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Lassay-les-Châteaux

Lassay-les-Châteaux is one of seven “Petites Cites de Character” in the Mayenne, with a population of less than 3000, it is an ancient market town. There is a market held every Wednesday morning in the town center, where you can also sit and relax at one of the café / bars with a drink and watch the world go by. As the town has a ring road there is not too much traffic in the centre of town making it a very pleasant area to enjoy.

Then you can explore the town,
There is The Châteaux, one of the best preserved medieval Châteaux in France,with its working drawbridge and barbican being just one of its remarkable features, it has 8 massive towers,linked by ramparts and a crenellated curtain wall The Châteaux is a prime example of 14th and 15th century architecture, an existing Châteaux was dismantled around 1422 after being badly damaged in the 100 years war, construction of the present Châteaux began about 1456-1458. The barbican was added around 1497. The Châteaux is still in remarkable condition The Châteaux remains in private ownership, it is a listed historic monument,and is still lived in and opens to the public at certain times.

Opening hours:
• Afternoons only from 14h30 to 18h30
• Saturday, Sunday and holidays from Easter to 31st May
• Every day from 1st June to end of September

Tariff
5.50€ for adults, 3€ for children aged 12-15, 2€ for children under 12
Allow about an hour for the tour.

More information can be found on the following:

The Chateaux
Chateau on Facebook
www.tourisme-mayenne.com - Lassay-les-Châteaux

Yet more to see in Lassay,
Opposite the Chateaux there is an old salt loft and what was the prison, a walk round the lake you will find the ancient Lavoir, the wash house, there is also the medieval garden, formed on the former Benedictine convent grounds, with herb garden, fruits and vegetables.

Across the road down through the car park is the very nice rose garden, with over 300 variety's of roses.

Just outside of Lassay-les-Châteaux

There are two other châteaux at Lassay; the Château de Bois-Thibault is probably the more interesting, the third Château Bois-Frouis little more than a few stones and a gateway.

For those who would like a walk there is a pathway (No. C2) leading from near the castle in Lassay town centre to Château Bois-Thibault. The original Château Bois-Thibault was built in the 11th century, built of wood and stone on a natural mound. During the 12th century a dungeon was built and surrounded by towers, linked together by means of ramparts. In the 15th century the castle was surrounded by a moat and during the renaissance it was filled in and some parts of the ramparts demolished to enable the courtyard to be enlarged. In the 16th century there was a octagonal tower with a small sloped spiral staircase with shallow steps to allow horses to reach the attic. It has gradually fell into disrepair. It now belongs to the town of Lassay and restoration work is being undertaken on a volunteer basis – what is there is already impressive and is well worth a visit.

During the summer there are events going on including a medieval banquet and a Romeo and Juliet theatre .

The tourist office of Lassay (tel. 0033 (0)243047433), organises guided visits of Bois-Thibault château at 15h00 each Friday in July and August, or in September can be visited when in France certain places are open to the public.

There are several themed walks for those who like walking, one of which has already been mentioned, then there is the Artists walk and the Sculptors walk. Details of these can be obtained from the Tourist office in Lassay