Jardin des Plantes

Le Mans
Loire Valley
Attractions and places of interest
Great Outdoors

There are several gardens throughout the city, but if you only visit one, it should be the botanical paradise of the Jardin des Plantes. Covering 8 hectares, the garden was created in the 19th century and is split into a French garden and an English park, with a wonderful rose garden dominated by a terrace planted with lime trees. A wander through the small stone tunnel will take you into a landscaped garden with a large pool so why not take a peaceful stroll?

 

Nearby attractions

Around 50 buildings and monuments are now lit up to illuminate the beautiful heritage sites of the city of Le Mans. The centrepiece of the trail is the Nuit de Chimères, the 'Night of Dreams', a spectacular giant wall...

The Musée de Tessé, contains fine art paintings from Italian, Flemish, Dutch and French painters and has a gallery devoted to the art of ancient Egyptian tombs.

The Cathédrale St Julien is an incredible structure and, at over 130m long, it is one of the largest cathedrals in France. Built between the 11th and 15th centuries, its architecture covers a diverse range of styles but...

Visit the Musée de la Reine Bérengère, the Museum of History and Archaeology, to uncover Le Mans' rich past with over 1,200 objects from prehistory through to the 15th century.

Places to visit nearby

Le Mans in Pays de la Loire is a modern city with a diverse heritage.

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.

Tours in the Loire Valley is a modern city with a history dating back to the Romans that is famous for its architecture, wines and markets.