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).

In order to participate in the collective effort of ecological transition and preservation of forest areas, we invite our visitors to favor the use of a notice for two, or even per family/small group. Thank you!  

The Histopad visit

HISTOPAD

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.

Guided tours

CLASSIC GUIDED TOURS

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.

 

2024

From 2nd to 7th January : 10h30/11h30/14h/15h

From 8th to 31st January : 10h30/15h

From 1st to 16th February : 10h30/15h

Exceptionally no guided tours on:

February 9 and 14 at 10:30 a.m.

From 17th to 29th February : 10h30/11h30/14h/15h30

From 1st to 31st March : 10h30/11h30/14h/15h30

From 1st to 30th April : 10h30/11h30/14h30/15h30/16h30

From 1st to 31th May : 10h30/11h30/14h30/15h30/16h30

From 1st to 30th June : 10h30/11h30/14h30/15h30/16h30

From 1st to 31 July : 10h30/11h30/14h30/15h30/16h30/17h30

From 1st to 31st August : 10h30/11h30/14h30/15h30/16h30/17h30

From 1st to 30th September : 10h30/11h30/14h30/15h30/16h30

From 1st to 18th Ocotber : 10h30/11h30/14h30/15h30/16h30

From 19th to 31st October : 10h30/11h30/14h/15h/16h

From 1st to 3rd November : 10h30/11h30/14h/15h/16h

From 4th to 30th November : 10h30/11h30/14h30/15h30

From 1st to 20th December : 10h30/11h30/14h30/15h30

From 21st to 31st December : 10h30/11h30/14h/15h

 

The times of the visits are indicative and are to be specified on site.

GUIDED TOUR "BEHIND THE SCENES OF HISTORY"

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.

April: Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

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.

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SPECIAL TOUR LOUIS XI

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

ADAPTED VISITS

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: N47.41.31.44/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.

Work in progress in the Saint Hubert chapel

Since january 2022, access to the interior of the chapel is suspended from time to time.

During these times, HistoPad tablets will allow you to discover and explore the building using augmented reality technology.

These tablets, included in the entrance ticket to the castle, are given to you on your arrival.

Reopening on june 16th

 

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