The Château d’Amboise sits high up above the picturesque town of the same name which is also an excellent place to spend a few hours with many apparel and souvenir shops along side a bountiful collection of coffee shops and restaurants. The château has extensive gardens, views down on the town and the Loire river and the amazing spiral rampart which allowed a horse drawn carriage to access the inner courtyards. The castle has been extensively modified over the years and the current building is only a small portion of the construction at the time of King Charles VI. The Château web site has an excellent section on the history.
Our recommendations for the Amboise area include the Brasserie Hippeau which benefits from being slightly off the main street and for accommodation, the excellent Château des Arpentis which is a short 10 minutes drive from the center of Amboise.