Visit Gardens of the Chateau d'Azay
The Chateau d'Azay-le-Ferron is in the town of Azay-le-Ferron near Tours in the department of Indre. The gardens are classified as one of France's "Remarkable Gardens".
Explore the gardens of the Chateau d'Azay le Ferron
The beautiful Chateau d'Azay le Ferron is surrounded by a magnificent park, part French and part English in inspiration. There are 123 acres in total.
The 'French-style' park has a collection of topiary, considered to be one of the best in France. The topiaries next to the Cingé wing of the castle are inspired by the pieces of a chess board. Many of the gardens are designed to be seen from above too and you get some great views from the windows of the chateau.
The 'English-style' park was designed by the Buhler brothers and has been planted to have a very natural and tranquil aspect. Planting started in 1856 and so the park is very mature and filled with beautiful trees. There is a tree-discovery circuit that you can do to see the wide range of trees in the park. These include cedars, red cedars, huge sequoias and much more.
In front of the chateaux are some orange trees which date to 1896 and were given to Martha d'Azay upon her engagement.
As with most French chateaux there is also an impressive vegetable garden and an orchard. To end the visit there is a rose garden filled entirely with 17th century roses.
Chateau d'Azay le Ferron garden guide
The garden is open from the 31st March to the 11 November.
April, May, June and September: every day from 10.00 to 18.00
July and August: every day from 10.00 to 18.30
1 October to 11 November: every day from 10.00 to 17.30
Visits cost 3.50 euros for adults and 2 euros for 6-18 year olds. (8 euros and 4.50 euros if you include a guided tour of the chateau)
The Chateau d'Azay le Ferron is situated between Chateauroux and Chatelleraul in the Parc Naturel Région de la Brenne.
Address: Chateau d'Azay le Ferron, 31 rue Hersent-Luzarche, 36290 Azay Le Ferron
Gardens to visit nearby
To the north of the Chateau d'Azay-le-Ferron is another Loire Valley chateau with an impressive garden - the Chateau de Valencay. Formal French gardens and a large deer park are all on offer here. A little further are the Chateau de Chenonceau gardens. Also with great French formal gardens and also the impressive cutting garden - flower arrangers will love the castle displays and the cutting garden!
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.