See photos (8)

Château de Cheverny

Castle ,  Park and garden ,  Historic site and monument in Cheverny

8 Full-fare
  • Only some remnants of Raoul Hurault’s old fortified castle possibly remain today. To say possibly may be surprising. This is a mystery in Cheverny as it cannot be proven whether part of the outbuildings are vestiges of the old castle. The old castle was captured in a drawing by a travelling artist but there are no reliable landmarks in the drawing. This is why the present castle could well have been built on the exact spot as the old castle, which would have been completely demolished.

    The...
    Only some remnants of Raoul Hurault’s old fortified castle possibly remain today. To say possibly may be surprising. This is a mystery in Cheverny as it cannot be proven whether part of the outbuildings are vestiges of the old castle. The old castle was captured in a drawing by a travelling artist but there are no reliable landmarks in the drawing. This is why the present castle could well have been built on the exact spot as the old castle, which would have been completely demolished.

    The present Château de Cheverny is an original jewel among the more famous monuments that stretch along the Loire Valley. In fact, Renaissance style did not find its place in Cheverny, which is built in the purest Louis XIII classical style, distinguished by an extraordinarily symmetrical architecture. Cheverny, which was built in the first part of the 17th Century, is a prime example of this style. Its delicate features also stand out through the perfect whiteness of the stones, from the Bourré quarries in the Cher Valley. This particular stone not only comes out white, but also becomes harder with time. However, this almost rigid architectural layout also has its contrasts, such as the variety of roofing styles, from domes, to bell-towers and other French-style roofs.

    The building work was put under the direction of an architect, master-mason and sculptor, Jacques Bougier, who was very well-known in his time. He also worked on a wing of the nearby Château de Blois. His work on a royal castle shows Cheverny’s desire for quality. Unfortunately, Bougier died before completing his work. Cheverny’s main staircase is the work of an unknown craftsman who simply left his initials and a date on the ground floor: FL 1634. The Château de Cheverny is perfectly preserved as it was built all at once. Nothing has been changed.

    Thanks to this, Cheverny has maintained the same exterior for the last 350 years, without gaining the smallest wrinkle!
  • Environment
    • In the country
  • Spoken languages
    • English
  • Tourism and handicap
Services
  • Activities
    • Activities
    • Concerts
    • Local product tasting
    • Museum
    • Evening entertainment
    • Shows
  • Equipment
    • Bar
    • Garden
    • Car park
    • bus parking
  • Services
    • Bar/refreshment booth
    • Boutique
    • Advice
    • Guided visits (groups only)
    • Self-guided visits (groups only)
    • Guided tours
    • Self-guided visits
Rates

Payment methods

  • Carte Bleue/Credit card
  • Credit card
  • Cheque
  • Holiday cheques
  • Cash
  • Visa
  • Rates
  • Standard rate - adult full price
    From 13.50 € to 23 €
  • Child rate
    From 9.50 € to 18 €
  • Adult
    8 €
  • Child rate
    From 6.50 €
Openings
  • From January 1, 2022
    until March 31, 2022
  • From April 1, 2022
    until September 30, 2022
  • From October 1, 2022
    until December 31, 2022
  • Monday
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sunday
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Monday
    9:00 AM
    5:30 PM
  • Tuesday
    9:00 AM
    5:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    9:00 AM
    5:30 PM
  • Thursday
    9:00 AM
    5:30 PM
  • Friday
    9:00 AM
    5:30 PM
  • Saturday
    9:00 AM
    5:30 PM
  • Sunday
    9:00 AM
    5:30 PM
  • Monday
    10:00 AM
    5:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    10:00 AM
    5:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    10:00 AM
    5:00 PM
  • Thursday
    10:00 AM
    5:00 PM
  • Friday
    10:00 AM
    5:00 PM
  • Saturday
    10:00 AM
    5:00 PM
  • Sunday
    10:00 AM
    5:00 PM
On the spot
Schedules