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In Chinon

Discover a town steeped in history, in the footsteps of Rabelais and Joan of Arc!

A town rich in heritage, Chinon has plenty to attract tourists. Let yourself be tempted by a walk through the heart of the town and discover the beautiful places that make up and surround it: the Royal Fortress, Place Jeanne d'Arc or the Caves Painctes.

This town will appeal to lovers of castles and museums, but also of nature and breathtaking landscapes.

For a family outing in Chinon, opt for sporting activities on the Vienne river or in the forest, such as kayaking, paddle boarding or accrobranche.

Don't wait any longer, book your hotel in Chinon and come and visit the many historic sites in Chinon! Find our selection of activities to do in Chinon below.

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Stroll on Jeanne d'Arc square

Stroll on Jeanne d'Arc square

In the heart of the city of Chinon, you can discover the statue of Joan of Arc on horseback. The statue was inaugurated in 1893 and refers to Joan of Arc's entry into Chinon on March 6, 1429. History tells us that she practiced "quintaine" here.

Place Jeanne d'Arc
37500 Chinon
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Chinon Forest

Chinon Forest

Beautiful walks and bike rides are possible in the state forest of Chinon. You will be able to walk in any season on the forest roads for cyclists or in the undergrowth for walkers.

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Royal Fortress of Chinon

Royal Fortress of Chinon

The Royal Fortress of Chinon is an emblematic monument of the medieval period in the Loire Valley. The fortress welcomed Jeanne d'Arc and it is here that she met Charles VII before liberating Orleans.

2 Rue du Château
37500 Chinon
02 47 93 13 45
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Ride in a gyropod

Ride in a gyropod

"e-Follow me" offers you an original ride. A fun and simple way to discover the city and its surroundings aboard these electric vehicles that allow you to move like a pedestrian, but faster and more quietly.

4 Bis, Rue du commerce
37500 Chinon
06 88 73 88 69
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Animated Museum of Wine and Cooperage

Animated Museum of Wine and Cooperage

The Museum of Wine and Cooperage was opened on June 1st 1979 by a native of Chinon. Inside this museum, you can find tools from the last century, which come to life thanks to the action of 14 automatons.

12, Rue Voltaire
37500 Chinon
02 47 93 25 63
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Castle of Crissay

Castle of Crissay

This ancient châtellenie belonging to the Bouchard island and the achevêché of Tours has kept the ruins of its 15th century castle. The castle contains the tomb of Katerine du Bellay, cousin of the poet Joachim du Bellay.

7, rue du château
37220 Crissay-sur-Manse
06 22 63 44 93
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Accrobranche

Accrobranche

Saint Benoit Aventure proposes several types of activities around the accrobranche. Whether you are an amateur or a seasoned climber, there is something for everyone. 17 courses are proposed and go from the simple initiation to the course "The warriors".

D139
37500 Saint-Benoît-la-Forêt
06 89 07 18 96
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The Caves Painctes

The Caves Painctes

The Caves Painctes are located in the historic heart of Chinon. It is a place of pilgrimage for the admirers of Rabelais. The galleries have not been modified since the 16th century and the galleries go under the Fortress of Chinon.

Impasse des Caves Painctes
37500 Chinon
02 47 93 30 44
Walk with sled dogs

Walk with sled dogs

A ride with sled dogs is possible to live a unique experience. You will be able to guide these Nordic dogs and enjoy the magnificent landscapes that this region offers.

Les Prenats
37120 Braslou
07 50 89 82 00
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Canoeing in Chinon

Canoeing in Chinon

In Chinon, you will have the possibility to go down the Vienne river in canoe-kayak. You can discover a variety of landscapes while practicing a sport activity, at your own pace. For those who are new to canoeing, a guide can accompany you.

Quai Danton
37500 Chinon
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