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  • If you're interested in Leonardo da Vinci, the great Italian painter, architect, scientist and engineer, this visit to Clos Lucé Castle is a must. An added advantage are the skip-the-line tickets! Check out the Loire Valley castles map here.
  • Travel through 800 years of French history at the Clos Lucé Castle and marvel at the architecture of the historical building as you learn about its importance in the history of Amboise and the Loire Valley.
  • The Clos Lucé Castle is famous above all for its connection with Leonardo da Vinci. Visit Leonardo da Vinci's bedroom and admire many of his models showcased in the basement and gardens.
  • If you're interested in Leonardo da Vinci, the great Italian painter, architect, scientist and engineer, this visit to Clos Lucé Castle is a must. An added advantage are the skip-the-line tickets! Check out the Loire Valley castles map here.
  • Travel through 800 years of French history at the Clos Lucé Castle and marvel at the architecture of the historical building as you learn about its importance in the history of Amboise and the Loire Valley.
  • The Clos Lucé Castle is famous above all for its connection with Leonardo da Vinci. Visit Leonardo da Vinci's bedroom and admire many of his models showcased in the basement and gardens.

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  • Skip-the-line entry to Clos Lucé Castle
  • Access to exhibitions
  • Tip: Tickle your taste buds with local delicacies at the 3 different restaurants available on-site (at your own cost).
  • Please note that only 80% of the castle is accessible to wheelchair users.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled. However, you can use them any time until 31 December, 2024.
  • These tickets are valid until 31 December, 2024.
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Château du Clos Lucé | A journey through 800 years of French history

Château du Clos Lucé is a historic castle in the town of Amboise, in the Loire Valley of France. It is famous for being the last residence of Leonardo da Vinci, who lived there from 1516 until he died in 1519. The château is a beautiful example of Renaissance architecture and has been preserved as a museum dedicated to Leonardo's life and work.

Things to know before booking your tickets to Château du Clos Lucé 

  • Children under the age of 6 years can enjoy free entry to the Château du Clos Lucé. 
  • If you are between 7 years and 18 years old, you can enjoy discounted entry to the Château du Clos Lucé with a valid ID proof.  
  • Château du Clos Lucé is only 80% accessible for people with reduced mobility. Only the castle’s ground floor, basement, and park are accessible for wheelchair users. 
  • The bilingual staff at the Château du Clos Lucé is well-versed in both English and French. 
  • The operating hours of the Château du Clos Lucé vary from time to time. Before booking your tickets, check the opening hours of the castle and plan your visit accordingly.

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  • Distance from Paris: Approximately 225 km (140 miles)
  • Nearest train station: Amboise, Place de la Gare, 37400 Amboise, France
  • Nearest airport: Tours Val de Loire Airport, 40 Rue de l'Aéroport, 37100 Tours, France
  • Nearest castles: Amboise, Chenonceau, Chaumont-sur-Loire
  • Nearest cities: Tours, Blois, Chenonceaux

Why visit the Château du Clos Lucé

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  • Da Vinci’s last residence: Château du Clos Lucé was Da Vinci’s home from 1516 until he died in 1519. Experience the enchanting castle where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final years, reflecting on his remarkable life and revolutionary work.
  • Artifacts created by Leonardo: From the acclaimed artist’s manuscripts and artwork to the models of his inventions based on original drawings, the Château du Clos Lucé is home to some of Leonardo’s last pieces of work. 
  • Great learning experience: At the Château du Clos Lucé, you can participate in workshops, programs, and exhibits that demonstrate the principles behind Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions and give an insight into his work and life during the French Renaissance. 
  • Beautiful grounds: The castle's extensive gardens and park are worth strolling through. The grounds also include reconstructions of Leonardo's designs and inventions. 
  • Architectural marvel: The Château du Clos Lucé has been meticulously preserved over the years. You can walk through the beautifully restored rooms at the castle, including Leonardo's bedroom, kitchen, and study — all of which are furnished to reflect the French Renaissance period and Leonardo's time there.

What to see at Château du Clos Lucé

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Leonardo’s bedroom

See the room where Leonardo spent his final years! The room is furnished to reflect the French Renaissance period and offers an intimate look at his personal space.

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Leonardo’s studio

Explore where Leonardo worked on his inventions and art. The studio is filled with sketches, models, and replicas of his works.

Council chamber

This room showcases various aspects of Leonardo’s role as a counselor to King Francis I. It includes documents and artifacts from his time in France.

Models of Leonardo’s inventions

See life-sized and smaller models of Leonardo’s inventions, including flying machines, bridges, and military devices. These models are based on his original sketches and designs.

Leonardo’s machine park

A large park area where visitors can interact with giant models of Leonardo’s inventions. These full-scale models allow visitors to see and understand the mechanics behind his designs.

Water garden

A serene area featuring water-related inventions by Leonardo. This part of the park showcases his designs for water mills, pumps, and other hydraulic devices.

Plan your visit to Château du Clos Lucé

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Chateau Du Clos Luce Tickets Timings

Opening hours: 

  • January: 10am - 6pm
  • February to June: 9am - 7 pm
  • May 1, 9, 10, and 11: 9am - 8pm
  • July to August: 9am - 8pm
  • September and October: 9am - 7pm
  • November and December: 9am - 6pm  

Closed: December 25 and January 1

Best time to visit: Plan your visit to the Château du Clos Lucé during weekday mornings, just after it opens or before it closes. 

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Getting here

Address: 2 Rue du Clos Lucé, 37400 Amboise, France

Find on maps. 

  • By TGV: TGV fast train
    Nearest stop: St Pierre des Corps 
  • By train: Amboise TER
    Nearest stop: Loire Valley station
  • By shuttle: PARISCityVISION
    Nearest stop: Loire Valley station
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  • Washrooms: There are specially adapted toilet blocks with low-level basins, step stools, and adapted wash basins. 
  • Bottle warmer: If you want to warm milk bottles for children, bottle warmer facilities are available at the castle.  
  • Picnic areas: Picnic areas are sprinkled all over the parks. There are some picnic areas located in the shade as well. 
  • Visitor’s Guide: A visitor’s guidebook is available in five languages, English, French, Italian, Spanish, and German. You can pick these up for free from the ticket office. 
  • Gift shop: Commemorate your visit to the castle with a special souvenir from the on-site gift shop.
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  • Dogs are permitted inside the building but must be kept on a leash in the park. 
  • It is recommended that you carry a baby carrier or sling when traveling with children and infants rather than a pram or stroller since the terrain is uneven and there are many steps. 
  • If you are traveling with children between 7 and 12 years, don’t forget to get The Inventor’s Notebook for them from the ticket office. The notebook is available in French and English.   
  • Eight audio installations in the park recreate Leonardo’s thoughts in French, English, German, and Italian. For an immersive experience, listen to these installations when visiting the park. 
  • Since the tour of Château du Clos Lucé includes a visit to the park, it is a good idea to wear comfortable footwear during your visit. 
  • There are three different restaurants available on-site; do try them out when visiting the attraction.
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  • La Terrasse Renaissance: La Terrasse is a crêperie cum salad bar that serves refreshing salads and sweet and savory crepes. You can enjoy the delicious food at the restaurant while enjoying stunning views of the Château du Clos Lucé. 
  • La Table du Moulin: Located in front of the Mill, La Table du Moulin serves hot drinks, refreshments, and tea. You can choose from a selection of crispy salads, delicious desserts, and yummy paninis. 
  • L’Auberge du Prieuré: At this restaurant, visitors can enjoy delicious Renaissance-themed dishes such as confit of chicken in local wine, squash ‘gastiau’ with caraway, salmon aumônière with basil, and leek tredura.

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  • Château Royal d'Amboise: Located 1.8 km away, Château Royal d'Amboise offers stunning views over the Loire River. It was a favorite residence of French kings and is known for its impressive Gothic and Renaissance architecture.
  • Château de Chenonceau: Located 11.7 km away, Château de Chenonceau is one of the most famous and picturesque castles in the Loire Valley. It spans the River Cher and is renowned for its beautiful gardens and rich history.
  • Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire: Located 18.4 km away, Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire is known for its stunning gardens and the annual International Garden Festival, which runs from early May to November. The château offers a mix of historical architecture and contemporary garden design as well.

Frequently Asked Questions about Chateau du Clos Lucé tickets

Is entry to the Chateau du Clos Lucé free on special days?

Entry to the castle is not free on special days such as European Heritage Month or the first Sundays of certain months. However, children under the age of 6 enjoy free entry to the attraction throughout the year.

What are the best days and times to visit the Chateau du Clos Lucé to avoid crowds?

To avoid crowds, plan your visit to the castle during weekday mornings or before closing.

How long does a typical visit to the Château du Clos Lucé last?

You can expect to spend at least 3-3.5 hours at the attraction.

Are private guided tours available at the Château du Clos Lucé?

Private guided tours are available at the attraction. The tours take place thrice a day and vary from month to month. In January and February, the guided tour timings are 11:30pm, 2:30pm and 4pm. From March to October, the timings are 11:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:15pm and in November and December, the timings are 11:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:45pm.

Does the Château du Clos Lucé offer audio guides as an alternative to a guided tour?

Though audio guides are unavailable, you can buy the visitors’ guidebook from the ticket office for free before starting your visit. The guidebook is available in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German.

What special accommodations are available for guests with disabilities?

For the convenience of guests with disabilities, the attraction has adapted toilets with adapted washbasins. Only the castle’s ground floor, basement, and park are accessible for wheelchair users.