Chateau de Ranrouet, Herbignac

#14 of 45 in Historic Sites in Loire-Atlantique
Ruin · Hidden Gem · Castle
The imposing ruins of Chateau de Ranrouet still give you a sense of the stalwart fortress that it must have been, boasting six towers and thick battlements. The castle is nestled among the trees behind tiered walls that overlook to the town below. Although all that remains of it are the outer walls and a few towers, it still presents an opportunity to climb the old stones and imagine yourself a knight manning a stronghold against many French foe. For Chateau de Ranrouet and beyond, use our Herbignac online trip itinerary builder to get the most from your Herbignac vacation.
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  • Interesting ruins which gave a good indication of the original design and subsequent modifications to defend against canon fire. Children (and adults) thoroughly enjoyed completing the activity...  more »
  • Referred to as the sentinel of the bogs that in a bye-gone era were part of the defences of the castle. Now it’s rather a ruin but the ditch for the moat and a further ditch & steep defensive wall...  more »
  • Spent about 90 minutes here during a day exploring the Briere National Park. It was very pleasant. The staff were friendly and helpful. There was a kids quiz trail to do. Almost as good as a trip to the World War 2 bunkers in Hightown.
  • The castle very much fits the stereotype of a medieval castle. It's surrounded by a moat and with a drawbridge. Some reviews complained about there are "nothing to see". I think they missed the point. Yes it's a ruin but well preserved and feels very ancient (unlike some places which are overly modernized). There are also in fact interesting things to see such as well preserved symbols sculpted in to the walls
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