The Loire Valley Sights

Château de Candé

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 06/25/2015

Fodor's Review

When King Edward VIII of England abdicated his throne in 1937 to marry the American divorcée Wallace Simpson, the couple chose to escape the international limelight and exchange their wedding vows at this elegant 16th-century château. Although it’s decorated with period furnishings and features Art Deco bathrooms, all eyes are drawn to the mementos from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor's stay (including the famous Cecil Beaton photographs taken on their big day). Fashionistas will also appreciate the haute-couture wardrobe compiled by the stylish lady of the house, Fern Bedaux. Befitting the owners' flawless taste (if questionable politics, as the Bedauxs were known fascist sympathizers), the château is a particularly pretty example of late Gothic style.

Sight Information


10 km (6 miles) southwest of Tours, Tours, 37260, France



Sight Details:

  • €6.50
  • Mid-Apr.–June and Sept., Wed.–Sun. 10:30–12:30 and 1:30–6 (gardens until 7); July and Aug., daily 10:30–7 (gardens until 9); Oct.–mid-Nov., Wed.–Sun. 1–5 (château and gardens)

Published 06/25/2015


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