Château de Saumur
Château de Saumur
3.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesCastles
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
About
A symbol of the town of Saumur, the château is an old fortress that was converted into a palace by the Dukes of Anjou (14th and 15th centuries), including King René. It then became the residence of the town’s governors, a prison, then a depot for arms and munitions. In 1906, the town bought the château from the State to house its municipal museum, which has since earned the Musée de France label. A rich collection of decorative arts currently occupies the first floor of the north and east wings. Part of the horse collection, featuring objects from Antiquity to the early 20th century, is on display in the old abbey church. The château gardens offer exceptional panoramic views of the Loire and the town. In the summer, there are activities for all the family. Forbidden to pets.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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jjpb692018
Taunton, UK81 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Impressive Chateau from the outside, and that is the best part. If you want to pay to go inside then it is ok, but you only see a tiny part and there is not much to see in terms of original Chateau items, most of the things in there are just to fill some space, personally I would take the outside views for free. The photo exhibit seemed completely out of place and the content had no relevance, that part was awful and the photo's were poor.
Written September 17, 2020
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bebsaurus_13
Paris, France819 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The castle looms impressively in the city of Saumur, and offers a wonderful panorama over the city, the valley and the river. It it of both historical and architectural significance, and clearly, is very special to a number of locals who fought for the castle's renovation and restoration over time.

Nonetheless, it's a bit boring. The rooms have not been restored to reflect their past use, but transformed into a local museum, which is admirable, however it seems that the local collections aren't very impressive. While we were there, there was a temporary exhibition on representations of war, which was uninteresting and unnecessary - when war photography is such a powerful medium, why fill a whole room with staged photos? But the pottery exhibition was nice.

Entry also includes access to the horse museum, I think you need to be into horses and horse riding to appreciate it.

The ticket only costs 7EUR, but I really don't think I got 7 EUR worth of experience from the visit.
Written October 3, 2020
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Albywon
Sydney, Australia13,650 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Château near the banks of the Loire perched above the town of Saumur. Entry is 7€ to enter however you can walk the entire perimeter without charge.
The exterior is stunning, the views over the Loire valley are fantastic.
Well worth the walk up from the town.
Written July 28, 2020
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Matt G
Blunsdon, UK130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
We visited and stayed just outside Saumur, and the Château was on our list of things to do. I would definitely recommend a drive up as the walk would be challenging for most! The grounds are free to peruse, which we did then bought tickets for the castle at €8 each. They offer free guided tours in French & English we opted for self exploration. If you French is not very good then I would recommend the tour as the majority of information is in French with only some in English. Well worth the visit.
Written September 28, 2022
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NIKUL P
London, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We took a day trip here whilst on a weekend away to Nantes and honestly it was magnificent. Took the train here (around an hour from Nantes train station) and first went to the Tourist Information Point (because that should be the first call of point in a new city) where we got a free walking map which has 3 routes to follow (Military district, Architecture and then the route leading up to the Chateau). The map was very easy to follow and pointed out things you should be keeping an eye out for. Having saved the Chateau until the end, it was well worth it and walking up the hill as you get closer and the castle comes into view was a sight to behold. The ground around it are free to explore but it's also well worth the entrance fee to go inside.
Written July 19, 2023
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC1,191 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Situated in Saumur next to the Loire river, this chateau has commanding views of the surrounding area. Great photos to had here and it a perfect spot to stretch your eyes. Parking is free and you can walk the outer grounds free of charge. There's a ticket office with a nice bookstore, then you can ascend the steps with tickets in hand. Several floors to see, and be mindful as there are a number of steps, so best not to bring a stroller or knee problems inside the chateau. Interesting exhibits speaking to the history of the chateau, with most in French with some translations. There were staff on hand to provide additional information and you can arrange a tour in advance. The foundations date from the 10th century with the current structure seeing changes, updates, and the wear of time since the 12th century. Saumur is a great spot on the Loire and this chateau has some of the views of the surrounding area to be had.
Written June 11, 2023
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Dilbertfan
Surrey, UK455 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Saumur is a pleasant town of manageable size (ie: not choked with traffic and littered with too many one-way streets), on the banks of La Loire (the longest river in France, and very wide at this point). The chateau is the highest point of the town and gives commanding views over both town and river. A tour of the chateau is virtually a ‘must’ and is quite rewarding. It contains a fine display of ceramics, of furniture, of paintings, and even a ‘museum of the horse’ - let alone the architecture of the building. Worth seeing.
Written May 3, 2022
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deborah b
Hoboken, NJ20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Wow another amazing castle in the valley surrounded by amazing things. Choose this one as a highlight and make it a priority. It is well organized and will engage friends and family of varying ages.
Written May 23, 2023
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Sergiy M
Dublin, Ireland1,811 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Absolutely great mediaeval Castle on the high bank on Loire River. Very good exhibition inside the castle about the life at that time, friendly staff and great view. Really worth to be visited.
Written April 9, 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Due to average reviews here and on Google, this Chateau wasn't on our list to visit. However, driving along the Loire we stopped shortly at this beautiful small town.
Views of the castle and town from the other bank are marvelous, so I suggest stopping here for few photos at least.
Written December 27, 2021
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