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Amboise tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: Although it is the castle that attracts visitors to Amboise, you will also enjoy exploring the main square and old streets elsewhere in the small town

Amboise is situated in the Indre-et-Loire department and Centre-Loire Valley region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Amboise. For detailed visitor information see the Amboise travel guide.

Attractions in Amboise

The Chateau d'Amboise is a castle with impressive gardens and a lovely view across the rooftops of Amboise: Chateau d'Amboise

The Chateau de Clos-Lucé was home to Leonardo da Vinci and you can visit the house and also see recreations of many of his inventions: Chateau de Clos Lucé at Amboise

The Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard in Amboise is the first Renaissance manor house in France, newly restored and surrounded by lovely gardens: Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard

Tourist classifications for Amboise include "secteur sauvegarde".

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Amboise in Centre-Loire Valley.

Popular places to visit nearby include Chateau de Clos Lucé at Amboise at 1 km and Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard at 1 km.

Amboise, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Chateau d'Amboise

Chateau d'Amboise

Castle less than one km (direction south-south-east)

The Chateau d'Amboise is a castle with impressive gardens and a lovely...

See Chateau d'Amboise guide
Chateau de Clos Lucé at Amboise

Chateau de Clos Lucé at Amboise

Castle at 1 km (direction south-east)

The Chateau de Clos-Lucé was home to Leonardo da Vinci and you...

See Chateau de Clos Lucé at Amboise guide
Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard

Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard

Castle at 1 km (direction south-east)

The Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard in Amboise is the first Renaissance...

See Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard guide
Chateau de Chenonceau

Chateau de Chenonceau

Castle at 12 km (direction south-east)

The perfectly lovely Chateau-de-Chenonceau includes a renaissance gallery across the river and...

See Chateau de Chenonceau guide
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Chateau de Chaumont

Chateau de Chaumont

Castle at 17 km (direction east-north-east), in the Loir-et-Cher department

The small village of Chaumont-sur-Loire is dominated by the Chateau de Chaumont,...

See Chateau de Chaumont guide
Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters

Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters

Cathedral at 22 km (direction west)

The la Psalette cloister and the cathedral of Tours together make a...

See Tours Cathedral and La Psalette Cloisters guide
Tours

Tours

at 22 km (direction west)

Tours is a large important town with numerous monuments, gardens and medieval...

See Tours guide
Basilica of Saint-Martin in Tours

Basilica of Saint-Martin in Tours

Church at 23 km (direction west)

The basilica Saint-Martin is an imposing neo-byzantine church in the town of...

See Basilica of Saint-Martin in Tours guide
Blois

Blois

at 32 km (direction east-north-east), in the Loir-et-Cher department

The town of Blois, with its castle, cathedral, extensive historic centre and...

See Blois guide
Chateau de Blois

Chateau de Blois

Castle at 32 km (direction east-north-east), in the Loir-et-Cher department

One of the most impressive of the Loire castles, the Chateau de...

See Chateau de Blois guide
Montresor

Montresor

Most Beautiful Village at 34 km (direction south-east)

On the Indrois river, it is the quaint old town, the castle...

See Montresor guide
Loches

Loches

at 34 km (direction south)

Numerous historic monuments make the citadel in Loches a very interesting place...

See Loches guide
Chateau de Villandry

Chateau de Villandry

Castle at 36 km (direction west)

The rooms at Chateau de Villandry can be explored, but it is...

See Chateau de Villandry guide
Lavardin

Lavardin

Most Beautiful Village at 37 km (direction north-north-west), in the Loir-et-Cher department

With a river and ancient bridge below and an ancient castle above...

See Lavardin guide

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Markets in and near Amboise

Market days in Amboise: weekly market: Sunday & Friday;

  • Amboise: market Sunday & Friday (0km)
  • Blere: market Tuesday (10km)
  • Montlouis-sur-Loire: market Thursday (12km)
  • Montrichard: market Friday (17km)
  • Cormery: market Thursday (20km)
  • Chateau-Renault: market Tuesday & Saturday (20km)
  • Saint-Pierre-Des-Corps: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Saturday & Friday (20km)
  • Saint-Avertin: market Wednesday & Friday (20km)
  • Pontlevoy: market Thursday (21km)
  • Esvres: market Saturday (21km)

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Tourist attractions near Amboise, France

What to do at Amboise? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Amboise.

Aquarium

  • Aquarium du Val-de-Loire (6km)

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Remarkable gardens

  • Parc et jardins du château de Valmer (9km)
  • Parc et jardins du château de Chenonceau (12km)
  • Domaine régional de Chaumont-sur-Loire (16km)
  • Le jardin des Prébendes d'Oé (22km)
  • Les jardins du prieuré de Saint-Cosme (24km)
  • Roseraie des terrasses de l’évêché (32km)
  • Parc du château de Beauregard (33km)
  • Jardin du domaine de Sasnières (34km)
  • Les jardins du château de Villandry (36km)
  • Les jardins de la Chatonnière (43km)
  • Jardins du château de Poncé (45km)
  • Jardin du château de Talcy (52km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Towns of Art and history

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire (24km)
  • Veuil (53km)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Réserve de Beaumarchais (12km)
  • ZooParc de Beauval (34km)
 
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Geography and distances

Amboise is in the eastern-center of France at 22 kilometres from Tours, the department capital (general information: Amboise is 189 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Amboise

Canton: Amboise

Arrondissement: Tours

Department: Indre-et-Loire

Region: Loire Valley

New region: Centre-Loire Valley

Postcode: 37400

Distance to Amboise

from Tours (prefecture): 22 km

from Paris: 189 km

from Calais: 398 km

from Nice: 640 km

from Bordeaux: 311 km

from Strasbourg: 519 km

Getting here

Most visitors arrive in one of the cross-channel ports such as Caen and Le Havre (about 3-4 hours drive from here) or fly into Paris and drive south from there. For driving distances to Amboise from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 8 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Cangey, Charge, Limeray, Lussault-sur-Loire, Nazelles-Negron, Poce-sur-Cisse, Saint-Ouen-les-Vignes and Saint-Regle.

This page in French: Visiter Amboise

 
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