The obvious place to visit in Saumur is the château - and it amply repays a visit.

In particular, there are some good views of the river Loire and the town.  You will also be able to spend time viewing the museum collections in the château: one all about the world-famous Cadre Noire (a training school for the crack cavalry corps) and a fine collection of objets d'art relating to the history of the castle - including an extensive pottery collection.

If you time it right, you can take a tour of the castle in English.  You'll hear about how it began as an Abbey but Folques Nerra, Count of Anjou, wanted the site for a small fortress.  It became a significant military centre for another Count of Anjou, Henry II Plantagenet, King of England, who extended it.  It was later a key part of the protection of the Huguenots, the French Protestants, and also became a prison where English soldiers where kept during the American War of Independence.

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