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Located between Orlans and Tours, Blois is a city on the banks of the River Loire, in the lovely Loire Valley in France. The most suitable option to access Blois from the UK is by catching the Eurostar from London's Waterloo Station to Paris and then a connecting SNCF train from the Austerlitz Rail Station to Blois. The journey from Paris takes around two hours.
Blois Rail Station is located near to the center and there are some amenities including ATMs, refreshment stands and a newsagents for travellers. The station also supplies car hire facilities, and vehicles can be conveniently booked online in advance.
The city's major attraction is the world renowned Chteau de Blois, a Renaissance castle once occupied by King Louis XII. It comprises several buildings constructed between the 13th and 17th centuries and its most impressive piece of architecture is the remarkable spiral stairway.
A further highlight outside the city is an imposing 18th century stone bridge that spans the Loire. Blois is set on two precipitous hills. Steep and winding alleys run through the city, sometimes ending in long staircases. The Fort de Russy to the south of Blois is the remainder of the dense woods that previously covered the region.
Independent visitors are advised to arrange Blois car hire before travelling, to make their visit as convenient and cost-effective as possible when visiting both the city's sites and its beautiful surroundings. Online booking is easy, allowing you to take advantage of the best deals on the market.