10 Things to Do in Laval That You Shouldn't Miss

August 7, 2017 Karren Gelb

Discover the best top things to do in Laval, France including Jardin de la Perrine, Chateau de Laval (Laval's Castle), La Cite du Lait Lactopole Laval, Pont Vieux (Old Bridge), Eglise des Cordeliers, Office de Tourisme du Pays de Laval, Musee du vieux Chateau de Laval, Basilique Notre-Dame d'Avesnieres, Bains Douches Municipaux, Bateau Lavoir Saint-Julien.
Restaurants in Laval

1. Jardin de la Perrine

Laval, France
Excellent
42%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 206 reviews

Jardin de la Perrine

Reviewed By Ian L

This Botanic Garden sits on the hillside overlooking Laval city. A quiet peaceful place for a picnic, private contemplation or just a stroll through the trees and shrubs. There is a pond, a baby animal farm and an avery as well. Even a small medieval township can get a little hectic at times. I found this place a sanctuary.

2. Chateau de Laval (Laval's Castle)

Laval, France
Excellent
38%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 88 reviews

Chateau de Laval (Laval's Castle)

Reviewed By David B L - Los Angeles, California

This is the wonderful old Chateau of Laval in the old quarter / historic quarter of old town. It's so big that you'll see it long before you reach it. Massive walls with turreted tower facade. Walls and ramparts can be walked and explored, lots of walking and climbing, but worth it. Had nice tour in English. Can look down upon the bridge and the river, and historic old city. Enjoyable. ...

3. La Cite du Lait Lactopole Laval

18 rue Adolphe Beck, 53000, Laval, France +33 2 43 59 51 90
Excellent
45%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 55 reviews

La Cite du Lait Lactopole Laval

Reviewed By Nicola W - Chepstow, United Kingdom

As a former dairy farmer, this place was made for me! A fantastic collection of antique dairy equipment, much of which I remember using (which is quite scary!), was beautifully displayed and curated. Quirkiness at its finest!
I enthusiastically dragged my poor wife to the 11:00 tour of the collection, conducted by a delightful guide who spoke excellent English - although I think I was perhaps even more enthusiastic about milk plate coolers than she was!
The only other visitors were a small group of elderly French people on a bus trip, who were receiving a lot more information from their guide in French than we were - but they seemed to be having a lovely time too!
The 3:00 tour would have been an even better one to go on because it included a tour of the old dairy and a film about the history of the place and the family who set it up.
Although it's not entirely clear from the website, you can only visit at one of the scheduled tour times - you can't expect to stroll around independently, which is a shame and we couldn't see a reason why not!
The tour ended with a very generous cheese tasting opportunity with five different cheeses and glass of apple juice. Excellent!

4. Pont Vieux (Old Bridge)

Laval, France
Excellent
28%
Good
65%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 52 reviews

Pont Vieux (Old Bridge)

Reviewed By Bob J - Laval, France

Features in many old pictures of Laval - a must to photo. Situated at the foot of the old quarter. a few minutes walk from the town square.

5. Eglise des Cordeliers

Place Notre Dame, 53000, Laval, France
Excellent
48%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Eglise des Cordeliers

Reviewed By gerdom59 - Paris, France

La construction de cette église s'est étalée du 16ème au 17ème siècle. Elle a été inscrite aux Monuments Historiques en 1926. A l'extérieur, vous pourrez admirer les sculptures et la statue dans la niche du porche d'entrée. A l'intérieur, tous les magnifiques retables des chapelles latérales, la chapelle du Saint Sacrement, le maître autel dans le choeur avec son grand retable d'une dizaine de mètres de hauteur, les vitraux, le chemin de croix, les tableaux. Un beau patrimoine et une belle visite. Vous pourrez vous garer soit sur la place devant l'église ou dans la rue (payant).

6. Office de Tourisme du Pays de Laval

84 avenue Robert Buron, 53000, Laval, France +33 2 43 49 46 46
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

Office de Tourisme du Pays de Laval

Off-season (10/01 - 04/30) From Monday to Saturday : 10:00-18:00 12/24 and 12/31 : 10:00-12:30 Closed every Sunday and during public holidays. High season (05/02 - 09/30) From Monday to Saturday : 09:30-18:30 Sunday and public holidays : 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00 The tourism office is closed on the 01/01, 05/01 and 12/25.

Reviewed By Brooke B

The Tourism Office is conveniently located one block from the train station. The woman working there was extremely helpful and provided many suggestions for a family with young children. She also spoke perfect English, which was a nice bonus! She went out of her way to help me make weekend plans outside of Laval, including looking up hours of operation and transportation options. I highly recommend stopping by!

7. Musee du vieux Chateau de Laval

Place de la Tremoille, 53000, Laval, France +33 2 43 53 39 89
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 9 reviews

Musee du vieux Chateau de Laval

Reviewed By cougard - Rennes, France

D’une incroyable inventivité ,ces créations anticonformistes sont chargées d’ambiguïté .A la fois humbles et presques
banales au premier regard,elles provoquent
toujours ,dérangent parfois et dénoncent les absurdités de notre société.
Bonheur de voir le tableau de Séraphine de Senlis et de se remémorer la magnifique prestation de Yolande Moreau dans le film
Séraphine.
Merci de votre Vote utile

8. Basilique Notre-Dame d'Avesnieres

52 allee du Ronceray, 53000, Laval, France +33 2 43 53 22 15
Excellent
63%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Basilique Notre-Dame d'Avesnieres

Reviewed By Ver0chka - Moscow, Russia

Laval is a small town, but you should visit this Old church with speacial spirit of old France. Take time to look carefully inside and to feel the soul of this Basilique.

9. Bains Douches Municipaux

32 quai Albert Goupil, 53000, Laval, France
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Bains Douches Municipaux

Reviewed By xavier532016 - Laval, France

Tout le monde parle d'odorico et de ses mosaiques mais là on peut les voir et apprécier un lieu patrimonial et d'exposition.

10. Bateau Lavoir Saint-Julien

Quai Paul Boudet, 53000, Laval, France +33 2 53 74 12 50
Excellent
33%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Bateau Lavoir Saint-Julien

Reviewed By Christele61

Utilisé jusqu'en 1970 sur la Mayenne, ce bateau lavoir a ensuite été laissé à l'abandon. Restauré en 1993, il est désormais classé. Les femmes venaient chaque jour y faire leur lessive. Elles descendaient au pont inférieur pour un pré lavage dans les eaux froides de la Mayenne. Le linge était ensuite attaché puis remonté au pont supérieur et déposé dans des cuves d'eau Bouillante pour tremper. Ensuite, elles le redescendait pour le rincer dans la Mayenne. Le propriétaire qui habitait sur le bateau (on peut voir la cuisine et la chambre non meublées) alimentait des foyers au pont inférieur pour les cuves du pont supérieur. Il fallait compter 2 heures de travail à chaque fois et aucune n'aurait accepté à l'époque d'avoir une machine à laver à domicile. A voir absolument ! Visite gratuite tout au moins pendant les journées du patrimoine. Un film en noir et blanc complète bien la visite.

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