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Chinon in the Loire Valley

 

The historic town of Chinon sits on the banks of the mighty Vienne river. The ancient château here, which has been heavily restored, was the preferred residence of Henry II, one of the English Plantagenet kings who ruled from here and his wife Aliénor d'Aquitaine. Henry II died here in 1189 and their son, Richard 'The Lionheart' was born here.

In 1429 Joan of Arc came to Chinon to meet the Dauphin Charles VII, she succeeded in inspiring him to reclaim his kingdom, after which Chinon became his capital and enjoyed a long period of prosperity.

 

 

    

The winding streets of the town make for great walks. The timber houses date back to the fifteenth century and give you a taste of its history .

  

 It is a town well worth a visit to browse the many shops or to have lunch at one of its fine restaurants.

 

As one of the better known wine growing towns of the Loire, there are a plenty of opportunities for wine-tasting. Its red wines are highly rated.

 

You can easily walk through the town in a day on your own or take the guided tour arranged through the Tourist Office. You can walk up the winding cobbled path to the chateau or take the elevator up from the car park behind the centre of town.

 

 

The Chateau de Chinon is open daily throughout the year, hours 9-6 in April-June and Sept., 9-7 in July-Aug., 9-5 in Oct., and 9-12 and 2-5 in Nov.-March.

 

 

Chinon experienceloire.com

 

 

Official website of Chateau de Chinon

 

 

Chateau de Chinon on Wikipedia  

 

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