 22 to October 31: 10:30 a.m./11:30 a.m./2 p.m./3 p.m./4 p.m.
From November 1 to 5: 10:30 a.m./11:30 a.m./2 p.m./3 p.m./4 p.m.
From November 6 to November 30: 10:30 a.m./11:30 a.m./2:30 p.m./3:30 p.m.
From December 1 to December 15: 10:30 a.m./11:30 a.m./2:30 p.m./3:30 p.m.
From December 16 to December 31: 10:30 a.m./11:30 a.m./2 p.m./3 p.m.
ONLY IN FRENCH
These special visits lead you outside the usual tour route, to discover the underground spaces of the royal castle of Amboise and the spectacular heart of the Minimes cavalier tower. They are subject to an additional charge and must be reserved via our online ticket office.
One-hour guided tour in French for individual visitors in good physical condition (impossible for people with reduced mobility), and access prohibited for children under 7 years old.
May and June: Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m.
July and August: daily at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
September: Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
From May 28 to August 27
ONLY IN FRENCH
On the sidelines of the exhibition “The Order of Saint Michael and the rise of royal spearhead“, special guided tours will be provided by the castle’s tour guides.
Every Sunday at 2 p.m.
Included in the entrance ticket and without reservation.
Visitors with disabilities or reduced mobility
The château is a former Medieval fortress situated on a rocky promontory overlooking the Loire. A listed historic monument, it does not always offer access facilities that meet modern criteria. For this reason, a non-disabled accompanying adult is compulsory. However, for several years the château has been committed to a policy of improvements and services to facilitate access for disabled visitors. In 2022, the château was once again awarded “Tourism and Disability” status for physical, hearing, visual and mental impairments by the National Association for Tourism and Disability.
- Physical impairment
Visitors with reduced mobility can access the château directly by car via the private entrance situated at the end of Rue Augustin Thierry in Amboise (GPS coordinates: N184.108.40.206/EO: 988.904).
The first two floors of the Royal Loggia (dedicated to the Renaissance) and all the gardens are wheelchair accessible. The second floor (dedicated to the 19th century), the only area not physically accessible in a wheelchair, can be experienced through a specific version of the Histopad tablet (provided free of charge at the ticket office, available in 12 languages). In addition, a free-access lift makes it possible to move between the Reduced Mobility parking, the toilets, the Café, the shop, and the ticket office.
- Visual impairment
Audio guides are available from our teams upon request, free of charge. In the guards’ room (the first room on the visitor route), tactile models of the château are available for our visually impaired visitors. They make it possible to understand the monument’s layout through touch. Adapted markers (contrasting bands…) are also positioned throughout the route to ensure the safety of our visitors.
- Hearing impairment
The Histopad tablet (provided free of charge at the ticket office, available in 12 languages) features images and videos that do not require sound. This makes it possible for our hearing-impaired visitors to fully discover the entire visitor route.
- Mental impairment
The Histopad tablet (provided free of charge at the ticket office, available in 12 languages) is extremely easy to use, interactive, and focuses strongly on images. Therefore, it is ideal for helping those with a mental impairment discover the château. It can be used individually by the visitor or the supervisor/accompanying adult for an adapted experience.
During your visit to the royal residence, do not hesitate to call on the room surveillance team to facilitate your circulation and your discovery.