Informations pratique


Château et Jardins de Villandry


Villandry is just 3 hours from Paris by car. Take the A 10 exit No. 24 (Joué-lès-Tours) then the A85 towards Saumur, exit No. 8 (Villandry)..

By train from Paris-Montparnasse (55 minutes) then take a taxi at Tours or Saint-Pierre-des-Corps station (20 minutes)



owner : La famille Carvallo

Tel. : +33 2 47 50 02 09

Fax : +33 2 47 50 12 85


Services & opening times 2012

Gardens : open every day, all year long - Unguided visits with leaflet. (* last tickets sold)
- From 1st January to 10 February: 09h00 - 17h00
- From 11 to 29 February : 09h00 - 17h30
- From 1st to 24 March : 09h00 18h00
- From 25 March to 30 June : 09h00 - 19h00
- From 1st July to 31 August : 09h00 - 19h30
- From 1st to 30 September : 09h00 - 19h00
- From 1st to 27 October : 09h00 - 18h30
- From 28 October to 11 Nov. : 09h00 - 17h30
- From 12 November to 31 Dec. : 09h00 - 17h00

Château : every day from 11 February to 11 November 2012

Unguided visit with leaflet or guided tour in French at set times, reserved first for individuals – groups = contact us (except in February and December, Sundays from 1 May to 30 September and some big week-ends)

- From 1st January to 2 January : 09h30 - 16h30
- From 3 January to 10 February : Closed
- From 11 to 29 February : 09h00 - 17h00
- From 1st to 24 March : 09h00 - 17h30
- From 25 March to 30 June : 09h00 - 18h00
- From 1st July to 31 august : 09h00- 18h30
- From 1st September to 27 oct. : 09h00 - 18h00
- From 28 October to 11 Nov. : 09h00 - 17h00
- From 12 Nov to 21 December: Closed
- From 22 to 31 December: ; 09h00 - 16h30

Accessible to people with limited mobility Airport / Aerodrome nearby Children's playground Shop Parking area for camper vans and caravans Dogs admitted when kept on lead Group visit Room hire Free bus parking Open 7 days out of 7 Shady picnic areas Sale of flowers and plants Restaurant Tearoom

2012 entrance prices

Audioguide to château and gardens in French, English, Spanish, Italian and German: €3 (in addition to the entry fee)  

and gardens
Adults 9,50 euros 6,50 euros
with Audioguide
13 euros

10 euros

Reduced price* 5,50 euros 4 euros
Reduced price*
With Audioguide
9 euros 7,50 euros
Groups **
(15 Pers. Minimum)
7 euros 4,50 euros
Groups **
(15 Pers. Minimum)
With Audioguide
10,50 euros 8 euros
Free for children under 8 years
*Reduced price: young people from 8 to 18 and students (under 26 years with up to date cards)
** Groups minimum 15 paying visitors/ 2 free tickets (reserved driver/leader)
Audio-guided tour (adult or children version): 3,50 euros/audio-guide

Visites Virtuelles



Recognised as "historical monument" and "remarkable gardens"


Villandry is a Renaissance Chateau in a beautiful setting among three tiers of terraced gardens.

It was the last of the great Renaissance chateaux to be built on the banks of the Loire, and its architecture combines with gardens laid out on three levels, its best-known feature, in a happy marriage of beauty, diversity, and harmony.

  Villandry, tout l'art des jardins

The decorative kitchen garden has a profusion of colourful flowers and vegetables planted in a chequerboard plan. The effect of the seasonal variations is an ever-changing three-dimensional picture.

In the ornamental garden, the box hedges form musical symbols, but pride of place is given to hearts, scrolls, butterflies, fans... allegories of love - tender, passionate, fickle and tragic.

The water garden is the most tranquil: here the pool takes centre stage, with the sound of the fountains and the great lawned spaces bringing visitors a feeling of calm and tranquillity. This is the most peaceful garden you could find, ideal for relaxing or just dreaming!

The site is completed by the herb garden, with its medicinal and culinary plants, and the arboured maze, where adults and children love to lose themselves.

Villandry has been in the Carvallo family since 1906. It was Joachim Carvallo, a Spaniard, and his American wife, Ann Coleman, who created the gardens around 1910. The castle, which was refurbished in the 18th century, has recently been restored. This is a friendly, family home, where every room tells the story of an era, thanks to its furniture and careful decoration.


  • 2 and 3 June
    Garden Rendezvous
    Usual prices except free entry for under-18s

  • 16 and 17 June
    Troglodyte Rendezvous
    Exploring the troglodytic conservatories at Villandry Usual prices

  • 6 and 7 July
    Nights of a Thousand Fires
    Gardens illuminated with candles and firework spectacular Special prices: adult €9.50/concessions €7/free for children under 8

  • 15 and 16 September
    European Heritage Days
    Usual prices except free entry for under-18s

  • 29 and 30 September
    Kitchen Garden Days
    Come and meet Villandry’s gardeners
    Usual prices

  • 6 & 7 October
    Grand Prize of the French Chess Federation
    Usual prices

exposition des jardins de villandry
  • Exhibition event from 21 March to 21 May 2012: “The Journey of Pollen”

    in partnership with the French Allergy Observation Committee
    “Love is in the air” exhibition
    12 large-format photographs by Martin Oeggerli on display in the gardens
    Adventure trail for children and families: “The Adventures of Choumatchoum”
    fun, educational treasure hunt explaining the mechanisms of pollination and allergies
    “The Princess with the Handkerchief”, a fairy tale to discover while exploring the gardens

  • 2012 art season: on display for visitors to the château

    2012 art season: on display for visitors to the château
    Pierre Miltgen, paintings, March to May 2012
    Charlotte Thodey, paintings, June to November 11th 2012