Visit Laval (Pays de la Loire, France)
Your visit to Laval will focus around the old medieval centre of the town, with the river and medieval bridge to one side, and the dramatic Laval Castle standing poised above the town on the other side. The old town is very pleasant to explore, with some interesting artefacts and buildings from the Middle Ages such as half timbered buildings.
Laval castle itself dates back to the 12th-13th century, with substantial later modifications. The underground chapel and the donjon are among the oldest parts of the castle. The other part of the castle, in renaissance style and called the Chateau Neuf, was added in the 16th century and used as the Palace of Justice for Laval for almost two centuries following the revolution.
The castle now houses the 'Museum of Naive Art', inspired by the 19th century art of local artist Henri Rousseau.
Also dating from the early medieval period you can see a substantial part of the defensive walls that once surrounded Laval, including an entrance called the Porte Beucheresse.
There are also some notable religious monuments in Laval, with the 12th century roman style Basilica Notre-Dame d'Avesnieres (note in particular the chevet near the river) and the gothic style Cathedral of Saint-Trinity being the most important.
Others include the renaissance style Church of Saint-Venerand and the Church of Notre-Dame des Cordeliers - this church is very interesting inside with a whole series of 17th century altarpieces in the chapels of the church.
Market days in Laval are Saturday and Tuesday.
After admiring the view along the river from various points in the town, an alternative way to enjoy the town and setting is by taking one of the organised boat trips along the river itself.
Close to Laval, head a little way south to Entrammes to visit the Thermes d'Entrammes - the Roman baths here are very well preserved and extensive, and only rediscovered about 25 years ago after being lost for 2000 years...
Photos taken within 10 km
Tourist classifications for Laval
Laval is classified as a listed town of Art and History
Address: Laval, Mayenne, Pays de la Loire, 53000 || GPS: latitude 48.073333, longitude -0.768889
Map of Laval & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Laval, France
- Parc et jardin de Clivoy - remarkable garden (18km)
- La Cropte - ville fleurie 4* (24km)
- Juvigne - ville fleurie 4* (26km)
- Chateau-Gontier - recommended detour (28km)
- Parc et jardins du château de Craon - remarkable garden (28km)
- Mayenne - town of art and history (29km)
- Evron - town of art and history (29km)
- Jublains - town of art and history (29km)
- Saulges - town of art and history (29km)
- Sainte-Suzanne - most beautiful village (31km)
Market days in Laval: Regular market(s) are held in Laval each Tuesday & Saturday all day. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Laval (Francais)