The Château


The Gardens

Le Lude 2005

The Medieval kitchen


The “Fête des jardiniers”


Families et children


The History


February Holidays
Sunday 28th of February
from March 1st to March 4th
from March 8th to March 11th
3pm – 5.30pm
from March 31st to November 4th included
open every day
except April, May and September: closed on Wednesday
except October: open only on Saturday and Sunday (open every day during Holidays: October 20th – Novembre 4th)


Castle & Gardens: adult 8.50 € / child (7-15 years) 4.50 €

Gardens only: adult 6€ / child 3€

The most northerly château of the Loire Valley.

Le Lude, a family home and a historic monument.


Located on the crossroad of the regions of Anjou and Touraine, between Le Mans and Tours, Le Lude is the most northerly château of the Loire Valley.
Le Lude is one of the last remaining important historical castles in France, which is still lived in by the same family, and has been for the past 260 years.

Four centuries in one place! The château is an example of four centuries of French architecture. A fortress transformed into an elegant palace-looking house during the Renaissance and the 18th century.

Both adults and children alike, will be enchanted by its refined interiors, but also by its gardens, labyrinths, stables and its dungeon; expect a visit full of surprises!

Try not to miss out on the well-known Garden festival on the first week-end of June!

Group booking

to discover the castle and its garden, the groups can book a visit all along the year

An Amazing House

Top of the range receptions, private tour, bird shooting

Le Lude today

Since 260 years, the house is in the hands of our family. Together with the staff helping us, we are happy to welcome you to the Château du Lude, and share with you a living testimony of the French history, but also our family home and one of the most impressive castles in the Loire Valley.

Try not to miss our summer events like the Garden show and the Gourmet days.

We wish you a pleasant visit !

Count and Countess Louis-Jean de Nicolay


Upcoming Events

Heritage Days

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th, September The heritage days are the occasion to discover the Château du Lude, major element of the Sarthe’s architectural heritage and one of the Great Castles of [...]


  • We are castle-hopping in France, having a great time visiting Le Lude and the beautiful gardens.

    Anonyme, GB
  • Our daughter (aged 4) loved to follow the visit with her fancy dress. What a good idea !

    Mary and Tim C., USA
  • Une belle évocation de l’Histoire, et nous apprécions l’ambiance vivante de ce château habité !

    Gérard T., France

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