Days Out: Mayenne (53)

AJ Hackett - Bungy
The worlwide bungy jumping chain, with the French location being in Normandy. Just over the Loire region border at the Viaduc de la Souleuvre, La Ferriere Harang (14).
La Roe Abbey
Impressive abbey founded in the 11th century with a moat and monastic gardens. Guided visits available from May to September. In La Roe (53).
Musee Archeologique Departemental
Archaeological museum at 13 rue de la Liberation in the old Roman town of Jublains (53).
Cider Museum
Cider tasting and shop at La Durtiere, Melleray la Vallee (53).
Musee Communal Robert Tatin
Started in 1962 by Robert Tatin and containing his sculptures and paintings in the genre of mythic and imaginary characters. Exhibitions include films of his life and temporary exhibitions of other artists work. At La Frenouse, Cosse-le-Vivien (53).
Chateau de Levare
Situated to the north of Mayenne (53), this Chateau is open to the public from July 1 to September 30 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:00.
Jardins des Renaudies
Over 3000 plants of different species can be found in this beautiful undulating garden in Colombiers du Plessis (53) which is open from 1 April to 14 October on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 13:30-18:00 and Sundays from 14:00-19:00.
Espace Culturel Louis Derbre
Louis Derbres workshop open to the public to witness the creation of sculptures in bronze, marble or stone. At rue Pierre et Marie Curie in Ernee (53).
Lactopole Andre Besnier
Museum dedicated to traditional milk production. Open all year round for visits, from Monday to Saturday. At 18 rue Adolphe Beck, Laval (53).
Le Refuge de lArche
Animal park with 1,500 animals in natural surroundings on 14 hectares of land. Childrens playground, picnic areas. On the Route de Menil Saint Fort in Chateau Gontier (53).
Vieux Chateau and Musee dArt Naif de Laval
11th century chateau with over a hundred Naive paintings offering guided, hourly visits. At Place de la Tremoille, Laval (53).
Chateau de Goue
An imposing chateau built in the 16th century from granite. Open at weekends between 14:00 to 20:00 from April to September. Group visits available all year round by appointment. At route de la Doree in Fourgerolles-du-Plessis (53).
Canalous Mayenne
Boats available for navigation on the river Mayenne (53). No licence required. At Le Port in Daon (53).
Walnut Grove Cookery School
5-day hands-on gourmet cookery courses. Two professional chefs to a maximum of eight clients. Learn professional style presentation skills. Enhance existing abilities, all skill levels welcome.

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