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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 castle with history and fabulous tapesteries

The exterior of the castle is impressive but the interior is no less so. Ok, you need to appreciate that this building has been standing here since the 14th century and has gone... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The exterior of the castle is impressive but the interior is no less so. Ok, you need to appreciate that this building has been standing here since the 14th century and has gone through many wars. So don't expect any lavish interior furnishing. Leaflets in various languages are available. We didn't bother with the audio guides. The grounds are well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The outer walls of the fortress and 17 towers were built between 1230-1238 by the Duke of Anjou. The enclosure is < 500m long, the towers are 35m high and the buildings and gardens cover > 20.000m2 to give an impression of the size. The royal residence was built by King Rene in1440 and the single nave chapel in1410 by... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

You have to see this amazing ancient castle which is located right in the centre of town. Part or the original moat has been converted into a beautiful floral garden.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The castle of Angers is much more austere looking than most of the other Loire valley castles. In itself the castle is interesting, but what makes this place a must-see is the Tapestry of the Apocalypse. I knew of the tapestry (really 71 individual tapestries) beforehand, but I was overwhelmed by seeing it in real life. It wholly changed my... More 

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Spent 2 memorable hours in the chateau. The tapestries were the best I have ever seen. The art exibtion was very interesting. The only disappointment was the modern art in the chapel. A senseless of gold painted scafolding

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Very beautiful and nice in the evening a must see do yourself a favor and visit the castle in the day and also the evening

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This castle is absolutely gorgeous. The gardens are spectacular and they are really well maintained. The tapestry was also interesting but it could do with a bit more of an explanation!

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Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We only intended (or thought) that we would need a half day here but oh no - we ended up spending nearly all day here as there is just so much to see. First - walk all along the walls for some great views of Angers and the surrounding area - great for photos ! Then the gardens - beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Go for the tapestry and stay to walk along the top of the wall. It'so a wonderfully inexpensive treat for mind and senses ( smell the garden ).

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Kintbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The castle is very well maintained, easy to get around and full of history, as you would expect, including the Apocalypse Tapestry, one of the oldest tapestries in France. Its walls are intact so you can walk completely around them and look down on some of the first 'roof' gardens which include as well as vegetables their own vines. Superb... More 

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Address: 2, promenade du Bout-du-Monde, 49100 Angers, France
Phone Number: 02 41 86 48 77
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Pays de la Loire  >  Maine et Loire  >  Angers

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