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Castle of Angers

Address: 2, promenade du Bout-du-Monde, 49100 Angers, France
Phone Number: 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, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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...
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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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Pontchateau, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The impressive look of the castle, with it's 17 towers , the oldest and largest collection of medieval tapestries in the world - the 14th century "Apocalypse Tapestry" , the marvelous "sight-seeing" on the top of the towers makes you feel there were not enough the 3 hours visit.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Large old castle with plenty of parking in the immediate area. You can walk along the parapets almost completely around this castle. The best part is the Apocalypse Tapestry woven in 1373 and the drawbridge to get inside. You can take photos of the tapestry, but no flash. There is a small garden area, and a few buildings you can... More 

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Hartsdale, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

First and foremost, rent the audio tour. This is a very long visit so be prepare. You will have an extensive visit of the castle. This is mostly an outdoor visit with the exception of the Apocalypse Tapestry. You will have fantastic views of the city of Angers.

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London, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

Very impressive castle. Fully restored to how it was in earlier centuries. There is certainly enough here to spend a couple of hours exploring the various rooms and ramparts.

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Paris, France
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Imagine an old castle with huge walls and nice towers right in the middle of a city, on the river bank. You can visit it, climb the towers, walk in the gardens, it is just great!

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Rocky Mount, NC
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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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10 attraction reviews
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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Wales, 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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