Attractions

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École Nationale d’Équitation

One of the world's premier equestrian academies, the prestigious French National Riding School is home to the Cadre Noir, an elite group of riding instructors that's also an equestrian display team. Superb tours tak…
Museum in Saumur

Musée des Blindés

Housed in a one-time cigarette factory, this non-profit museum displays more than 200 blindés (tanks) and other military vehicles – some in working order – from 17 countries. For anyone interested in military histor…
Chateau in Saumur

Château de Saumur

Soaring above the town’s rooftops, Saumur’s fairy-tale castle was largely built in the 13th century by Louis XI, and has served variously as a fortress for protection from the Normans, a Renaissance palace, a Protes…
Museum in Saumur

Musée du Champignon

Get acquainted with some fabulous fungi at this mushroom museum, where you can see about a dozen varieties growing in glowing shades of orange, yellow, tan, brown and white. The shop sells shiitake-flavoured beer. S…
Vineyard in Saumur

Langlois-Chateau

Founded in 1885, this winery specialises in Crémant de Loire (sparkling wine made using the Champagne-style méthode traditionelle) as well as non-bubbly reds, whites, rosés and dessert wines. Offers two-hour tours i…
Museum in Saumur

Musée de la Cavalerie

Action-packed oil paintings, colourful but impractical uniforms, plumed helmets and old photos trace the history of France's cavalerie (cavalry) from 1445 to the age of tanks. Signs with patriotic commentary are in …
Cave in Saumur

Pierre et Lumière

Tufa-stone sculptures of 20 of the Loire Valley's most famous monuments, from Tours' cathedral to the château at Amboise, are displayed in a former tufa quarry here. It's situated 5km northwest of Saumur, 300m past …
Church in Saumur

Église St-Pierre

Restored, cleaned and stabilised in 2016, this mostly 12th- and 13th-century church brings together Aquitaine-style Romanesque and Plantagenet (Anjou-style) Gothic inside, and has a classical-style façade (1674). Th…