Tours and discoveries in Haute Mayenne
Not to be missed: Les Toiles de Mayenne (Mayenne textiles) in Fontaine-Daniel
Founded by the Denis family on the site of the Cistercian Abbey, the factory has designed and manufactured home textiles for two centuries. Warping, creel loading, winding, unwinding, sizing, sanforisation, weaving: these traditional skills are a preciously guarded treasure. A visit to the showroom located at the exit of the village is a must. More than decoration, a way of life!
- €180 from 30 to 53 people Max: 53 people (contact us for other numbers) Guided and commented tour
- Duration of the tour: 2 hrs (from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Château de Mayenne (Mayenne Castle)
The castle is more than 1000 years old and is one of Europe’s best-preserved civil buildings from the early Middle Ages. At the end of the 19th century, the large courtyard, now a park, was endowed with a superb Italian theatre, becoming a hub for cultural life in Mayenne. The castle houses a museum that, over the course of an interactive tour, enable the visitor to discover the remarkable Carolingian artefacts and the 1000 years of the castle’s history. The Château de Mayenne’s museum houses the medieval section of the departmental archaeological museum. It also exhibits exceptional collections of objects found during the excavations carried out since 1996: coins, household objects, religious objects, military furniture, funeral objects and game pieces. There is an amazing collection of pawns and tokens and a 10th-12th century board including 52 tric trac (backgammon) tokens, dice and chess pieces, all made of bone, deer antlers or ivory.
- €4/Person Max: 53 people
- Guided and commented tour (groups of more than 30 people will be divided into two groups)
- Duration of the tour: 1 hr 30 min
Jardins des Renaudies (Renaudies Gardens) in Colombiers du Plessis
Created by a former nurseryman who was passionate about botany, we invite you to discover the garden, which is an abundance of rhododendrons, azaleas, hydrangeas, heather, daffodils, roses, camellias and perennials. Immerse yourself in a luxurious, structured environment and set off on an extraordinary journey.
€5.50/Person Max: 60 people Guided and commented tour Duration of the tour: 1 hr 30 min