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Visit Blois

Nestled on the northern banks of the Loire River, Blois features an attractive old town, a stunning castle and fine surrounding countryside. 

Despite suffering heavy bombing during World War II, the small city of Blois has retained a strong cultural identity. Much of this results from the preservation of the old town and its stunning chateau. Enjoy classy cafés, fine restaurants and attractive parks and woodland that also add to its appeal.

As you stroll along the river, notice the Chateau Royal de Blois rising above the well-preserved old town. Formerly the seat of the powerful counts of Blois, the huge façade displays elements of Gothic, Renaissance and Classical architecture in four separate wings.

Inside the castle, explore the Renaissance wing and look around the apartments of Francois I and Queen Claude. The staircase is intricately decorated with salamanders and beautifully carved Fs (the heraldic symbol of François). Another highlight is the king’s apartment, the site of a bloody incident in 1588 when Henri III had his rival, Duke Henri I de Guise, murdered. See the gruesome events depicted by several period paintings on the apartment’s walls.

Opposite the chateau stands the Maison de la Magie, the former home of inventor and conjurer Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, whose name was taken on by Harry Houdini. Enjoy daily shows and exhibits that bring the history of magic to life.

Visit the Old Town of Blois, just a short walk along the river from the Chateau Royal. Admire the multistory bell tower of the 17th-century Cathédrale St-Louis and view the Maison des Acrobates, one of the few remaining 15th-century city homes.

All the attractions are within easy walking distance of one another in Blois. You won’t need transportation if you stay in one of the hotels in town. Explore the surrounding area for superb walking and biking trails along the river or through the forests.

Return to Blois and treat yourself to a meal in one of the many fine restaurants. Find one by the river and watch the lights of the town reflecting on the water as you enjoy your meal.

Top Hotels in Blois

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Mercure Blois Centre
Mercure Blois Centre
4 out of 5
28 Quai Saint Jean, Blois, Loir-et-Cher
per night
Jan 3 - Jan 4

Located in the heart of Blois, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Trinité and Chateau de Blois. St. Louis Cathedral and Musee ...

4.3/5Excellent! (383 reviews)

"I’ve stayed here multiple times over the years. In Blois, this is the place to stay. The staff has always been amazing, really top notch, and helpful. The rooms are fine, although they are showing their age, and should probably be updated at some point soon. The breakfast buffet, while really great ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2019

Mercure Blois Centre
First Inn Hotel Blois
First Inn Hotel Blois
25 bis rue de la Vallée Maillard, Blois
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20

Situated in Blois, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Polyclinique de Blois and within 3 mi (5 km) of St. Louis Cathedral and Maison de la Magie. Chateau de ...

4.3/5Excellent! (281 reviews)
Modern hotel near Blois

"The location is not the best "for myself" as I try to be more in the center of towns so that I can easily walk from the hotel into town; however, the hotel is really not far from town (by car), has some restaurants nearby, and one big advantage is that it has parking - for free. And the area was ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2019

First Inn Hotel Blois
Campanile Blois Nord
Campanile Blois Nord
3 out of 5
Rue de la Vallee Maillard, Blois, Loir-et-Cher
per night
Jan 13 - Jan 14

Situated in Blois, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Basilique Notre-Dame de la Trinité and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Chateau de Blois. St. Louis Cathedral and Maison ...

3.4/5Good! (248 reviews)
Okay for overnight one night stay

"Expected accommodation to be basic, nothing special for the price paid. Was a little disappointed that bedding provided for child was a flat sheet and heavy blanket, whereas double bed had a duvet quilt. Sink in bathroom didn't have a plug (not helpful when other half wanted to have a shave. Upside ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2019

Campanile Blois Nord

Popular things to do in Blois

Chateau de Blois
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Chateau de Blois

4.5/5(20 reviews)

Learn about the intriguing history of these majestic buildings with a tour of the impressive halls and chambers of varying designs.

Maison de la Magie
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Maison de la Magie

4/5(1 review)

You can spend time browsing the exhibits at Maison de la Magie during your travels in Blois. Stroll along the seaside or visit the monuments in this quaint area.

St. Louis Cathedral
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St. Louis Cathedral

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Enjoy a stop at St. Louis Cathedral, a landmark worth seeing in Blois. Stroll along the seaside or visit the monuments in this quaint area.

Château de Chambord
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Château de Chambord

5/5(69 reviews)

Marvel at the majestic design of this medieval castle, explore its grounds in a horse and carriage and venture into the woods.

Chateau de Chenonceau
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Chateau de Chenonceau

5/5(87 reviews)

The breathtaking beauty of this majestic château is complemented with a collection of fine artwork and beautiful gardens.

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4.5/5(25 reviews)

The resting place of Leonardo da Vinci is an imposing fortress filled with elegant chapels and an abundance of fascinating history.

Reviews of Blois


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Aug 4, 2019

Convenient location to visit Chambord Castle

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Mar 12, 2019

Loved everything about my visit to Blois