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Laval

4.3
Wildlife Areas · Room Escape Games · Castles
Laval is a town in western France, about 300km west-southwest of Paris, and the capital of the Mayenne department. Laval was before the French Revolution part of the province of Maine, now split between two departments, Mayenne and Sarthe. Its inhabitants are called Lavallois. The commune of Laval proper, without the metropolitan area, is the 13th most populous in northwestern France and the 119th in France.A part of the traditional province of Maine, Laval also lies on the threshold of Brittany and is not far from Normandy and Anjou. It was thus an important stronghold in northwestern France during the Middle Ages. Laval became a city during the 11th century, and was the cradle of the House of Laval, one of the most powerful families in Maine and Brittany. The counts of Laval developed a textile industry around 1300 and made Laval a significant centre for the French Renaissance a century later. The linen industry remained the principal activity in Laval until the 20th century, when milk processing became more profitable.Laval developed around a promontory, on which the castle was built, and along the river Mayenne. The Laval metropolitan area is a small economic centre in western France, particularly active in the industrial sector, dairy production, electronics and chemicals. Laval is economically oriented towards Rennes, the administrative capital of the region of Brittany, and located only 80km west of Laval.
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Hidden gems in Laval

Wildlife Area
Jardin de la Perrine
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Bridge
Pont Vieux (Old Bridge)
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Castle
Chateau de Laval (Laval's Castle)
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Basilique Notre-Dame d'Avesnieres
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Laval

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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Bioparc de Doue-la-Fontaine Doue-la-Fontaine
4.5
Duration: 8 hours
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World heritage site
Chartres Cathedral Chartres
4.7
Duration: 5 hours
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Zoo
Zoo de La Fleche La Fleche
4.1
Duration: 4 hours
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Art Museum
Chateau de Brissac Brissac-Quince
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Popular things to do in Laval

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Art Museum
Musee du vieux Chateau de Laval
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Eglise des Cordeliers
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
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History Museum
Bains Douches Municipaux
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
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Landmark
Bateau Lavoir Saint-Julien
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes

Historic Sites in Laval

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Church
Eglise Saint Venerand
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
Church
Chapelle de Pritz
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
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Cemetery
Cimetiere Vaufleury
3.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Historic Site
Patrimoine de la Ville de Laval
3.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

Childrens Museums in Laval

Science Museum
Musee des Sciences de Laval
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

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