Visiting the château

In Chambord, enter a world out of the ordinary, permeated with mystery, thanks to the unique architecture imagined for the glory of François I, with the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci hovering over.

rooms and small cabinets, all of these invitations to stop, enjoy yourself and have great memories. Chambord’s very particular layout around the double helix staircase means it would be hard for you to see everything in one visit.


We recommend that you let you lead, see what you would like in the time that you have to spend as you make your way through different rooms and floors of the château. To give you an overview of the major events in the history of Chambord and its key architectural features, there is an 20 min. film translated into 4 languages (English, Italian, Spanish and German) that is shown continuously in one of the rooms on the ground floor.


Panels are placed throughout the château to give historical information, explain the art work on display and provide an idea about what daily life was at that time. They provide a broad historical and architectural context for each room.


A free visitor guide is available in 13 languages : French, English, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Romanian.


A more detailed guidebook is available in 7 languages : French, English, German, Iatlian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese. It is sold at the ticket office and at the shop of the chateau for €7.

HistoPad will regale you with an immersive tour of the chateau as it was in the times of François I. You will discover eight rooms integrally reconstituted in 3D and virtual reality.

It also includes:

  •   Interactive maps to help you to orient yourself and organize your tour.
  •   A visitor’s guide of the 24 rooms in the château allowing you to more completely discover its history and collections.   More than one hour of recorded commentaries on the history and architecture of the château.
  •  A treasure hunt for children.

12 languages are available : French, English, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Polish

Duration: 1h30min

Price: €6,50 / €17 for 3 Histopads (family pack)

Visitors will be asked to deposit a valid ID

The HistoPad is suitable for use by persons with physical disabilities

Throughout the year, the National Estate of Chambord proposes guided tours allowing a visitor to discover the monument as he wishes and at his own pace. In Chambord, each and every visit is unique! Guide-lecturers inform the public on the history of the château and facilitate their discovery of its original function: architecture at the service of royal power in Renaissance times.


A discovery visit

Accompanied by a guide, visitors come to discover the essential highlights of the monument: cruciform chamber, double-helix staircase, the terraces…

1 hour. Every day of the week

Prices: 5 € for an adult / 3 € aged 5 to 17 years (in addition to the entrance fee)


An unusual visit

The public takes the time to explore the fascinating architecture of the château, which is a testimony to Renaissance art, and discovers spaces not open for visits (mezzanines, wood carvings, concealed staircases…).

2 hours. Every day of the week

Prices: 7 € for an adult / 5 € aged 5 to 17 years (in addition to the entrance fee)


An in-depth visit

A lecturer accompanies a small group on an architectural visit to the monument from the bottom to the top of the top (the attics).

3 hours. Groups limited to 18 persons.

Weekends and bank holidays at 2 P.M.

Price: 11 € per person (in addition to the entrance fee)

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«VIGIPIRATE» security measures

Following the terrorist attacks in Pars on the night of 13-14 November 2015, and so as to ensure visitor safety, the National Estate of Chambord has been applying the preventive measures enacted by the government for public administrations .