Things to see and do - Laval
Unmissable tourist sites
Laval Travel guide
Laval : Michelin's recommendations
Originating around the bridges and the fords which crossed the River Mayenne, Laval found prosperity thanks to the «toiles de Laval» (Laval cloth) at the time when linen work was flourishing. These days this has conceded its place to cotton and synthetic textiles. Perhaps it was the peaceful atmosphere here which gave birth to personalities such as Ambroise Paré, Alfred Jarry and Rousseau. But it is hard to believe the River Mayenne inspired François Gerbaut to cross the Atlantic single-handed!
Tourist attractions Laval : Things to see and do
pl. de La Trémoille F - 53000 Laval
This square pays homage to Antoine-Philippe de Talmont, Duke of La Trémoille who was the last Laval lord. The long Renaissance façade of the courthouse (1600) which was the new chateau , the laval Counts' residence, runs along the bottom of the squa..
pl. de la Trémoille F - 53000 Laval
As it is now, the chateau essentially dates from the 13 and 15C, brightened up in the 16C with bay and dormer windows made from white tuff rock. The crypt and the keep (wonderful 11C carpentry ) are the oldest. The rooms are decorated with pictures ..
pl. Trémoille F - 53000 Laval
Many paintings by Croat, German, Brazilian and French painters among them two Laval painters, Jules Lefranc and Henri Trouillard. The studio of the customs man Rousseau has been restored.
22 Rue De La Paix F - 53000 Laval
Situated in Laval city centre, near numerous shops and restaurants, the hotel offers a warm welcome and quality service. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with an en suite bathroom, a lounge area, and key card lock. Facilities for making hot dr..
7 Rue Du Marchis F - 53000 Laval
The Hôtel Périer Du Bignon is located in the Mayenne town of Laval. It has an outdoor swimming pool and spacious guestrooms with LCD TVs and free internet. The hotel's L'Epicurien restaurant serves gastronomic cuisine in the dining room overlooking ..
2-4 Carrefour aux Toiles F - 53000 Laval
Located in the centre of Laval, this hotel dating from the 17th-century is the oldest in the city and well-located for exploring the town’s chateau and Medieval city walls. It offers free Wi-Fi access in public areas and homemade jams at breakfast. ..
83 r. Victor Boissel F - 53000 Laval
A lovely traditional menu, with dishes made using regional and seasonal ingredients. Cosy, contemporary decor (cream tones, pale beams). Well-kept rooms for a stopover.
170 r. de Bretagne F - 53000 Laval
On the road to Rennes, you can recognise the building by its walls completely covered in Virginia creeper, but foodies know it for its tasty cuisine. Try dishes like joue de veau à l'ail (veal cheeks with garlic) or riz crémeux aux agrumes (creamy ri..
67 r. du Val-de-Mayenne F - 53000 Laval
In the heart of the historical centre, a lovely old façade and an elegant Art Nouveau decor. The restaurant is renowned in the town, and was taken over by a new team in 2010.
99 av. Robert-Buron F - 53000 Laval
Next to the train station, Edelweiss is a convivial restaurant with ethnic touches in the decor (paintings by a Franco-Senegalese artist). Traditional dishes prepared with real skill.
64 r. Vaufleury F - 53000 Laval
In the heart of the old town, L'Antiquaire proves a pleasant and cosy place. Hearty and classic cuisine, showing flashes of creativity.