Visit Gardens of the Chateau de Valencay
The Chateau de Valencay is situated in the Loire Valley in the town of Valencay in the Indre department in the Centre region of France.
Visit the gardens of the Chateau de Valencay
The Château de Valençay is a magnificent Chateau in the Centre region of France. Famously owned by Prince Talleyrand who was Foreign Minister to Napoleon.
The garden is surrounded by a recently restored classical French-style garden. Parterres in symetrical patterns and with statues, basins and immaculate displays of colourful bedding plants which are changed with the seasons - these are classical French style formal gardens.
There is also the Duchess' garden with terraced flowerbeds and views over one of the last-surviving hunting lodges in France.
A large park and woods can be explored, replete with deer and peacocks and a recently created series of large meadows. All in all the park and gardens covers 53 hectares.
Called the 'Damier Fleuri' these meadows are all immaculately kept to large squares, the edges of which are mowed making it easy to wander through the meadows. The squares are filled with a glorious variety of specially selected wild flowers.
There is also a labyrinth, deer park, a mini farm and a 4km woodland walk that you can see and do. It is possible to hire an electric golf cart to explore the park.
The Chateau de Valencay is a beautiful Renaissance chateau and well worth visiting in its own right. There is a restaurant and tea shop in the Orangerie serving meals and refreshments.
Chateau de Valencay garden guide
This garden is situated in the Indre department of the Centre region of France on the main Blois-Chateauroux road.
The gardens of the Chateau de Valencay are open:
End March and April : 10h30 to 18h
May, September : 10h to 18h
June : 9h30 to 18h30
July, August : 9h30 to 19h
1 October to 11 November: 10h30 to 17h
The entry price is 13.50 euros for adults (chateau included) and 10.50 euros for 7-17 year olds, 4.80 euros for 4-6 year olds and under 4s are free.
Address: Park and Gardens of the Chateau de Valencay, 2 rue de Blois, 36600 Valencay
Gardens to visit nearby
The gardens of the Chateau de Chenonceau are very attractive French formal gardens and they also have a very impressive cut flower garden which produces flowers for the sumptuous displays in the chateau.
To the south are the gardens of the Chateau d'Azay whose topiary collection is considered to be one of the best in France.
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.