Château de Lassay

Lassay-les-Châteaux, France

The Château de Lassay is a 15th-century castle in Lassay-les-Châteaux. The first mention of a castrum in Lassay dates back to the 12th century. Owned by Charles de Vendôme at the beginning of the 15th century, the castle was destroyed by French troops as Charles de Vendôme supported the English during the Hundred Years War.

In 1458, the French king Charles VII allowed the son of Charles de Vendôme, Jean II, to rebuild a castle. The new castle was achieved within one year. The barbican was built in 1497-1498.

Since then, the castle has been left mainly intact and the original 15th-century architecture preserved by the different owners of the castle.

The castle is listed as a Monument historique since 1862. It is open for visiting from April to September.



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Founded: 12th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Stephen Childs (6 months ago)
Access by guided tour only but reasonably priced. Tour was in French but booklets provided in English with most of the same info. Castle itself is impressive and very well maintained.
Jolanda Bolt (7 months ago)
Beautiful castle, that's still lived in. Not allowed to photograph (which was okay). But one pet peeve about French tourist attractions is the lack of English explanations. You're guided through the castle, which is great. The guide talked a lot but never translated anything in English (while he could speak English). We got a list of stuff we could see, but it only said: chest, XVIth century. The guide obviously explained much, much more about it. So all this was wasted on us, which was a real pity. It doesn't have to be long, but just a little effort to try would make it much better. While I understand that not all castles can have guided tours by tablet like Chateau Guillaume-le-Conquérant in Falaise, even a longer handout would improve it or take the time to translate.
Katrina Hunt (8 months ago)
What a fantastic day!! They really know how to make history come alive. The re-enactment groups who participated were particularly entertaining.
JP 'Free Burd' (2 years ago)
Small rural village, beautiful surroundings and walks. Cafes and bars. The chateaux is spectacular, a focal point for the locals and visitors. There is a large car park, 2 minute walk to the town. The car park also accomodates campervans.... you can top up your water tanks, empty your portable loos and even charge up your leisure batteries! Courtesy of Lassays town council. I love this but slightly biased as my dad lives there!
Gasgas (2 years ago)
We have been meaning to do the tour for months but so glad we did it's fantastic, we have admired it from outside for a long time and inside doesn't disappoint. The guide was a young lady who was great, it's in french but they give you a book in English so you can follow what's going on if you don't speak really is quite spectacular, you get your tickets opposite the main castle door in a barn looking building that is a shop as well.
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