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Frequently asked questions

You wish to visit the château and the gardens of Villandry; you are preparing your visit and you are asking yourself many questions: Where is Villandry? How to come to Villandry? What is the price of the visit? What is the best season to visit Villandry? Can we come with a dog? We have tried to answer all your questions.

Dogs are permitted in the gardens as long as they are kept on a lead throughout the visit. Only small dogs carried in a bag/basket throughout the visit are permitted inside the château.

Picnics are not allowed in the park. We allow you to go out for lunch and then come back to finish your visit. The ticket is valid all day.
A picnic area about 100m from the château entrance (behind the Tourist Office of Villandry) is available.

No, you can purchase your tickets on site, regardless of the date and time of your visit.
Tickets sold online are not time-stamped and holders must still queue to enter.
! For certain events with a limited number of places (e.g. The Nights of a Thousand Lights), booking is compulsory.

Free car / bus parking spaces are available to visitors near the chateau.
In the château parking lot, there are parking spaces reserved for camper vans for the duration of the visit (night parking prohibited – camper van area in the village).
An unguarded bicycle parking is located near the entrance to the domain. After the ticket office, cyclists can use the free storage lockers to keep their personal items safe.
4 spaces for disabled visitors are located within direct proximity of the estate entrance. Other spaces are also available at the tourist office car park (150 m from the entrance).

It takes an average of 1.5 hours to visit the gardens and around 1 hour for the château.
The duration of the visit is unlimited for the day.

La Doulce Terrasse, the château restaurant, welcomes you every day from April to November. It offers seasonal food inspired by the château’s vegetable garden. The entire menu is made with regional produce and accompanied by Val de Loire wines.
The restaurant is located at the entrance to the site, before the ticket office entrance. You can also leave to have lunch and return to continue your visit.
For a quick stop, there is also a takeaway kiosk at the entrance to the site, with sandwiches, crêpes, ice cream, drinks and more.

Yes, as an individual visitor, from April to October (except for Sundays and during major weekends), guided tours of the château are available at regular intervals. They last approximately 1 hour 15 minutes and are given in French, and do not require booking.
Other services are available for groups. Please see our dedicated page.

Yes, we accept ANCV holiday vouchers and chèque culture vouchers (Up).
Payment at the ticket office only.

In high season, the most popular times are around 11 am and 12.30 pm and from 2.30 to 4 pm.

No, the entire site is open all day.

There are no fast-track tickets. All visitors must enter via the ticket office, including those who already have a ticket. Rest assured that it does not take long to enter the site.

Campervan spaces are freely accessible for the duration of your visit in the château’s private car park. Overnight stays are not permitted.
There is a specific Campervan Parkfor overnight stays and services in the village.

The Château de Villandry is located on the “Loire à Vélo” route and is accessible by bicycle (15 km from Tours).
There is bicycle parking (unsupervised) within direct proximity of the site entrance. After the ticket office, cyclists can use the free storage lockers to keep their personal items safe.
Read more about the “Loire à Vélo” routes on the website:

Storage lockers are available to visitors after the ticket office.
Bags and motorbike helmets can be stored there free of charge.

Visitors are most certainly allowed to take photos in the château, as long as the flash is not used.
Photos taken at Villandry must only be used for non-commercial purposes.

The gardens are especially in bloom from April to October.
We invite you to follow us on social media to see how the gardens evolve throughout the season.

The Château de Villandry does not offer a preferential rate for jobseekers or large families.
Please note that entry is free for children under 8 years of age. Young people aged 8 to 18 and students under 26 years of age (upon presentation of a valid card) will receive a preferential rate.

As a private site, the Château de Villandry does not grant free entry to these card holders.

You can leave to have lunch and return to continue your visit. Please see a member of the reception team, who will tell you what you need to do.

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