Here are a few route suggestions, must-visits and experiences to get to know Angers, its heritage and parks

Do you have some spare time to explore the city? The tour starts at the Conference Centre.

Central Angers route : travel through time

From the Middle Ages to Haussmann and Art Deco buildings, Angers city centre is bursting with architectural gems. Set off from the Conference Centre to Place Imbach where you can visit the fantastic Natural Science Museum! Go up Rue Lenepveu via the beautiful Pincée Museum to Place du Ralliement and its Grand Théâtre. You have two options: the Blue House with its beautiful 1920s mosaic design at the top of Rue d'Alsace or the half-timbered Adam's House on Place Sainte-Croix. After venturing into Saint-Martin Collegiate Church, the Fine Arts Museum or David d’Angers Gallery – all local art and history hotspots – dive into the old town's streets between the cathedral and château. Take a tour of the château to gaze at the famous Apocalypse Tapestry. Keep a look out for the "blue line" on the ground which leads you to Angers landmarks.

Medieval district: explore La Doutre

If you've already visited the city centre then cross the Maine and explore La Doutre. Venture over Pont de la Haute-Chaîne bridge and on the left you'll find Jean-Lurçat and Contemporary Tapestry Museum, a fantastic 12th century Hospitaller group of buildings. The cloister, grounds and museum are well worth a visit! Wander through the pretty lanes behind the museum via Greniers Saint-Jean, Place de la Paix and Rue de la Censerie to Ronceray Abbey. Expect to see half-timbered and Renaissance houses along your way if you go on the orange route in this tourist map.

Need some green ? Visit Angers parks

The beautiful Jardin des Plantes lies near the Conference Centre. The 18th century English garden was designed by botanists and its lanes winding through 100 year old trees, ponds and waterfalls make it the perfect place to recharge your batteries. On the opposite end of the spectrum are the French alleys at Jardin du Mail on nearby Boulevard Foch. This is the perfect place for a stroll and chat as you gaze at the beautiful fountain and 19th century bandstand. If you fancy a riverside walk, head to Promenade Jean Turc with its beautiful rose garden at the foot of the Château, or Cale de la Savatte, a little port on the other side of the Maine with fabulous views of the château and cathedral. The Medical School's botanical garden on the same side of the Maine is both a conservatory and educational resource with over 2200 plant species. Arboretum, hothouse, aquatic plants and more to delight botany buffs !

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