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Saumur is a peaceful, pretty town renowned for its Chateau which rises high above the town, fine sparkling wines and the elite equestrian school.  Guided tours of the school and its vast indoor riding arena are available and you'll also be able to observe the elite Cadre Noir riders in training.

Samur is a great base for discovering some of the spectacular countryside which stretches along the Loire Valley from Angers to Saumur.  Rows upon rows of vines and sunflowers meet the eye with cattle grazing lazily in wooded pastures.  This is the place to investigate some of the best troglodyte settlements in France.  The caves which have been cut out of the limestone cliffs are now mainly used for wine growing and mushroom storage although some hotels and restaurants still exist.

What to See - Saumur Attractions

Château de Brissac
15km S of Angers, Brissac-Quince
flamboyant and ornate this château was home to the Dukes of Brissac more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Oct | Tel: +33 (0)2 41 91 22 21

Abbaye de Fontevraud
4 km south of Montsoreau,
12th century Romanesque abbey which then became one of France's most feared prisons
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)2 41 51 71 41

Château du Plessis-Bourre
20km N of Angers, Ecuille
a medieval fortress with moat and drawbridge
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jul-Aug:daily; Apr-Jun & Sep-Nov: Wed-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)2 41 32 06 72

Helice Terrestre de L'Orbiere
St-George des Sept Voies, 23km W of Saumur
a huge piece of art sculpted underground in the Troglodyte Valley
| Admission charge | Opening Times: May-Sep:daily, Oct-Apr:pms only | Tel: +33 (0)2 41 57 95 92

Château de Serrant
15km W of Angers, St-Georges-sur-Loire
a Renaissance château with well-preserved interior and a library containing over 12,000 books more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-mid Nov | Tel: +33 (0)2 41 39 13 01

Gallo-Roman amphitheatre
Gennes, 8km SE of Saumur,
re-enactments of ancient bloody Roman battles staged here
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)2 41 51 55 04

Château de Montreuil-Bellay
an impressive fortress with 13 interlocking towers in this elegant town S of Saumur more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Oct: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)2 41 52 33 06

Musee du Champignon
St-Hilaire-St-Florent, 49418
a tour of a farm producing the area's famous button mushrooms
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep | Tel: +33 (0)2 41 50 31 55

Ecole Nationale d'Equitation
St-Hilaire-St-Florent, 49418
book to see a performance of the Cadre Noir riding formation. Guided tours also available.
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep:daily; Oct-Mar:Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)2 41 40 24 40

Château de Saumur
Saumur 49418
Fantastic medieval castle. more information
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep:Tue-Sun; 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:30 | Tel: +33 (0)2 41 40 24 40