The castel of Châteaubriant

A medieval fortress and a Renaissance building, Châteaubriant Castle tells ten centuries of history.

In the Middle Ages, the Castle of Châteaubriant is in the heart of the Marches of Brittany. It constitutes a stronghold which defends the duchy against the kingdom of France. The keep, the ramparts, the seigneurial chapel and the lodgings of the medieval court still testify to the power of this fortress. In the 16th century, the barnyard became a place of residence open on gardens.


Le château de Chateaubriand

Summer 2020 :

The gardens of Châteaubriant Castle are open to the public every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with free access.

The 3D space, the golden bedroom, the chapel and the dungeon are not accessible even during guided tours.

Every Sunday afternoon in July, musical surprises will enliven the gardens of Châteaubriant castle. An enchanted parenthesis. Free – without reservation.

Program of guided tours from Tuesday to Sunday from July 2:

– “The castle”, guided tour at 11 am – 2 pm – 4 pm (duration 1 hour)

A visit off the beaten track to lift the veil on the history of the castle, its construction, its architecture and the life of its illustrious occupants from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance (Louise de Châteaubriant, Françoise de Dinan, her grandson Jean de Laval and Françoise de Foix, mistress of the King of France François I).

– “A castle of the 21st century”, guided tour at 12 noon – 3 p.m. 5 p.m. (duration 1 hour)

For over 1,000 years, Châteaubriant Castle has been at the heart of the history of the Pays de la Mée. The site was successively a medieval fortress, a prestigious residence during the Renaissance, an administrative city from 1853 and, today, a cultural and heritage place. During this visit, explore the history of the castle since the Revolution, discover the restoration work carried out for several years and the last significant archaeological discoveries.

Shows :

– “Bal trap” by the company La Contrebande

Saturday 8, Sunday August 9 at 6.30 p.m.

Attention, ultra tonic performances! With these elastic and energetic acrobats, experts in Korean balance, these are the bodies that melt and rebound. Bal Trap, like a trap dance ball with fireworks! A spectacle of precision, and of rapid sequences based on throws and propulsions using a kind of swing. Thought like a ballet of sharpened bodies and objects, catches up with bullets and enraptured projections. Bal Trap, a game, challenges, course or pascap? Duration: 30 mins


– “Mira T” by the company Circ Panic

Saturday August 15 and Sunday August 16 at 6.30 p.m.

On the track, a man and a large balance in balance. While playing with the weights and counterweights, swinging, turning or dancing, this acrobat undertakes, at 4 meters from the ground, a journey in constant search for the limits of balance. A journey that can be seen as an interior and symbolic journey in which everyone can recognize their search for an intimate balance that oscillates between one feeling and the other.Mira T, a game of crossed eyes, on the track, a game of improvisation between a acrobat and a musician on Catalan tunes? A sensitive, touching and poetic show. Duration: 45 min


– “Togarimoq”, a show for young audiences by the company Les Balbutiés

Sunday August 30 at 6.30 p.m.

Gustave van des Zout and Frida Apfelstück, famous scientists returning from an expedition like no other, recount with passion an incredible epic in front of their colleagues (the public). They explored Togarimoq, the island that does not exist on any map … A frantic sequence of action scenes, colorful characters, drawings, puppets, eccentric objects follow one another at a frantic pace … Because there, the houses are upside down, wolves know how to navigate, words come out of factory chimneys… Duration: 50mn – young audience from 6 years oldCie Les Balbutiés – From and with: Jérémy Sanagheal and Aurélie Bapst, Direction: Guillaume L.


Practical information on the conditions of participation

–All guided tours are exceptionally free this summer

-Mandatory reservations for visits and shows on https://grand–patitage.loire–

– Online ticketing open from June 17.

– Gauges adapted to sanitary conditions (maximum 8 people for each guided tour and 200 people for each performance representation)

–No reservations possible at the reception of heritage sites.

–Masks required for guided tours and shows (except for children under 11)


Châteaubriant Castle

Grand Patrimoine de Loire-Atlantique
Place du Général de Gaulle
Tel. +33 (0)2 40 28 20 20
Fax +33 (0)2 40 28 20 28