Château de Saumur

Atlantic Loire Valley
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

A beautiful château dating from the 10th century but largely rebuilt in the 14th, the Château de Saumur has been a princely residence, army barracks and latterly a prison, until the end of the Napoleonic era, throughout its lifetime. Today, after some reconstruction work to bring it back to its former glory, the château contains several museums - the museum of the horse, which contains many outstanding exhibits about the history of equestrianism, and the museum of decorative arts - particularly ceramics and enamels. It even has a toy museum in its dungeons!

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.

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.

Tours in the Loire Valley is a modern city with a history dating back to the Romans that is famous for its architecture, wines and markets.

Nearby attractions

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