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The Rivau is located in the Loire Valley in the Touraine region.

WITH YOUR CAR : From Tours, take highway A10 in the direction of Bordeaux and Poitiers. Take Exit 25 in « Sainte Maure de Touraine » then follow the direction of Chinon and the signs to Château du Rivau.

From Angers or Saumur, take Highway A85 in direction of Tours. Take exit 5 « Chinon/Bourguei »l, then follow the signs to Château du Rivau.

WITH THE TRAIN : From Paris Gare Montparnasse take the TGV to Tours or Saint Pierre des Corps. Then you can either take a train to Chinon and order a private driver (20 mins) to take you to Rivau and back.

Should you want to organise your own minibus contact Mario

WITH A BIKE : Check out our bike maps and come from Chinon, Richelieu ou Tours.

Château du Rivau
9 rue du château 37120 Lémeré
Tel: 02 47 95 77 47
Coordonnées GPS :
Latitude: 47.103155 – Longitude : 0.323635

Opening Times in 2022

April 1st –  April 30th : 10am-6pm
May 1st – September 30th : 10am-7pm
October 1st- November 13th : 10am-6pm

Groups are welcome to visit all year upon reservation.


Admission closes 45 minutes before the closing of the Castle. For the visit of the castle, royal stable and gardens count a minimum of 1h30. Half a day is optimum to stroll around the gardens.


The Gastronomic Restaurant Secret Garden is open from wednesday to sunday. Booking is mandatory +33 02 47 95 77 47.


The Restaurant The Feast of the Fairies is open from April to November 13th (included). We serve home grown food. Booking is adviced +33 02 47 95 77 47. The tea room is open during school holidays from 12am to 3pm. Please book your picnic online.

Pre-booked groups can visit all year round, contact us for further details.

Fees 2022

Visit of the Castle, the Royal Stables, the Press area and the fairytale gardens.
Adults : 12 €
Children (5 to 18 years old) : 7,00€ (Free for Kids under 5 years old)
Students (under 25 years old) and jobseeker: 9,50€
Family 2 adults and 2 kids : 32€
Family 2 adults and 3,4 or 5 kids : 37€
Disabled Adult : 7,00€
Disabled Child: 5,00€

Year Pass
Audioguide: +3,5€
Costume for Rent for Kids: +3,5€ (3rd one free)
Workshop for kids during the vacations : +3,5€

Booking online

Handicapt Accessibility :

Two parkings spots are available on site.
Access to the gardens, restaurant, boutique, royal stables is possible for wheelchairs – Avoid rainy days for the gardens because of the risk of mud.
Access to the castle should be booked in advance for wheelchair.

Thank you to contact us if necesseray : 

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Other Informations:

Guided Tour (1h-1h30) in French, English, German, Spanish and Italian are available for groups on reservation.
Visit without a guide with panels in the gardens and the castle in French and English and a leaflet in French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Flemish and Russian.
Language spoken at the counter : French and English
An Audioguide is available in English, French (for adults and kids), German, Flemish, Italian, Spanish and Chinese.

Dogs on a leash are welcome in the gardens but are not allowed inside the castle.

1 Full Ticket = 1 Reduced Fare In Other Historical Site

Castle Le Rivau, Fontevraud Abbey, Castle and Garden from Villandry, Royal Fortress of Chinon, Castle of Langeais and Castle of Azay le Rideau allow you to have a reduced fare if you buy a full ticket on one of the historical monument.

Enjoy the Loire Valley to its fullest by visiting :

Fontevraud Abbey : a mytical abbey linked to the kings of France and an art center.
Fortress of Chinon : The Fortress of the 3rd Millinium.
Castle of Langeais : a medeval castle fully furnished.
Castle and Gardens from Villandry : extraordinary french gardens.
Castle of Azay le Rideau : Gem of the Renaissance in the Loire Valley
Cave de l’Aulée : Wine of the Loire
Cave Pierre et Bertrand Couly : Wine of Chinon
La Devinière : Home of Rabelais
Chateau de Saché : Balzac Museum
Castle and Gardens from le Rivau : medieval castle and its fairytale gardens.


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