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Chateau du Lude, Le Lude

#4 of 29 in Historic Sites in Sarthe
Castle · Tourist Spot
Chateau du Lude defended Anjou from the attacking Normans, and later from the English during the Hundred Years' War. But it wasn’t until the end of the 14th century that this château got the makeover that turned it into a perfect example of Italian Renaissance architecture abroad. Surrounding the grandeur of the castle, find serenity in the form of landscaped gardens. Inside, tour immaculately preserved and renovated rooms that recall the aristocratic lifestyle of another era. Gilded walls and Raphael-inspired murals will enchant you as you stroll through the different salons and vestibules. To visit Chateau du Lude and other attractions in Le Lude, use our Le Lude holiday planning site.
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  • We decided to visit here as it was only about 25 mins from where we were staying. We had already visited Chenonceau and had not enjoyed that due to the crowd numbers and the lack of covid safety but.....  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful chateau and grounds. It is only open a couple of hours in the day so check their website before you go. When you follow the signs to the chateau parking it is easy to miss as.....  more »
  • Great Château with amazing access across all levels. Great views which help you to wonder what it was like in times since long past. I highly suggest booking a tour to help you understand the true history of this magnificent place. Well worth the visit and take some extra time to explore the village and all it has to offer as well.
  • An impressive chateau, still lived in. You can only go round on one of the hourly tours, which takes about an hour. The grounds are large and it's only €6 (July '18) to just do those, as opposed to the house too for €9.
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