Several free car parks for cars and campers are located 200 and 400 m from the reception of the Fortress (avenue François Mitterrand).

Two parking spaces are reserved for people with disabilities, close to the reception building.

More information

Lockers are available in the reception building. A 50 cent coin is required for their use. They can accommodate small backpacks or bicycle luggage.

For larger luggage and small trailers, lockable boxes are available in the car park located 200 meters from the Fortress.

Bicycle parking is available at the north and south entrances of the Fortress.

The Fortress is certified Accueil Vélo and Loire à Vélo.

More information

The baby carrier is highly recommended.

Pushchair use is possible in the park, but you can leave the pushchair in the reception building if you wish.  

A separate changing area for babies is located in the reception building.

A bottle warmer can be lent to you on request.

Toilet seat adaptors for small children are freely available in the toilets at the reception and in the park.

A fast food outlet within the Fortress is open from April to August.

The rest of the year, various shops and restaurants are located near the Fortress.

Picnics are allowed in the park.

Picnics are allowed in the park. You can also go out for lunch and then come back to finish your visit. The ticket is valid for the whole day. A fast food outlet within the Fortress is open from April to August.

A water fountain is freely available in the reception building. 

A hot drink machine and a cold drink dispenser are available in the reception building.

A fast-food outlet in the fortress is open from April to August

Pets are allowed in the park on a leash. In the buildings, only animals carried in arms or in a bag are accepted.

Guide dogs for the blind are accepted in the interiors.

The entrance to the Fortress and the guided tours offered throughout the year are accessible without reservation.

However, guided tours for groups are by reservation only.

There is no special ticket to bypass queues. All visitors, including those who have purchased their tickets on the website must go to the reception desk.

E-tickets purchased on the website are not refundable. The e-ticket is valid for one year (except for specific events).

Tickets purchased on site are valid on the day of purchase.

Pre-sale tickets (including e-tickets) are valid the day they are validated.

Find all the information on the reduced prices on the dedicated page.

Yes, we accept ANCV holiday vouchers in paper form (not dematerialized) and only for the purchase of tickets for the Royal Fortress of Chinon.

It takes an average of 2 hours to visit the entire site (the royal dwellings, the towers and the park).

The guided tour lasts 40 minutes outdoors.

The workshops or activities presented during the school holidays or the summer season last between 40 minutes and 1 hour.

Guided tours are included in the entrance fee.

You can contact the Fortress during opening hours at or by email at

In high season, the most popular times are 11:00 am - 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm - 4 pm.