Chateau du Lude, Sarthe: visitors guide

Photo of Chateau du Lude in Loire Chateau (Pays de la Loire region)

Visit Chateau du Lude, France

The Chateau du Lude, next to the Loir and near Le Maine, La Touraine and l'Anjou, is the first of the Loire's chateaux that you reach when arriving from the north - it is a historic seat and also a living, family country-house.

Built as a strategic place to defend Anjou, Barbe Bleue regained the Chateau du Lude in a triumphant fight against the English during the Hundred Years War. Both surprising and impressive with it's architectural ornaments and styles, the chateau is a real testimony to six centuries of French architecture.

Since the 10th century, this fortress has been protected and made more and more beautiful by its owners, and has been in the hands of the same family for the last 250 years. Nowadays, this chateau is still inhabited, animated and protected by the De Nicolay's family.

Le Lude is a fine example of French architecture. From the Middle Ages to the 18th century, different styles can be seen in its construction, and in the salons, kitchens and outbuildings.

Chateau du Lude is surrounded by lovely gardens, and you’re invited to stroll through the French-style gardens and discover the rose garden, the “parc romantique”, and the vegetable garden (the vegetable garden is only open on special days and by request for groups).

Culture and music at Chateau du Lude

Cultural events and tourist activities take place throughout the season in the garden and inside the house: the Garden Festival, during the first week-end of June each year, is a flower and garden exhibition, with plants and gardening equipment for sale, gardening workshops, conferences, and the award of the annual P.J. Redouté Prize for the best book on gardens.

Music and Gourmet days: On certain dates during the summer, chamber music recitals and cooking demonstration enliven the salons and the medieval kitchens. The vegetable garden is open on these special days. Every summer, new themes are presented in the salons and the old granary, including lifestyle exhibitions, photography and contemporary art.

Visitor Information for Chateau du Lude

Opened from the 1st of april to the 30th of september

Gardens 10-12.30 a.m. and 2 - 6 p.m.

Castle 2 -6 p.m.

telephone: 02 43 94 60 09 / fax 02 43 45 27 53

The above photo and information for Chateau du Lude was kindly contributed by Chateau du Lude

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You can find more local travel ideas in the Sarthe guide and the Pays de la Loire guide.

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Address: Lude, Flèche, Pays de la Loire, 72800, France || GPS: latitude 47.6475, longitude 0.158889

Plan your visit to Chateau du Lude, Sarthe

Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Parc et jardins du château du Lude: remarkable garden
  • La Fleche: recommended detour (18 km)
  • Parc de Lathan: remarkable garden (19 km)
  • Jardin d’atmosphère du Petit Bordeaux: remarkable garden (20 km)

Market days in Chateau du Lude, France

Regular market(s) are held in Chateau du Lude each Thursday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at Chateau du Lude (Francais)