Jul-Aug: 9am-7pm; Apr-Jun: 9am-6.30pm; Sep-Oct: 9am-6pm; Mar and early-mid Nov: 9am-5.30pm; mid Nov-end Jan: 9am-12.30pm, 2pm-4.45pm; Feb: 9am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-5pm - closed 1 Jan, 25 Dec
Elegantly built on a rocky spur, the Château d'Amboise controlled one of the seven bridges that spanned the River Loire between Gien and Angers. A royal castle from 1471, it successfully combines the military might of the Middle Ages with Renaissance features, of which Amboise was the cradle. Its vast esplanade commands a sweeping view over the Loire river, the valley and the city. Tour the chapel, king's apartments, gardens and underground network.