Chateau de Saumur, Saumur

3.2
#3 of 23 in Things to do in Saumur
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. Plan to visit Chateau de Saumur during your Saumur vacation using our convenient Saumur tour planner.
Create an itinerary including Chateau de Saumur
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
964 reviews
Google
3.9
TripAdvisor
  • August 17, 2017
    Visit if you go to saumur. This castle is beautiful, and it's even better with a guide. Enjoy your visit at all
    View original
  • August 17, 2017
    visit attractive, beautiful château(spectacle,oeuvre d'art...) beautiful castle, free for children under 10 years old 7 euros for adults priced content this morning
    View original
  • August 16, 2017
    Beautiful castle which dominates Saumur. Damage to external scaffolds that kinda ruin this beautiful monument. We did not visit the inside of the Castle.
    View original
Google
  • September 7, 2017
    Lovely chateau, being skilfully restored. Not a huge amount of rooms open, but fabulous views over Saumur and knowledgeable guides with good English.
  • July 8, 2017
    Nice views from the town and area. But currently under renovation (July 2017)
  • July 29, 2017
    Nice castle with a stunning look of the surrounding.
  • October 31, 2016
    Great views looking out over the city. While I was there in Sept '16 the place was under major renovation. Not a lot to see inside it. Probably a lot of the rooms closed off due to the renovation. Would go back when all renovation is complete.
  • August 25, 2016
    Stunning exterior to this château. It is very fairy-tale in its appearance. Perched on the hill as it is provides commanding views over the town of Saumur and the river Loire. The interior houses some fine tapestries and dinnerware, but not much else. It doesn't take more than about 30 minutes to comprehensively 'do' the inside, so a little disappointing. However, it's not expensive (6€ for adults and the kids went free), so pretty good value. If you want to buy your child a sword and shield, don't make my mistake of buying in the gift shop - go down into the town where they're literally half the price!

Plan your trip to Saumur

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Saumur

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Saumur by other users

3 days in Saumur BY A USER FROM FRANCE November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 36 days in Europe BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in France BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 24 days in France BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Maine et Loire BY A USER FROM BELGIUM October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Saumur BY A USER FROM FRANCE August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in France BY A USER FROM EGYPT August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 12 days in France BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Pays de la Loire BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Saumur BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in France, Amsterdam & Brussels BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, relaxing, museums, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 3 days in Saumur BY A USER FROM SPAIN July, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: July, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans