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Like most châteaux, the Chateau de Saumur has exchanged hands many times in its long life, but fortunately its last stop is a museum. This mammoth of an estate is exactly what your imagination would conjure in your dreams of chateaux: the triumphant spires slicing the sky like victorious swords, the white limestone (tuffeau) sitting one on top of the other, refusing to give way no matter how many hundreds of years pass.
Once you’re up the stairs and through the door of the chateau, you’ll gain access to three different museums: the Museum of Decorative Arts, the Museum of the Horse, and the Museum of Toy Figurines. These oddities are just icing on the cake, because the real pleasure is the stroll through royal grounds and the view of the château itself from a distance: it is a living fairytale. Chateau de Saumur is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , international travel planner Edition.
Chateau de Saumur reviews
Pretty chateau overlooking the Loire and Saumur. Not as impressive as some of the others in the are but an interesting collection of china and tapestries. On foot, it’s a climb to the top! The views..... more
Pretty chateau overlooking the Loire and Saumur. Not as impressive as some of the others in the are but an interesting collection of china and tapestries. On foot, it’s a climb to the top! The views..... more »
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..... more
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..... more »
This nice castle highlights wonderful collections of dishes from various origins, tapestries, horse riding accessories etc.
This nice castle highlights wonderful collections of dishes from various origins, tapestries, horse riding accessories etc. more »
Whilst we didn't actually enter the Chateaux itself as we had come to visit Saumur and the surrounding area. There is absolutely no doubt it creates a stunning backdrop to the town itself and the architecture of the building is simply breath-taking. The town is certainly worth a visit but park across the river as its free and ample parking and enjoy the short walk across the bridge. Lots of little streets to explore with lovely gift shops, taverns and restaurants. I would if you have more time definitely make a visit to the Chateaux but having already visited several others this was a short visit.
Beautiful chateau with stunning views of Saumur. The 8 euro entrance fee per person is good value and allows you to look round several floors of the chateau and the many exhibits.
Excellent support staff. Limited internal decorations; however a very helpful guide provided a detailed explanation of each room bringing the history alive. An outstanding collection of porcelain. Great views of the city and the cafe is worth a visit to recharge.
Beautiful vistas over the town from the Château. We went mid week in low season February-no crowds, no waiting
Magnificent splendour! Just enormous and so beautiful. SAUMUR is a stunning town with this incredible sight.
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