A view of the path leading to the entrance gate of the Angers castle

Things to do in  Angers

Medieval magic in the Loire Valley

In the heart of the Loire Valley, an area known for its grand chateaus and wineries, the mid-sized city of Angers makes an excellent base for exploring the region. If you’re a fan of art and architecture, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Angers. Don’t miss the Château d'Angers, a massive medieval fortification that initially belonged to the Plantagenets, a royal house who ruled England from the 13th century until they were defeated in the War of the Roses. The castle houses the Apocalypse Tapestry, the most extensive set of medieval tapestries in existence.

Top 2 attractions in Angers

Jean Lurçat Contemporary Tapestry Museum (Musée Jean-Lurçat)

Jean Lurçat Contemporary Tapestry Museum (Musée Jean-Lurçat)

The Jean-Lurçat and Contemporary Tapestry Museum (Musée Jean-Lurçat) in Angers, France, is an explosion of color housed in a former hospital building dating to the 12th century. Inside the Gothic building complex lies a collection that includes paintings, ceramics, and—most notably—tapestries by Jean Lurçat, an artist often credited as instrumental in the revival of contemporary tapestry.More

Château d’Angers

The multiple drum towers that make up the imposing façade of this massive chateau were once a part of an impressive fortress inhabited by the Romans in the 9th century. After some additional construction, Château d’Angers was used as an armory in the First and Second World Wars. Today it’s been converted into an epic museum that houses the largest—and oldest—collection of medieval tapestries in the world.Visitors can venture past the castle’s three-meter-thick walls and explore the 17 towers that stretch high into the sky surrounding the city of Angers. Covering an area of more than 220,000 square feet, the castle grounds offer tourists plenty to discover outdoors before venturing inside to check out the museum’s galleries.More

All about Angers

When to visit

The weather in Angers is most pleasant from late spring until early fall, and you'll find the warmest temperatures and lowest chance of rainfall if you visit between May and September. However, note that many French people take multi-week vacations in August, and some shops and even restaurants shut for all or part of the month. Film fans may want to consider coming in January when the Angers European First Film Festival occurs.

Getting around

Angers has an excellent public transportation system, with an extensive network of trams and busses that connect different points in the city and provide service to surrounding suburbs. Most lines converge near the central Angers Saint-Laud railway station in the city center. Taxis and rideshare services are also widely available. If you’d like to explore the Angers by bicycle, there’s a free loaner bike service—VéloCité—with roughly 2,750 bikes across the city.

Traveler tips

If you're feeling hungry after visiting the Château d'Angers (Angers Castle), the nearby Crêperie du Château is a great place to refuel. This adorable spot is housed in a centuries-old structure with exposed wooden beams and mismatched tables, making it feel more like a family dining room than a restaurant. There’s also a small courtyard for alfresco dining on warmer days. The extensive menu features sweet crepes and savory galettes stuffed with everything from smoked haddock to leeks.


People Also Ask

Is Angers, France, worth visiting?

Yes, Angers France is worth visiting. It is an excellent base for exploring other parts of the Loire Valley, and the city is also home to a massive castle and plenty of museums. It’s also a fun place for people-watching, with a great dining scene partially fueled by its large student population.

What is Angers, France, famous for?

Angers is famous for two things: its locally produced orange liqueur, Cointreau, and its huge castle, the Château d'Angers, which houses the world’s largest medieval tapestry set: the Apocalypse Tapestry. Other well-known attractions include Terra Botanica, a theme park dedicated to plants, and the Gothic-style Plantagenet Cathédrale St. Maurice.

Is Angers a city or a town?

Angers is a city, not a town, though with a large student population and a small overall population (of just over 150,000 residents), it does have a bit of a town feel. The city isn’t very large, covering around 16.6 square miles (43 square kilometers).

How do you pronounce Angers, France?

To English speakers, the word “Angers” looks just like it has something to do with getting angry, but that’s not at all the case. If you haven’t mastered French nasal vowels, the word Angers can be difficult to pronoun; the closest equivalent in English is “on-zsay.”

Is Angers, France safe?

Yes, Angers is safe. The city has a low crime rate, especially compared to larger cities such as Paris and Marseille, and you’re unlikely to encounter any problems. Taking basic precautions to keep yourself and your belongings safe, just as you would anywhere else, is wise.

Can you drink tap water in Angers, France?

Yes, you can drink tap water in Angers. The water in the city is perfectly safe and clean and is free of added fluoride. However, many people in France prefer to drink mineral water, and French water brands such as Evian, Volvic, and Vittel are widely available at local shops.

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