Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
Upgrade to today
for only an extra Cxx.xx

You get:

plus This issue of xxxxxxxxxxx.
plus Instant access to the latest issue of 340+ of our top selling titles.
plus Unlimited access to 30000+ back issues
plus No contract or commitment. If you decide that PocketmagsPlus is not for you, you can cancel your monthly subscription online at any time. Auto-renews at $14.99 per month, unless cancelled.
Upgrade for $1.48
Then just $14.99 / month. Cancel anytime.
Learn more
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the Australia version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Read anywhere Read anywhere
Ways to pay Pocketmags Payment Types
Trusted site
At Pocketmags you get
Secure Billing
Great Offers
Web & App Reader
Gifting Options
Loyalty Points

Châteaux of the Loire

French history is written in pomp and splendour across the World Heritage-listed landscape of the Loire Valley, and its castles trace tales of war, romance and intrigue.
The early 16th-century Château de Chenonceau
Tear out page here then fold along dotted lines

Art & architecture


This cityscape of turrets is hands-down the grandest and most visited château in the Loire Valley. Begun in 1519 under François I, it snowballed to include 440 rooms, 365 freplaces and 84 staircases. Visit in the early morning to see it rise atmospherically from the mist (; Chambord; 9am–6pm Apr–Oct, to 5pm Nov– Mar; £9, parking from £3).


Spanning the languid Cher River via a series of supremely graceful arches, Chenonceau castle was largely the work of several remarkable women; it has an alternative name, Le Château des Dames. The interior includes a fabulous art collection with works by Tintoretto, Correggio, Rubens and others (; Chenonceaux; open daily, hours vary by month; £10.50).

Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Lonely Planet - June 2016
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.