fun things to do with kids in saumur france   Travel for Kids
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Saumur

  Saumur Castle – You might recognize the Chateau de Saumur from the pictures in the Duc de Berry's Book of Hours. This is the chateau in the background, with scenes of peasants sowing the fields, harvesting wheat, gathering grapes, and the nobles picking flowers and hunting. The Chateau de Saumur sports a dungeon and watchtower, and houses the Musee de la Figurine-Jouet, a collection of very old toys and figurines of soldiers, kings of France, clowns.
    Horse fans – Horses are a big deal in Saumur. At the edge of town is the National Horse Riding School (l'Ecole Nationale d'Equitation) where you can take a tour of the school and stables. Calvary performances by the famous "Cadre Noir" are exciting.
      The Musee du Cheval in the Chateau has exhibits of antique equestrian gear.
      For fun, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage along the river.
    Military museums – Saumur has old ties to the military, going back to the 18th century, when the calvary school was founded. The Musee des Blindes is dedicated to the history of tank warfare. Stop in to the Musee de la Cavalerie to see cavalry battle scenes and old uniforms.
    Mask Museum – The city is also famous for its factory where carnivals masks are made. If anyone in your family likes masks or fashion, visit the Mask Museum (Musee du Masque), which has waxwork figures wearing carnival masks and gorgeous costumes.

A cool tour is a visit the Musee du Champignon to find out how mushrooms are grown underground. (Excellent idea on a hot day.)

kids books france
     
Castle  
Castle (Eyewitness Books)
Christopher Gravett

Essential guide to castles – history, defenses and weapons, castle as a prison, great hall, chapel, kitchen (including photos of feast dishes), with info about Saumur castle. Detailed photographs, medieval artifacts and models of castles. (Picture book)

 

(More children's books on other France pages)
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