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“great views over the city and the magnificent set of tapestries”
Review of Castle of Angers

Castle of Angers
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Ranked #5 of 61 things to do in Angers
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The apparent austerity of this shale and limestone fortress, which the young king Louis IX had built on the edge of his kingdom in the 13th century, contrasts with the tranquil grounds inside the castle walls and the pleasant residence of the Dukes of Anjou, composed of buildings constructed at the end of the Gothic era. To transform and embellish the castle into a more welcoming home for the Anjou court, terraces and gardens were laid out, galleries built and the gateway erected. The star attraction within the walls of the Château d’Angers is the Tapestry of the Apocalypse or woven in 1375. With its 104 metres in length, it is the largest medieval tapestry anywhere in the world. Open:> 2nd May to 4th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.> 5th September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December.
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Viewing the tapestries is not to be missed, but do get the excellent audio guide.

We primarily visited the castle to see the Apocalypse Tapestry, which is stunning and rather larger that I had imagined. It is also in extremely good condition. Guided tours are available, but we chose the audio guide, which described each tapestry panel in turn, so the viewing took over an hour. Without the audio guide, I would have been unable to follow the story and would have missed so much detail

We did not explore the rest of the castle too much because we ran out of time viewing the tapestry, but it does look quite interesting

This was a highlight of our visit to the Loire

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

Nice grounds and views. Tapestries are fascinating. Well worth a visit. Some very interesting buildings.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

A wonderful building – we spent several hours looking around. The huge 14thC tapestry was stunning and there are great views of the Maine and town from the castle walls
It's worth paying for the audio guide, and also buying a 24 hour
City Pass from the tourist office opposite the castle. For €15 you get free entry to most of the tourist sites plus a 4-ride bus ticket

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

In the tenth century the counts of Anjou erect a palace inside the gallo roman town enclosure of Angers.

From 1230 onward king Louis IX builds a massive fortress boasting seventeen towers and two gates around the aforementioned palace, incorporating part of the town walls.

In 1356 king John II grants Anjou as apanage to his second son Louis. Created duke, the latter and his descendants refurbish the great hall, rebuild the residential wing of the palace and ad a ceremonial wing and service buildings.

Of particular mention are Louis II (built the chapel prior to 1410) and René I (built the royal residence between 1435-1440 and the chatelet in 1450).

At the end of the sixteenth century the fortress is adapted to modern warfare. The towers are cropped, the walls are thickened and artillery platforms are installed. Henceforth the site will serve as a military camp and a prison.


Visitors can discover the stronghold of Angers with the help of a guidebook or an audio guide. They can also participate in a guided tour, lasting about one hour. I recommend checking the time table in advance on the castle website.

Only a single wall of the tenth century palace still stands. Less than one quarter of the buildings erected by the dukes of Anjou have survived to this day. Just to say that some imagination will be required to visualize the fortress in its heyday.

The remaining structures are unfurnished and are mostly used as exhibition rooms, displaying excellent scale models of the castle in its various phases of construction.

A purpose built gallery houses the famous tapestry of the Apocalypse, manufactured for duke Louis I between 1373 and 1382.

The walls of the stronghold can be scaled, offering fine views of the city and the flower beds in the dry ditch. The interior gardens offer a haven of peace and are well worth lingering.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

A detour to the Castle of Angers is worth whatever it takes to get there. The castle itself, with its unique stone "striping" is impressive and decidedly medieval, but the real gem is the tapestry of the Apocalypse, housed within its walls. Words really cannot describe the beauty of a work of art miraculously rescued (for the most part) from having been cut into separate panels. Longer than a football field, it is a majestic work of art.

Date of experience: May 2017
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