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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 #1 of 15 attractions in Angers
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, Castles, Gardens
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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,... more » 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 « less
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omaha
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

A wonderful Castle and a must see in Angers. Wonderful gardens, amazing views from the trail on the top of the castle wall. My advice is to get the audio guide to get more out of the visit. The tapestry museum is a great place to visit by itself. Really nice overall and relatively small so it should take too... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

You have to come at night when its floodlit and the grey schist walls look black and overpowering. There is a brooding presence about. Circum- ambulate the chateau following the broad ,deep,dry moat,punctuated by 17 circular towers,the base of which showcases the parterre gardens. Its hard to believe that the whole complex many times larger then any medieval cathedral,took only... More

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We had hot dry weather for visiting this castle fortress. The small museum is also very interesting and the views over the river, from the walls are really good. The garden also looks great from the walls and a small garden outside the walls.

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Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

Don't let the round fortress fool you. Inside is David D'Angers castle and museum. It's a beautiful place and doesn't take too long to walk through. Also, the tourism office is the same parking area sells great souvenirs (not cheap ones) for a good price.

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Brasilia, DF
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

A castle turned into a fortress built with two different kind of stones and colors makes Angers castle unique. Founded in the 9th century by the Counts of Anjou, was expanded to its current size in the 13th century by the queen Blanche of Castile, regent during the minority of his son, the king Louis IX of France. The castle... More

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Towcester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Staying with friends nearby and we had promised ourselves a visit to the Castle of Angers. Parked right outside and went in. First discovery, they have the 14th century "Apocalypse Tapestry". Makes the Bayeux look small. This is a fantastic place to visit. The walls give a fantastic view of Angers and the river, the buildings inside are interesting and... More

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Awesome, very interesting considering the age of the castle. Fabulous views from the upper areas of the castle of the city and surrounding countryside.

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Inverkip, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Built in 9th c. and enlarged in 13th c.it's an example of strong fortification. The colorful moat gardens brighten up the dark brown of the walls. The milltower overlooks River Maine but also the city itself. The inside gardens have impressive shapes. You may visit the beautiful châtelet, the chapel, the royal residence and above all, the Apocalypse Gallery, a... More

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This is a real medieval castle, well preserved with the extraordinary Apocalypse Tapestries. And the restaurant there is SUPERB. Definitely plan you visit to include lunch there at the castle.

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

I had a very pleasurable visit to the Castle of Angers. I had the audioguide and found that very useful. It takes you around in stages and there are buttons on the device to get extra information. The buildings are well presented and the Tapestry of the Apocalypse is very interesting and very awe inspiring. The views of the city... More

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