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Chateau de Saumur, Saumur

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Castle Historic Site
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.
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  • This great chateau was rebuild in XIV century. Very beautiful outside, not much left inside. Beautiful view on Loire river.  more »
  • This is a beautiful castle from a distance, but a visit to the site is a bit disappointing. The castle bears only a slight resemblance to what it looked like originally, most rooms are filled with per...  more »
  • There is not a lot to see inside the building as it was deserted for many years and now has a sparse collection of objects from other places plus some old and interesting tapestries but it is still wo...  more »
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  • Nice views from the town and area. But currently under renovation (July 2017)
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • The Loire and castles! It is under renovation and though lot of construction structures you can admire this nice castle. Like all these one in the Loire they have been through so many phases that better taking a guide tour.
  • Looks great from outside but we could not get in on that day...