France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   What to See in Villandry, France
The Gardens of the Château de Villandy are what bring people to this small town near the Loire and Cher.




Just 18 kilometers southwest of Tours, the small down of Villandry is dominated by the Château de Villandry and its splendid gardens. That's really why you're there and where you want to spend your time.

The château is right in the village, and the nearby St-Étienne Church is just beyond the grounds.

If you drive in from Tours, don't worry if all the parking just across from the château seems to be full. Just a bit farther on, behind the Tourist Office, is a large parking lot. The Tourist Office can provide information about the château and other local events. The day we visited, there was a large "Vide Grenier" (attic emptier--a big rummage sale) nearby.

While you're in the area, you might consider visiting the nearby châteaux of Ussé, Azay-le-Rideau, or Langeais. A bit farther south is the fascinating town and château of Chinon.

Château de Villandry

Château d'Ussé

Château d'Azay-le-Rideau

Château de Chinon

Loire Valley Châteaux

How to Visit Châteaux

Loire Valley Transportation




Gardens of Villandry and Church of St-Etienne, France

Above, the vegetable garden at the Château of Villandry, Church of St-Etienne in background

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