Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK

Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK by air, sea and land is easy as the region is served by 3 airports, ferry links and railway and road networks

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Loire Valley architectural styles - French Renaissance

A brief overview of the evolution of the Loire Valley architectural styles, which produced so many exceptional castles and religious buildings

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Apocalypse Tapestry in its special room

Apocalypse Tapestry in Angers, the largest and oldest tapestry made in Paris rediscovered by Jean Lurcat the artist who revived the art of weaving in France

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Aerial view of Saumur

The medieval city of Saumur in the Loire Valley, home to the Cavalry – National Riding School and the prestigious Cadre Noir since the late 18th century

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Chateau de Saumur

Chateau de Saumur, the castle of King René, the last Duke of Anjou, a fortified palace that commands the river Loire and the medieval city of Saumur

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Chateau de Montsoreau

Chateau de Montsoreau, the setting of Alexandre Dumas’ novel La Dame de Montsoreau, and a permanent exhibition site on the Loire Valley and river navigation

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The Chateau de Brissac in Brissac-Quincé, one of the tallest castles in France known as the Giant of the Loire Valley, and in the same family since 1502

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Chateau de Montreuil Bellay in the Loire Valley

Chateau de Montreuil Bellay, a medieval castle and a French Renaissance château that overlooks its village and last of the thirty-two walled cities of Anjou

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Recumbent statues of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II of England in Fontevraud Abbey

Fontevraud Abbey has the recumbent statues of Henry II of England and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and the only preserved Romanesque kitchens in France

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The River Loire and Valley near Saumur

La Grande Levée d’Anjou restrains the River Loire, the longest French river and last untamed river of Europe, from flooding its rich alluvial valley

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St Maur de Glanfeuil Abbey

St. Maur, a disciple of St-Benedict of Nursia, founded St Maur de Glanfeuil Abbey in the 6th century in the Loire Valley, on the site of a Roman temple

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