Château de la Roche-Jagu

Ploëzal, France

Built in the 15th century on the site of an earlier medieval fort, the Gothic Château de la Roche-Jagu was much larger originally. The one main wing left standing has severe good looks. There are few openings of any sort on the side dominating the river, reflecting its defensive role. However, a staggering line of 19 chimneys in a row adds a decorative flourish along the crest of the building. The façade on the other side is much lighter and more charming, with a fair number of windows, plus an eccentric tower perched up high.

The building has undergone major restoration work since the Côtes d’Armor county council took it over and began putting on events here. The grand hall on the ground floor was where functions were traditionally held; exhibitions today focus on themes to do with Côtes d’Armor, for instance the county’s hidden treasures, or its maritime riches. The grounds have been beautifully replanted, and awarded the status of Jardin Remarquable. A wonderful new terrace looks down on the dramatic, densely wooded banks of the Trieux from on high.



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D787, Ploëzal, France
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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Valois Dynasty and Hundred Year's War (France)

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Roderick Swaries (15 months ago)
The Chateau offers an exceptional visitor experience. The basic house visit allows you to understand it’s place in local history. A 6€ per person ticket allows access to the upper floors, where life at the Chateau and it’s various rooms are explained. In summer you have a bonus in getting to see whatever exhibition is displayed. This year’s was insects built from old musical instruments, stunning. The gardens offer excellent displays for each season. The Cafe is great, you need to book for lunchtime, tea, coffee and cakes are available throughout the day without booking. Texts are provided in English to support the display narratives, which are in French. I have visited many times and will return.
Eugene van Veldhoven (16 months ago)
Impressive location, beautiful castle and gardens, all tastefully maintained, and a terrace with a great view
Jo Marshall (16 months ago)
Beautiful day and beautiful place to spend the day. The exhibition was an added bonus.. Can definitely recommend a visit and a drink in the cafe bar..
Madeleine Neilly (17 months ago)
Beautiful landscape & gardens. Great château! Perfect for peaceful and relaxing walks.
Nina V (2 years ago)
The art exhibition on the interior floors of the second and third levels made the chateau more interesting. Otherwise it would be cavernous rooms and small niches/alcoves to look at. The garden was delightful and I could see spending time picnic-ing on the lawns.
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