The Château de Cheverny is an excellent choice for those looking to spend a full day at one of the castles of the Loire Valley. With extensive grounds, a cafe on site and cars and boats for rent, there's plenty to do and see after touring the exquisite castle itself. The unique aspect of this castle is that its owners have always lived here, which makes it less of a museum and more of a peek into just how one does live in a castle!
Also of interest is the Tintin exhibition. The château was used in creating Tintin's Marlinspike Hall, and there is a fantastic collection of Tintin items that bring this world-famous comic to life in its not-so-fictional home!
The Château de Cheverny is open daily, with hours ranging from 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter and spring and from 9:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the high season. An individual adult ticket for the castle and gardens is €9, and there are discounts for large families, groups, students and children over 7. Additional fees apply for use of the boats and carts that are available on the grounds. Trains to Blois, Tours, Orléans or Vendôme from Paris are as far as public transport goes; cars are best in the Loire Valley.