Fodor's Expert Review Château de Candé

Tours Castle/Palace Fodor's Choice

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 the late-Gothic style.

Castle/Palace Fodor's Choice

Quick Facts

10 km (6 miles) southwest of Tours
Monts, Centre-Val de Loire  37260, France


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: €7, Closed early Nov.–early Apr., and Mon. and Tues. Sept.–June

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