The royal Château Chambord at Chambord, France, is one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world. The huge chateau boasts very distinctive French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures. It is surrounded by huge gardens and and a 13,000ha forest providing a raft of activities for all of the family.
Wonderful place for all the family and all ages
We visited in July 2014 with a 4 years old and 9 year old. Also with us was my parents and so we had 3 generations. Chateau Chambord exceeded all of my expectations. the first good thing is the entrance fee which is free for kids. And after that it continues to impress. Massive grounds where kids can roam and jump and play. Bring your picnic blanket and sit on the grass looking up at the castle. Prams have easy access in the grounds with sealed paths throughout. Inside the castle, there is a parking area for the prams whilst you walk around inside - there are many steps and so not practical for prams inside.
The inside of the castle is also kid friendly with only about 10-15 of the rooms being fully furnished (and so you're limited to walking through in the roped off walkways) and therefore a possible challenge with those with independent and impatient under 4's. However the rest of very kid friendly. For me the roof was the highlight - I loved all the shapes and designs in the roof architecture - very Harry Potter like and just stunning and what great views from up there!
After the castle visit we did a horsedrawn carriage ride through the forest and saw various animals. Kids loved it, as did we.
This really is a great Chateau for all of the family with so many other activities aside from just the chateau tour. The highlight of our Loire Valley week. I really think there is something for every age group and parents too!
FYI - There is a special tour/actrivities for the children but it is only in French. :-( Not sure if they have plans to do one in English because all the French kids looked as though they were having a ball.
- 3-5 years
- 6-9 years
Pros and Cons
- Activities specifically for kids
- Pram friendly
- Room to move and play