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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...

Top ChoiceFrench in Chinon

Les Années 30

Expect the kind of meal you came to France for, with exquisite attention to flavours and detail, served in relaxed intimacy. The offerings range from ris de veau (veal sweetbreads) to venison (during the winter...

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...

Gastronomy in Chinon

Au Chapeau Rouge

Secluded behind a maroon-and-gold awning, this sparkling and very elegant eatery serves top-quality French dishes using local products – look for Loire fish, lamb, asparagus and saffron, Touraine truffles, and...

French in Chinon

La Part des Anges

'Between traditional and creative' – that's how chef Virginie describes the delicious dishes she prepares using vegetables that are both local and organic. The wines are, too: almost all come from the Chinon AOC....

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.