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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

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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An enormous attraction

The fortress itself is astounding but the attractions within are variable. The photographic exhibition in the royal residence was boring and unexpected. Otherwise it was an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jackie W
Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The fortress itself is astounding but the attractions within are variable. The photographic exhibition in the royal residence was boring and unexpected. Otherwise it was an interesting experience. You need to have a deep interest in the history and speak French to get the most out of the enormous tapestry of the apocalypse.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a guide explain the tapestry called the apocalypse. It's the story of Revelations, the last book in the Bible. Our guide was enthusiastic and fun to listen to. The castle is ancient and made of schist and welded tuff. Yes, it is definitely worth of a visit.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Apocalypse Tapestry alone make this a place to be visited. It is worth reading up on it or using the audio guide to understand the message of the various elements. The chapel, though small, is also worth visiting, as is the gatehouse which shows a genealogy of the kings of Anjou. The history of the castle is also very... More 

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Kenilworth, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

The castle is impressive, but largely a shell, so generally there's not much more to see inside than out. EXCEPT for the Apocalypse Tapestry, which is remarkable and worth the admission price by itself. We bought a 24 hour City Pass (EUR 14) from the tourist information office near the castle entrance, and used it first to take a 40... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

An amazing place to visit the castle walls still have German soldiers names carved in them from the 2nd world war

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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

A magnificent castle with moat and draw bridge in excellent condition; model reproductions on view within the castle show the modification and adaptations of the building through time to its present condition. Also within the castle is a a magnificent display of the Apocalypse Tapestries that were completed in the 1200's over the course of 7 years. They have been... More 

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The size of the castle grounds made it an interesting walk and the view from the walls and turrets of the river Maine below shows the strategic position the fortress commanded. The Apocalypse Tapestry is also included with the entrance fee and is very interesting - there's lots of it! The one gripe I had when we visited was the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

The castle towers & turrets are so spectacular that they have to have been featured in movies covering the Middle Ages, amazing. The walls & ramparts can be walked all the way around, giving a picturesque panorama of Angers. Multi levels to wak & explore. See the gardens & the Apocalypse tapestry. Quite interesting...

Thank David B L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Beautiful flowerbeds in the grounds and an opportunity inside a specifically designed media centre to view the Apocalypse Tapestry at our own pace. The walk around the castle walls offered great views of the surrounding areas and we relaxed in deck chairs to admire the gardens and reflect on our visit.

Thank CrispyDuck007
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

This is well worth visiting. Very interesting, lovely grounds ang great views of the city from the top.

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