The Montreuil-Bellay castle (fr. Château de Montreuil-Bellay) is a historical building in the town of Montreuil-Bellay, département of Maine-et-Loire, France, first built on the site of a Gallo-Roman village high on a hill on the banks of the Thouet River. It is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.

Montreuil-Bellay is a commune in the Maine-et-Loire department in western France, Pays de la Loire. It is located approximately 15 km to the south of Saumur.

The first citadel is built in the eleventh century by Foulque Nerra, Count of Anjou, on the foundations of a Roman oppidum. Foulque Nerra, known as the Black Falcon, belongs to the narrow circle of the faithful of the King of France, Hughes Capet.

The castle of Montreuil-Bellay was thus remodeled in the eleventh, thirteenth, fourteenth and seventeenth centuries, and classified as historical monuments by decree of June 18, 1979. The old stables and attics of the castle are listed by decree of February 12, 2019.

The chateau has great gardens overlooking the river and because of its lofty position it offers some great views.

Nowadays, Château de Montreuil-Bellay is also the name of a premium wine made on the property.

Working hours

Wednesday 2–6PM
Thursday 2–6PM
Friday 2–6PM
Saturday 10AM–12PM, 2–6PM
Sunday 10AM–12PM, 2–6PM
Monday 2–6PM
Tuesday Closed


Adults: € 12,00
Students and school children aged 15 to 25: € 10.00
Children from 6 to 14 years: € 6.50
Children under 6 years old: Free

GPS coordinates: 47°8′0″N 0°9′15″W

Shortest distances by car

  • From Paris: 3 hr 28 min (337 km) via A11
  • From Nantes: 1 hr 44 min (124 km) via N249 and D960
  • From Toulouse: 5 hr 25 min (526 km) via A62 and A10
  • From Lyon: 5 hr 23 min (563 km) via A71 and A85
  • From Marseille: 8 hr 16 min (870 km) via A7
  • From Nice: 9 hr 53 min (1,029 km) via A7
  • From Monaco: 10 hr 2 min (1,050 km) via A7
  • From Andorra: 7 hr 41 min (708 km) via A62 and A10
  • From Madrid: 10 hr 13 min (978 km) via A-1
  • From Moscow: 34 hr (3,224 km) via E30/M1
  • From Belgrade: 20 hr 8 min (1,980 km) via E70
  • From Istanbul: 31 hr (2,944 km) via E70
  • From Bern: 7 hr 55 min (773 km) via A6

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