Top ChoiceFortress in Chinon

Forteresse Royale de Chinon

Surrounded by massive walls, this hilltop castle – offering fabulous views across town, river and countryside – is split into three sections separated by dry moats. The ticket counter and shop are inside the...

Historic Site in Chinon

Cité Médiévale

François Rabelais (c 1494–1553), whose works include the Gargantua and Pantagruel series, spent part of his childhood in Chinon; you’ll see Rabelais-related names dotted all around the old town, whose narrow...

Museum in Chinon

Musée Le Carroi

Refurbished in 2018, this museum features exhibits on the art and archaeology of Chinon and its environs as well as contemporary art, displayed in the turreted, 14th- to 16th-century États-Généraux...

Church in Chinon

Chapelle Ste-Radegonde

Built into a cave above and 500m east of town, this half-ruined Romanesque chapel – constructed around the tomb of a 6th-century hermit – is noteworthy for its 12th-century Royal Hunt fresco. A staircase descends...

Historic Building in Chinon

Hôtel du Gouverneur

This impressive, 17th-century town house has a double-horseshoe staircase you can see from the street through a carved gateway.

Historic Building in Chinon

Palais du Bailliage

The Gothic Palais du Bailliage was once the residence of Chinon’s bailiwick. Now houses a seasonal hotel.