The Royal Château de Blois is located in the city center of Blois at the Loir-et-Cher département in the Loire Valley, in France.

The Chateau de Blois sits on the edge of a large square slightly raised up from the town of Blois and so offering great views over the town and the Loire river below. From the outside the chateau has the look of a large red-brick manor house though with the addition of the statue of King Louis XII seated on a horse and also a carved porcupine which was his royal emblem.

Beautifully furnished inside, it has plenty to keep the family happy. If you’re there in the evening, don’t miss the son-et-lumiere in the courtyard telling the intriguing, and sometimes bloody, history of the castle.