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Top Choice Chateau in Blois

Château Royal de Blois

Seven French kings lived in Blois' royal château, whose four grand wings were built during four distinct periods in French architecture: Gothic (13th century), Flamboyant Gothic (1498–1501), early Renaissance (1515–…
Top Choice Museum in Blois

Maison de la Magie

Across the square from the château, this museum of magic occupies the one-time home of watchmaker, inventor and conjurer Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (1805–71), after whom the American magician Harry Houdini named hims…
Cathedral in Blois

Cathédrale St-Louis

The 17th-century Cathédrale St-Louis and its lovely multistorey bell tower are dramatically floodlit after dark. Most of the stained glass inside was installed by Dutch artist Jan Dibberts in 2000.
Historic Site in Blois

Old City

Blois’ medieval and Renaissance old town is well worth a stroll, especially around 17th-century Cathédrale St-Louis, whose lovely multistorey bell tower is dramatically floodlit after dark. Most of the stained glass…
Historic Building in Blois

Maison des Acrobates

The façade of Maison des Acrobates, one of the few surviving 15th-century houses in Blois, is decorated with wooden sculptures of figures from medieval farces.
Gastronomic in Blois

L’Orangerie du Château

This Michelin-starred restaurant serves cuisine gastronomique inventive inspired by both French tradition and culinary ideas from faraway lands. The wine list comes on a tablet computer. For dessert try the speciali…
Modern French in Blois

Les Banquettes Rouges

In the St-Nicolas quarter below the château, this restaurant – easy to spot thanks to its bright-red façade – serves French semi-gastronomique cuisine. Favourites often available here include pan-fried veal liver wi…
Bouchon in Blois

Au Bouchon Lyonnais

This is a warm, homey place to dine thanks to its traditional rustic decor and red-checked table cloths. The food is pure Lyonnais: andouillette (sausage), quenelles (pike dumplings), escargots (snails) and salade l…
Food Market in Blois

Food Market

Blois’ big weekly market is right below the château.
Light Show in Blois

Son et Lumière

In spring and summer, a nightly son et lumière show brings Blois' château's history and architecture to life with dramatic lighting and narration. Tickets are sold at the château.