Park and Gardens of the Castle of Le Lude : Halfway between Tours and Le Mans, at the doors of the Anjou region, the park and gardens of the Chateau du Lude are part of the circuit of the grand Loire castles.
The site is dominating the valley on several terraces going back to the Renaissance and remodeled in 1880 by Edouard André. His signature is visible in the vast regular garden that skirts the Loir, the splendid agricultural park, the romantic park and the kitchen garden that is still in use today.
The whole is enriched by more recent creations such as the Chinese rose garden, planted in 1997 following plans of the landscape architect Augustin d'Ursel and the ”Pousse Promenade”, dedicated to botanical collections.
The party of the gardeners of Le Lude, on the first week end in June, is a yearly event that plant lovers must not miss,
Created in : 17ème siècle
Surface : 8 ha
- Opening 2022 :
- every day from May 1 to September 30.
- October weekends and every day during the All Saints holidays.
- every day from May 19 to September 30.
- weekends in October and every day during the All Saints holidays (afternoon only)
Group visits by reservation all year round.
Gardens: 10 a.m.-12.30 p.m., 2 p.m.-6 p.m. (closed in the morning until May 18)
Château: 11 a.m.-12.30 p.m., 2.30 p.m.-6 p.m.
- Visits :
Guided visits with previous booking , Duration of a guided visit : 1h00, Minimal number of persons for a guided visit : 15 .
Access adapted for disabled persons.
Visit guide leaflet. Plan of the garden.
Explanatory panels in the gardens.
- Charges :
Visit of the gardens only:
adult: € 7.00; child : € 4.00; student : € 6.00
Visit of the Château and its gardens
adult: € 11.00; child : € 6.00; student : € 9.00.
For groups (15 people min.):
adult: € 8.00; child : € 5.00
Other prices, see the link above : www.lelude.com
- Services :
Shop, Public lavatory, Refreshment stall and sweet shop, Saloons to let, Seminars, Receptions, Cocktails, Marriage photos, Shooting of films, Children's playground, Swings, Children's workshops, Pedagogical presentations, Lawns for sunbathing, Dog admitted if kept on a lead, Castle visitation, Exhibition visitation.
Two escape game rooms welcome groups of between 4 and 6 people. To play with family or friends. By reservation only (see above on our website: www.lelude.com).
- Access :
Halfway between Le Mans (45 km by the D307) and Tours (50 km by the D54 or 70 km by the A28 motorway).
From Paris, 250 km by motorway A11 then A28 Le Mans / Tours: Exit Le Lude, 17 km on the D305 Château du Loir / La Flèche.
From Paris: TGV stations Le Mans (45 km) or Tours (50 km).
GPS (Lat x Long) : 47.647295000, 0.157998000