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“Breathtaking Views!”
Review of Chateau de Saumur

Chateau de Saumur
Ranked #5 of 34 things to do in Saumur
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Owner description: A picturesque country villa made famous in the illustrations of Duc de Berry's Book of Hours.
St. Catharines, Canada
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84 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Breathtaking Views!”
Reviewed July 11, 2014

The day we were viewing the Castle it rained, but it was still totally worth while. It is still being restored and the Chateau is beautiful and overlooking the Loire river and valley. It usually has a Medieval show, but it was cancelled the day we were there because of the heavy rain. Worth touring!

Visited June 2014
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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“Different to most other Loire Châteaux”
Reviewed July 8, 2014

We visited three Châteaux last weekend, all of which were different. Saumur is not what comes into your mind when you think of Loire Châteaux as although it has had large pointed turrets and been a posh persons home at some stages of its past it was built as a fortress and has been used as such, and a prison, and therefore is more solid and functional. This makes it a fascinating place to visit, especially with its considerable protestant background as that is unusual for France. The tour was good and can be taken in English if you don't speak French but unfortunately it is being renovated so only one of the two floors is open to the public this year. They have moved the exhibits from the second floor to a hall at the back of the restaurant so you don't miss out on the history of horse training but there is less building to see,

Visited June 2014
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Savannah, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Under construction”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

I was a bit disappointed in the actual chateau. Much construction happening, and certainly not much to see right now. Perhaps more interesting if attended as part of one of the many events they offer.

Visited June 2014
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Somerset, United Kingdom
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“Outstanding views”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

A lovely place to visit and walk around the grounds which give glorious views of the Loire and surrounding area.

Visited June 2014
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Inverkip, United Kingdom
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“Municipal Museum rather than a Palace”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

Built on a hill, it dominates the town of Saumur. The construction started in 10th c. but the Dukes of Anjou finished it in14th and 15th c. It is the last palace of the Valois Dynasty. Home of town governors, then jail, arms and amunitions depot and finally one of France's Museums, bought by the Municipality in 1906. Its location gives the chance for a superb view towards the Loire River and Saumur itself. But the interior lacks the glamour of other Loire castles. It contains typical items of a Museum: Tapestries, statues, china from different areas, religious relics, pieces of furniture, paintings, etc. There is an underground room and a well in the courtyard that gave the Castle the water it needed. And a green theatre too. The Castle is far away from the train station (more than 45' walking) and to reach it from the beautiful old town of Saumur, you must go quite uphill to find one of the Castle's entrances. The direction signs aren't helping at all and the Tourist Information Office is away from the town centre.The coffee shop next to the theatre compensated us with strong coffee and delicious sweets.

Visited October 2013
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