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Castle of Angers

2, promenade du Bout-du-Monde, 49100 Angers, France
02 41 86 48 77
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in Angers
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Gardens, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The apparent austerity of this shale and limestone fortress, which the young king Louis IX had built on the edge of his kingdom in the 13th century, contrasts with the tranquil grounds inside the castle walls and the pleasant residence of the Dukes of Anjou, composed of buildings constructed at the end of the Gothic era. To transform and embellish the castle into a more welcoming home for the Anjou court, terraces and gardens were laid out, galleries built and the gateway erected. The star attraction within the walls of the Château d’Angers is the Tapestry of the Apocalypse or woven in 1375. With its 104 metres in length, it is the largest medieval tapestry anywhere in the world. Open:> 2nd May to 4th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.> 5th September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 6,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

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Rocky Mount, NC
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76 reviews 76 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

A massive medieval castle, particularly impressive from the outside with its high walls and 16 towers. The story behind it – involving Blanche of Castille as regent for Louis IX – is unfortunately more interesting than the grounds and buildings inside the walls, although the gardens are attractive and there is an informative audio guide. The walk along the ramparts... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I'd wanted to see the tapestries for years and wasn't disappointed. 100-odd tapestries beautifully displayed and explained, extraordinary depiction of one of the iconic elements in medieval culture complete with the W**** of Babylon (who didn't seem to be having an especially good time), a self-satisfied Beast of the Sea preening in front of admirers, and all set in an... More

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Tenby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The tapestry is amazing. You definitely have to walk on the ramparts and enjoy the view. And they do even have a garden here. Great day out.

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I lived in Angers for some months and I must say that it's a really nice castle, I enjoyed every bit of it and the most interesting part must be the Apocalypse Tapestry and the history behind it.

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Port Orchard, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The Castle is fun to explore. The Tapestry is absolutely amazing. Suggest you watch the video before you see the tapestry; you'll understand it's meaning better since the self-guided tour is in French.

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

If you don't have a lot of time to spend exploring the castle, then head straight to the Tapestry. The Tapestry is amazing and truly worth the visit. The Castle is much better than some of the others we visited. Once again, not much on the interior but you can get some great views of the city by walking around... More

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Croston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The Doomsday Tapestry is awe inspiring. Take the audio tour and take your time to view the intricate work.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We spent over 3 hours walking through this castle. We rented a audio tour which was a great way to learn more about the grounds and especially the tapestry where it can explain each scene if you have lots of extra time. The tapestry is very long! There is a cafe inside where you can get lunch or coffee. If... More

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

So when the published closing time is X:30, what really happens is by X:15 they usher you out of the castle and out of the Tapestry viewing area. The last entrance is 45 minutes prior to closing, but it's really not enough time to see much of the castle beyond the Tapestry. The tapestry itself is amazing and the longest... More

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Izegem, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 via mobile

Marvellous piece of architecture from the 13th century, impressive from the outside. Once inside the castle, different buildings and gardens to explore. The walk on the ramparts, from tower to tower, provide you a view of the city Angers. An eye catcher is the "hanging garden" within the castle. On the ramparts you get a full picture of the different... More

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