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Visit Amboise: highlights and tourist information

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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

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.

Amboise is situated in the Indre-et-Loire department and Loire Valley region (now part of the Centre-Loire Valley region), in the eastern-center of France at 22 kilometres from Tours, the department capital (general information: Amboise is 189 kilometres from Paris).

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".

Popular places to visit nearby include Chateau de Clos Lucé at Amboise at 1 km and Domaine Royal de Château Gaillard at 1 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

You can also

Amboise, France: places to visit and attractions

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

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


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Indre-et-Loire

Map of places to visit near Amboise


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)

More information about Amboise, Loire Valley

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 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)

Geography and distances

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

Amboise is in the eastern-center of France. 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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