The Loire Valley Sights

Château de Saumur

  • Esplanade du Château Map It
  • Saumur
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Published 10/16/2017

Fodor's Review

If you arrive in the evening, the sight of the floodlighted 14th-century Château de Saumur will take your breath away. Look familiar? You've probably seen the elegant white edifice in reproductions of the famous Très Riches Heures (Book of Hours) painted for the Duc de Berry in 1416. Inside it's bright and cheerful, with a gorgeous gateway and plentiful potted flowers. Owing to renovation of the castle walls, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Decorative Arts Museum) is now housed on the first floor, and exhibitions from the Musée du Cheval (Equestrian Museum) can be seen in the adjoining abbey; visitors can also access the gardens and panoramic terrace. In July and August, there are 30-minute medieval-style shows that include music, mime, and dance. From the cliffside promenade beyond the parking lot there's a thrilling vista of the castle on its bluff against the river backdrop.

Sight Information


Esplanade du Château, Saumur, Pays de la Loire, 49400, France

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Sight Details:

  • €7 in July and Aug., €6 Sept.–June
  • Closed Nov.–Mar., and Mon. Apr.–mid-June and mid-Sept.–Oct.

Published 10/16/2017


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