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Castle of Angers

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Address: 2, promenade du Bout-du-Monde, 49100 Angers, France
Phone Number: 02 41 86 48 77
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: The apparent austerity of this shale and limestone fortress, which the...
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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A wonderful way to spend a day.

A castle with 17 turrets, magnificent flowers and the worlds biggest tapestry! What could be better . I spent hours here..there is just so much to see, and like the rest of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

It's a fairly normal medieval castle with walls to walk on, various buildings to explore, and precious little else. The information leaflet we were given on entry didn't in truth help - there was no obvious route to follow, so we were reduced to wandering slightly aimlessly. This would have been fine if there were things to catch one's eye... More 

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Pevensey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

A castle with 17 turrets, magnificent flowers and the worlds biggest tapestry! What could be better . I spent hours here..there is just so much to see, and like the rest of Angers, this is so well kept. Obviously, the tapestry of the Apocalypse is supposed to be the main event here, and it is stunning. However, there is so... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Although not amongst the most famous Loire chateaux this was outstanding! The buildings was fascinating. A temporary exhibition on a local artist and his wartime (resistance, concentration camp and afterwards) was most unexpectedly rewarding. The Apocalypse tapestry is a must-see thing in France, let alone the town! No matter what your interest might be, hire an audio guide and enjoy... More 

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walsall
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

there is no charge for children. My son did an excellent kids trail which was available in English. The tapestries are impressive and there's lots of information in English.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

According to the guide the average tour is 1.5 hours. I think we stayed around 4 hours. I'm not a castle person really, but this was a great way to while away most of a hot sunny Angers day. Audio guides are good, the tapestry is "a must".

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We had not intended to visit Angers but decided to go last minute en route from Rouen to Saumur. So glad we did this is a fantsatic impressive royal castle. The parapet walk gives some excellent views and then what a surprise the vast Apocalypse tapestry. This is just mind blowing and I am surpised it is not more famous... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We didn't actually go into the chateau itself, just to see the Apocalypse Tapestries. They are fantastic and I can't understand why they're not as famous as the one in Bayeux! There are guided tours (in French), but you can get a brochure or buy a booklet which explains them all. Wonderful.

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Holland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The massive early medieval tapestries here in their specially built gallery are simply amazing and the exceptional audio guide is just right - enough to explain things you'd never figure out alone but snappy enough to move things along and never be boring. The chateau itself is enormous with massive walls and towers in a beautiful location above the river.... More 

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Oregon, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is an amazing castle fortress where you can walk throughout several buildings in the compound. We enjoyed the huge collection of tapestries and the art installation that was in an area used as a prison. Enjoy the moat which is now a formal gardens with intricate patterns created by the plantings from the outside as well as from the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Visited with 2 teenage daughters who really enjoyed being able to wander around the grounds of the castle and explore with reference to the guidebook. There is a lovely little coffee-shop/restaurant too. The greatest memory will however be the Apocalypse Tapestries - absolutely amazing given their age and history. The car park on Place de President Kennedy adjacent to the... More 

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