The Château de Valençay

The Talleyrand connection...

Overlooking the Nahon Valley, Valençay is a wonderful example of pure Renaissance architecture

The Estate of Valençay ihas a magisterial layout overlooking the Nahon valley. Built in both the Renaissance and the classical architectural style, it is located near Cheverny, Chenonceau and is also a neighbour of the Pandas of Beauval zoo! 

The Prince of Talleyrand. © Blois-Chambord Tourist Office

Renowned for its exceptional historic furniture, the Château de Valençay still gives the impression of being lived-in by its illustrious owner, royal prince and diplomat Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord. Whether you take your tour with one of our professional tour guides or a pre-recorded audio-guide, you'll discover all the genius of this illustrious character and his château, a symbol of the refinement of his time.

In the grounds, which cover more than 50 hectares, the numerous signposted walks are an endless pleasure. Admire the structure of the formal of the French garden, stroll under the the lime tree avenues, or walk in the forest. In 2015, a new seasonal garden was created along the west wing. Styled on an engraving made in 1705, it is planted with more contemporary varieties which flower at different times as the seasons change.

The Hall of State Treasures has open to the public since 2017. Here you can discover the personal possessions of Talleyrand, collected in a new room restored for the purpose.

Children won't get bored either - discover the grand maze of Napoleon, the largest maze in of France. Try the Game of Fragrances in the Jardin d'Antonin and visit the mini-farm. You can pick up your game books at the château, along with free audio guides specially created for younger visitors.

Don't miss:
The First Empire style Theatre of the Château de Valencay, a real gem, with its magnificent backdrops and period paintings. It is open for on guided tours and on concert days.