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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: Historic Sites, Castles, Gardens
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,... 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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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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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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This is quite simply the best Castle in an area that specialises in Castles. Hugely impressive outside and a revelation inside. The audio guide is most informative and easy to use. The 100 yards of Apocalypse tapestries are amazing; if a tad boring but you don’t have to stay long ! This is still a five star castle- OK six... More

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Burnley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Been twice to Anger, a few yrs ago ( NOT THIS YEAR)on a wine buying travelling trip, and in the early eighties when I briefly coached Squash at their local club. Love Anger and France in general. Anger has a nice feel to it, plenty of shops and eating places, nice town with lots to see. Well worth a few... More

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Devon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

Fascinating and extensive site - do get the audio guide - the tapestry which is huge is fantastic and the audio guide gives a first class explanation. It's interesting to see that the English are on the side of the Devil - no change there then! This is a must visit site.

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Simi Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Beautiful Castle. A moat surrounds it with turtles, and ducks in it! Lovely gardens and twig structures for children to enjoy. Clean and well preserved.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Dating from 12th and 13th century this castle is so well preserved it is unbelievable. It has a UK connection as part of the Plantagenet dynasty link built before their reign in this part of France but used by them and used by the Dukes of Anjou etc, A medieval fortress with spectacular views over the city and the river... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

Whilst the castle itself was stunning and well worth the visit (especially to see the magnificent tapestry which truly is breathtaking), we did have a few gripes. Number 1 being the modern sculptures that were placed in and around the castle; a bathtub randomly dumped by the cafe, gold leaf scaffolding taking up almost the entire space of the lovely... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The castle holds a very impressive tapestry more than 120 meters long. A fascinating story about st. Johns Apocalypse. A biblestory in pictures. Besides that is the castle also great but most from the outside. If you dont suffer from fear of altitudes you can look down on the city.

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