A major patrimonial site in Anjou, an official historic monument since 1931, the Château duPlessis-Bourré is a handsome building combining medieval rigor and Renaissance elegance. Constructed in only five years (1468-1473), it offers testimony to the wealth and largesse of its owner and only sponsor,  Jean Bourré. Confidant of Louis XI, Grand Treasurer of the King, he gave his name to a château that has remained practically intact since the 15th century.

Open to the public since 1955, Le Plessis-Bourré is one of the rare châteaux possessing a “transition” (early Louis XVI) style. With its integrally conserved defensive system, it exudes the charm of a late Middle Ages fortress. But with its elegance, its arcaded ambulatory, its high mullioned windows and its comfortable interiors, it announces the Renaissance. It is consequently a double-faceted château that visitors will discover just a few kilometers from Angers. The medieval towers bordered by wide moats hide a vast courtyard of honor bounded by intricately crafted facades.

While the exterior has not been modified since the Middle Ages, the interiors of the Plessis-Bourré château present a broad spectrum depicting the evolution of its furnishings over the centuries.  In the dining room, a rare collection of Asian-style chairs and armchairs stands alongside a Louis XV sedan chair, which was used by Catherine Deneuve in the 1970 filming of Peau d’Âne.

From an amazing Mazarin study to impressive armor, each room contains its own share of wonders. On the upper floor, with its unique coffered ceiling, the guard room is perhaps the most astonishing of them all,. Dated 1480, it is dotted with a number of references to alchemy, thereby bearing testimony to a philosophy of natural life that achieved renewed prominence during the Middle Ages.

Since its erection more than five centuries ago, the Château du Plessis-Bourré has known a number of changes in ownership. In 1911, Henri Vaïsse was won over by the imposing Anjou structure.  His nephew, of whom today’s proprietors are among the descendants, were instrumental in opening the château to the public. Since 1955, it is with passion and in a spirit of sharing that each year, its authentic and familial character is perpetuated as numerous special events enliven the signally historic heritage castle: Easter festivities, the  Rendez-vous aux jardins (garden gathering), Napoleon days, the international night of the bat, the tourney of the order of Saint Michael, Halloween and the Christmas market.  These different activities and performances suitable for persons of all ages showcase the site.

Open for all and addressed to each visitor, the château of Plessis-Bourré is a venue where families are welcome to discover chapters from the history of France within the high tufa walls of an ancient yet contemporary source of education and pleasure.

Photo gallery of Château du Plessis-Bourré

Visits

  • Free individual visits
  • Guided individual tours
  • Guided individual tours on request
  • Groups welcome from 20 people up to 50 people
  • Guided group tours
  • Guided group tours on request
  • Group educational visits
  • Average duration of the group visit : 1h15
  • Available languages
    • Parlées : French, German, English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch

Activities

Opening time

From February 09 to March 31, 2019
MondayClosed
Tuesday02 PM - 06 PM
Wenesday02 PM - 06 PM
Thursday02 PM - 06 PM
Friday02 PM - 06 PM
Saturday02 PM - 06 PM
Sunday02 PM - 06 PM
Details on opening hours : départ des visites guidées à 15h
From April 03 to June 30, 2019
MondayClosed
Tuesday02 PM - 06 PM
Wenesday10 AM - 06 PM
Thursday10 AM - 06 PM
Friday10 AM - 06 PM
Saturday10 AM - 06 PM
Sunday10 AM - 06 PM
Details on opening hours : départ des visites guidées à 11h /15h et 16h30
From July 01 to August 29, 2019
Monday10 AM - 06 PM
Tuesday10 AM - 06 PM
Wenesday10 AM - 06 PM
Thursday10 AM - 06 PM
Friday10 AM - 06 PM
Saturday10 AM - 06 PM
Sunday10 AM - 06 PM
Details on opening hours : départ des visites guidées à 11h /15h et 16h30
From 01 to September 30, 2019
MondayClosed
Tuesday02 PM - 06 PM
Wenesday10 AM - 06 PM
Thursday10 AM - 06 PM
Friday10 AM - 06 PM
Saturday10 AM - 06 PM
Sunday10 AM - 06 PM
Details on opening hours : départ des visites guidées à 11h /15h et 16h30
From 01 to October 30, 2019
MondayClosed
Tuesday02 PM - 06 PM
Wenesday02 PM - 06 PM
Thursday02 PM - 06 PM
Friday02 PM - 06 PM
Saturday02 PM - 06 PM
Sunday02 PM - 06 PM
Details on opening hours : départ des visites guidées à 15h
From 01 to November 30, 2019
MondayClosed
Tuesday02 PM - 06 PM
Wenesday02 PM - 06 PM
Thursday02 PM - 06 PM
Friday02 PM - 06 PM
Saturday02 PM - 06 PM
Sunday02 PM - 06 PM
Details on opening hours : visites guidées les samedis et dimanches à 15h

Prices

Children's price - de 7 ans

Full adult price : from € 9.50 to € 9.50 Visite libre

Full adult price : from € 11.00 to € 11.00 Visite guidée

Children's price : from € 6.00 to € 7.00 7 à 15 ans

Further information

Payment method

  • Credit card
  • Cheques and postal orders
  • Holiday vouchers

Services and equipments

  • Shop
  • Picnic area