Chateau de Saumur

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Chateau de Saumur
3.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • Castles
Monday
3:00 AM - 3:15 AM
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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jjpb692018
Taunton, UK67 contributions
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, France732 contributions
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, Australia11,550 contributions
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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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia11,396 contributions
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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Aqua_Uomo
Toronto, Canada6,367 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
But that is it. I guess it is only representing a symbol of the city but no other reason to be called a major attraction. Nothing interesting inside either, it has some history, it went from being a fortress to a castle, then an ammunition depot then a museum... The place is under renovations and even if is not there is not much there to see. It is not a real “chateau” with beautiful gardens. The grounds are open at all times, locals walk their dogs there in the morning (not picking up after them) and local kids hang around after hours. Again, if this is why you are planning to go all the way to Saumur….think twice. There are so many better places than this! April 19.
Written April 29, 2019
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Colleen
4 contributions
Jan 2021
It looked impressive from outside. Our expectations were dashed inside as the place has disappointing exhibits. The same view of valley and river could be relished from other high points which are free to enter.
Written February 5, 2021
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Bonjour Nous sommes désolés que vous ayez été déçu par votre visite du château. Le château est un palais princier transformé en musée. Du fait de son histoire, et notamment parce qu’il a été utilisé comme lieu de casernement et de prison, le château a subi bien des transformations et perdu son mobilier. Cependant, de multiples retours nous indiquent que les collections arts décoratifs avec notamment des faïences, des tapisseries du XV° et XVII° siècle et une présentation cheval sont appréciées. Nous vous remercions d'avoir laissé un avis suite à votre découverte du château de Saumur. A bientôt au Château de Saumur.
Written March 3, 2021
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Zoe_JL
Windsor, UK314 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
We came here after it was closed so didn’t actually go inside but the views you get of the town from here are incredible. You can see all the details of the old town and the bridges over the river Loire. Lovely spot for some quiet time too.
Written September 6, 2019
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Stephen T
11 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Paid 7euro to do tour on blistering hot day. Not very interesting-poorly organised with minimal information in English. But is a fantastic looking chateau from the outside.
Written July 25, 2019
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lindadownunder
Perth, Australia2,858 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
We went to the chateau for the blessing of the grape and enjoyed the whole experience.
We joined in the many events from the brass band, marching speeches and the pressing of the grapes where we sampled the grape juice.
Entry on this day was free and ther was lots of food and wine to buy from the many stalls.
The views of Saumur, the river and surrounding area from the chateau are amazing.
A must do when in Saumur.
Written April 12, 2017
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kypho
Waterford, Ireland89 contributions
Oct 2019
If porcelain floats your boat, then this is the place for you. The stuff is wall to wall. There are some Louis XIV chairs too and some quite nice furniture knocking about. The place is massive and the rooms give you a sense of grandeur. The views from the donjon are spectacular over Saumur so its well worth a visit for that alone. We had a nice glass of vino afterwards in the cafe opposite to chat about porcelain.
Written October 13, 2019
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  • Mon - Mon 3:00 AM - 3:15 AM