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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Mayenne

Mayenne - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Mayenne

At the edge of Normandy, the town of Mayenne has an imposing castle as a reminder of its past as a stronghold and ducal town. It has towered above the Mayenne river for over a thousand years. In turn a Carolingian palace, castle fort and prison, Mayenne castle now houses a museum about the history of the place and the medieval era, with a remarkable collection of parlour game pieces from the 10th-12th centuries.

After visiting Mayenne's castle and park, you can continue exploring the town with a look at the Basilica of Our Lady, built in the 12th, 16th and 19th centuries. Inside is a polychrome wood statuette of Our Lady of the Miracles. There is also Place de Hercé with its octagonal fountain, Place Cheverus surrounded by private mansions from the 17th and 18th centuries, and the 11th-century Church of St Martin made of rusted granite, located on the left bank.

Those who enjoy the water can enjoy boat or pedalo rides departing from the river stopping place, from May to September.

Local festivities include the Arts'Borescences in late June, with shows, concerts and art in the streets, followed by the Summer of 6 Thursdays (Été des 6 Jeudis), with outdoor concerts on Thursdays from mid-July to late August.

Additional information

The town of Mayenne is located in the region Pays de la Loire, in the department of Mayenne, 20 minutes drive from Laval.

Former ducal city, it was formed in the eleventh century and early twelfth century near the castle, the Church of Notre Dame and, on the other side, the priory of St. Martin.

The city market is held twice a week on Saturdays and Mondays. Brasseries and restaurants are on offer, including a Michelin-starred restaurant, and the charming shopping district has a wide range of shops.

Things to see and do

The Castle Museum Mayenne: classified archaeological site of national interest, Mayenne castle overlooking the river and gives full scope to the city. Older than 1000 years, the castle is one of the best preserved civic buildings of the High Middle Ages in Europe. It invites you to discover rare collections through an interactive and playful. It is also certified "Tourism & Handicap" for the four types of disabilities (physical, visual, hearing and mental).

The chapel Calvairiennes, the last vestige of a vast 17th century convent. It became a center of art and exhibition dedicated to contemporary creation.

The Notre-Dame Basilica, building composite twelfth, 16th and 19th centuries and its statue of the Virgin of Miracles.

The municipal theater in the park of the castle of Mayenne.

The Church of St. Martin, a beautiful 11th century building, granite rusty.

Instead of Hercé with the former palace of the Bar Ducale, the 17th century and the octagonal fountain.

Cheverus place lined with many mansions of the 17th and 18th centuries witnessed the rich history of the old ducal city.

The Convent of the Visitation, which extends over nearly two acres in the center of town.

The Memorial deported from Mayenne opens its doors and offers free tours and tours to better understand the history of deportation.

Boat trips with or without food with the boat ride to discover the history of the city of Mayenne and the river running through (May to September).

Watersports: hire electric boats and bikes (May to September).

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres

Events and festivities

Guided tours of the city Mayenne every Wednesday morning at 10:30 in July and August.

Festival "Arts'Borescences" concerts, street art ... the last weekend of June.

Festival "Summer Thursdays 6": 6 outdoor concerts in the city of Mayenne from mid-July to late August.

The cultural center of the country Mayenne "Kiosk" offers throughout the year performances (theater, concerts, exhibitions ...).

Vox Bistro : Nahorine Exposes
Escape Game : Secret Integral
Escape Game : Nature in the City - Mayenne
Participatory Animation: Gens d'Armes and Chevalier
My summer at the Castle : Archéo Combo


City of Mayenne, its castle, its river
City of Mayenne, its castle, its river
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Our Lady of Miracles
Our Lady of Miracles
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Market town of Mayenne
Market town of Mayenne
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Gallo-Roman Jublains (fortress, temple, amphitheater, thermal baths) and its archaeological museum department with many objects reflecting the Gallo-Roman period.

Forum Crafts Jublains: meeting place and exchange trades around Art exhibitions, workshops and shop.

The way of towing you can browse the Mayenne bike, on foot, on horseback and by boat along the river, 85 km. Panoramas of nature, peace and serenity.

Upper Lake Mayenne: 123 ha lake in a remarkable landscape. Many possible activities (hiking, sailing, canoeing ...).

Village of Fontaine-Daniel, cradle of Tent Mayenne.


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