The Gardens Of La Ballue Castle : Listed as historical Monument, La Ballue Garden, is marked intrinsically by a sense of ”wonder”, a series of garden rooms, each with its own atmosphere, were designed in harmony with the château firmly rooted in the baroque culture.
The garden, as an extension or mirror of the mind, is a symbolic space filled with conceits and emblems. Variety and liveliness as characteristic of the baroque garden is achieved here by variation in all the structural elements, in scent and colour, in appearance and sounds and in the contemporary statues, mostly grotesques & monsters.
Gardens ISMH. Label of ”Remarquable Garden”. Created in : 1620/1973
Surface : 2 ha
- Opening 2020 :
All the year along :
- from March 14 to April 30 on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
- from May 1 to September 27: open daily from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
- from October 1 to November 11, from Thursday to Sunday inclusive, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Easter and All Saints school holidays: open every day (10 a.m.-6 p.m.)
The rest of the year by appointment.
Groups : preferably by appointment (more than 15 persons).
- Visits :
Guided visits with previous booking , Duration of a guided visit : 1h30mn, Minimal number of persons for a guided visit : 15 .
Access partially adapted for disabled persons.
Each visitor receives a detailed brochure (French, English and German) with map, description of the gardens, history of the site and the castle and botanical list.
At the shop, presentation of a film story of the gardens, with interviews and comments from experts in the world of the garden.
- Charges :
Individuals : Adults/ 9,50 Euros. Students/ 7,50 Euros.
Free for children under 10 years old.
Groups (more 15 persons) : 7,50 Euros/person.
Guided tours by the owner (1h35): 80 Euros.
- Services :
Shop, Picnic area, Public lavatory, Tree nursery, Tearoom, Fastfood-Restaurant, Bed and Breakfast, Seminars, Lectures, Cocktails, Concerts, Theatre perfomances, Marriage photos, Shooting of films, Ping-pong tables, Wheelchairs at your disposal, Workshops garden, Lawns for sunbathing, Dog admitted if kept on a lead, Carpark arranged, Diaporama about the gardens.
Specific brochures for children, entertaining and educational. They are available to all children who visit the garden and are available in French and English.
- Access :
From Rennes or The Mont-Saint-Michel, take RN 175. In Tremblay-Antrain or Bazouges-la-Pérouse follow La Ballue. From the motorway A84 sortie 31 direction Antrain, then follow Dol de Bretagne Then signposted.
Train station : Rennes (45 km) Combourg (14 km).
Airport : Dinard Pleurtuit (45 km).
GPS : N 48° 26' 36” / O -1° 32' 18”
GPS (Lat x Long) : 48.443608000, -1.538665000