The Royal Fortress of Chinon is always working to be more welcoming and improving the accessibility of its tours so that all visitors, especially disabled visitors, can discover this magnificent heritage site.
The Fortress received the “Tourism & Handicap” label in December 2016. A number of accessible facilities and tools have been put in place at the Fortress to improve the experience for disabled visitors.
When you arrive at the Fortress, there are two disabled parking spaces reserved nearest to the entrance.
Price: you are offered a concessionary price of €8,50, as does the person accompanying you.
The Royal Fortress of Chinon offers iPad tours with four specific and adapted routes. iPad rental is included in the admission ticket price for disabled visitors.
- Hearing impaired: a tour with French Sign Language interpretation is available (1h).
- Visually impaired: an audio-described tour with specially selected routes is available (1h30).
- Learning disabled: A fun and educational tour adapted to the visitor's needs is available (45mins).
- Limited mobility: An immersive tour is available, with attractive videos and descriptions of the parts of the Fortress that cannot be accessed by visitors with limited mobility (1h).
The car park and toilet facilities are accessible for visitors with limited mobility.
Guided tours take place outside only, on ground level..
Folding seats are available throughout the tour.
The activities and events organised at the Fortress are there to enhance your experience - the hands-on activities and talks are adapted to the visitors.
Before the arrival of a group, the team at the Fortress is on hand to deal with any special requests.
VISUALLY IMPAIRED VISITORS
There are tactile models and audio terminals in the royal lodgings and in the park.
Guide dogs and assistance dogs are permitted to accompany you around the Fortress as well as inside.
For groups, upon reservation and only in French, the Fortress guides can offer tactile tours.
HEARING IMPAIRED VISITORS
A hearing loop system is fitted at the entrance of the monument for hearing impaired visitors. Visitors with a hearing aid can switch it to the “T” position if their device is equipped with this function.
The exhibition in the royal lodgings includes films with pictures and text.
The Indre-et-Loire Departmental Council offers tours of its monuments and museums interpreted in French sign language.
These accessibility measures are co-financed by the European Union.