Lactopole

Laval
Loire Valley
Museums

This fascinating museum dedicated to the history of the dairy and cheese industry was created by the Lactalis company. It explains the evolution of the manufacturing process from cottage industry to today's high technology.
Visits (mainly in French) last around 2 hours and finish with cheese tasting.
Guided visits in English must be prebooked by phone or email (lactopole@lactalis.fr).

 

Places to visit nearby

Laval in Western Loire is a pretty town on the Mayenne river where a charming château sits on a rocky outcrop, and some remarkably well-preserved Gallo-Roman baths can be found nearby.

Fougères in Brittany is a charming town that is home to the Château de Fougères, the largest medieval fortress in Europe.

Angers in Atlantic Loire Valley is an artistic city on the banks of the River Maine, that is steeped in medieval history and full of beautiful gardens and parks.

Nearby attractions

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