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Historical sites in the Loire Valley



The Canal-Bridge in Briare

The "Canal de Briare" is the oldest canal in France, built under Henry IV. The canal-bridge in Briare, which spans the Loire river over more than 600 metres, is a jewel in the crown of France's river heritage, built by the Eiffel company between 1890 and 1896.

The lock and the water station in Mantelot

Classified as a historic monument and restored in 2000, Mantelot is both a lock and a former boat station. It linked the "Canal Latéral à la Loire" (left bank) and the "Canal de Briare" (right bank) by crossing the Loire river at Châtillon-sur-Loire.


The castle of Saint-Fargeau

The history of the castle in Saint-Fargeau spans 10 centuries. Come and visit its flats, its chapel, its guard room, its toy loft, its carpentry (complete tour) and the 120 hectares of its English park.

Guédelon : building a castle from scratch

A team of forty master-builders has taken on the extraordinary challenge of building a castle using the technology and materials of the Middle Ages. Guédelon is a site of scientific, historic and educational interest, and a wonderful collective venture !


The Colette's house

When you enter into the house, you are invited to take a journey through time and through the work of one of our greatest writers. More than just a writer's house, Colette's birthplace is the threshold of her literary creation.

The castel of Ratilly

The construction of Ratilly castle began in the 11th century and the present building dates from the end of the 13th century. The castle also hosts temporary exhibitions, concerts and shows, as well as a pottery workshop, offering courses.


The castle of Saint-Brisson-sur-Loire

Between Gien and Briare, the castle of Saint-Brisson, a listed heritage site, has watched over the Loire river for a thousand years. There are several ways to discover it, depending on whether you are an escape game fan, a culture lover or a gourmet !

The castle of la Bussière

The history of the castle of la Bussière dates back to the 12th century. It was a fortress until the end of the 15th century, then became a pleasure castle between the 16th and 18th centuries. It is surrounded by a vegetable garden of one and a half hectares and a park of 60 hectares.


The castle of Sully-sur-Loire

Behind its imposing medieval silhouette surrounded by a moat, the castle houses architectural treasures and 16 furnished rooms to discover ! It was the former residence of Maximilien de Béthune, Duke of Sully, minister of Henri IV.

Overlooking the city of Gien and the Loire river, the castle-museum of Gien has been built from 1482 on the request of Anne de Beaujeu. It shelters today a museum dedicated to the hunting, the story and the nature of the Loire Valley.

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