Angers travel guide

Cities and towns

About Angers

Angers, in Atlantic Loire Valley, is an artistic city on the banks of the River Maine, that is steeped in medieval history and full of beautiful gardens and parks.

Set in the famous Loire Valley, home of fantastic French wines, Angers is a stunning mixture of magnificent architecture and lush open spaces. Château d'Angers, the unmissable castle at the heart of Angers containing the famous Apocalypse Tapestry, and the Cathédrale de St Maurice are just the largest examples of the incredible architecture on offer in Angers. The 14th century beauty of the half-timbered Maison d'Adam makes it one of Angers most recognisable landmarks and the house is now home to the Maison des Artisans d'Angers. Angers has many spectacular and wide-ranging museums from the Museum of Natural History to museums about slate, the history of communication, planes and gliders and bonnets and wigs.

The resident Angevins have earned their town several awards for their floral displays and parks and gardens. Take a wander through the majestic plants and trees of the Jardin du Mail and Jardin des Plantes with their statues and fountains making them a pleasant place to spend some time. Or, if you're looking to get more out and about in Angers, the city has lots of cycling and walking trails throughout the town and into the countryside of the Loire Valley - the pretty meadows of the Basses Vallées Angevins floodplains and the farmland of Ile St Aubin.

Nearby, you can explore more of the famous Loire Valley and its vineyards and visit the Château de Brissac. The towns of Saumur, Nantes and Aubigné-sur-Layon are all within around an hour's drive of Angers whilst the Jardin des Kangourous (kangaroo park) near Savennières is a perfect place to entertain the kids.

Don't forget to try the local delicacy of rillauds, small pieces of slow-roasted pork belly best enjoyed with a cool glass of Savennières, a local dry white wine. With markets in Angers every day except Mondays, there is always somewhere to shop, whether you're looking for fresh produce, flowers or local craftsmanship. The city also has many shops selling artworks, antiques and home decor alongside the chocolateries and sweet shops.

Why visit Angers?

  • Château d'Angers
  • The Loire Valley
  • The Museums
  • Cycling and Walks

Overview

  • Country: France
  • Region: Western Loire
  • Department: Maine-et-Loire
  • Population: 157,000
  • Coordinates: 47.480669,-0.563736

Coordinates shown are based on the WGS84 system, please check driving directions before departing.

Nearby attractions

One of the oldest medieval buildings in France, the Maison d'Adam (sometimes called the Tree of Life) is a half-timbered house in the heart of Angers that was the home of a very wealthy merchant.

This wonderful museum is housed inside the beautiful late 15th century Logis Barrault, the house of former mayor of Angers and King's Treasurer Olivier Barrault.

Renowned for its stained glass windows, dating from the 12th to the 16th centuries, and the diagonal ribs of its vaulting, Angers cathedral is an outstanding example of the Anjou Gothic style.

Built as a military fortress rather than a palatial home, this 13th century castle is an intimidating and austere sight when arriving in Angers. Home of the Dukes of Anjou, this massive fortress has seventeen towers and a...

Places to visit nearby

Saumur in Atlantic Loire Valley is easily recognised by its fairytale chateau and is famous for its association with horses - the area around the town is even known as the Kingdom of the Horse.

Laval in Western Loire is a pretty town on the Mayenne river where a charming château sits on a rocky outcrop, and some remarkably well-preserved Gallo-Roman baths can be found nearby.

Nantes, in Atlantic Loire Valley, is a beautiful city that was once the long-held historical capital of Brittany and is today a vibrant hub for the creative arts.