Chateau de Clisson

Chateau de Clisson

Chateau de Clisson
4.5
Ancient Ruins • Castles
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
About
The chateau de Clisson is a multi-facetted monument. It was an unassailable fortress, a Duke's residence and a Romantic ruin. Its stones survived the passing of time (from the 11th to the 19th century) and today, they tell many stories of very colorful characters.
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Iweinvanaalst
Lille, Belgium550 contributions
Jun 2021
Visitors should be aware that currently major conservation works are carried out at Clisson castle, causing the entire upper court and its barbican to be closed off to visitors. Therefore only the lower court and the “bastion des ormes” are accessible. Management hope to reopen the fenced off areas by the end of 2021.

Visitors should also be aware that there are no information panels inside the castle and there is neither information leaflet nor guidebook. Therefore it is imperative to participate in a guided tour if you want to know what you are looking at. Check the timetable in advance on the website.

I had the chance to be shown around by the lead historian of the site one on one. Our tour lasted about 75 minutes and my guide proved very friendly, knowledgeable and open to questions. She detailed the history of the castle, linked up with key events in the history of the duchy of Brittany and portrayed the layout and architectural evolution of the fortress.

I intend to return when the conservation work is completed and I am sure that then I will be able to award a higher score to Clisson castle. For the moment however I cannot grant more than ** stars for the edifice and a well deserved maximum of ***** stars to the guide.
Written July 10, 2021
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MikeyG53
Emersons Green, UK2,211 contributions
Aug 2019
My French friend and I decided to visit the Château de Clisson late in the afternoon whilst we were staying at the picturesque town of Clisson on La Sèvre Nantaise. This area is famous for its ‘Sèvre et Maine’ Muscadet wine and the town and its environs host many producers.

Our visit to the Château involved climbing a significant number of steps, as we started our journey from the river. The Château can also be approached from Clisson town centre, which is almost at the same level as the Château. So if you start your visit from the river you have a bit of a climb, and I would suggest the slower and more interesting climb via the town centre is better than via flights of steps.

The Château was due to close at 18:00 and it was already 17:15, but the cost to enter was only 3€ each so we decided to pay and enjoy a quick visit.

The Château itself is mainly ruins, but there were a number of different buildings and visitors were provided with information to make the visit interesting. The Château retains elements of being built over a number of centuries from the 11th to 15th century with some sections reworked over that time. The Château was abandoned by its owners in the late 18th Century and whilst it is now just a ruin it still provides good interest to the visitor with many very good opportunities to view different vistas of the town and wider countryside.
Written August 30, 2019
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steveclovelly
Truro, UK12 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Stopped here on way from Nantes via Cholet to the historical Puy du Fou theme park in the Vendee region in Western France. Free Parking nearby, Chateau de Clisson (part castle/ part chateau) has suffered neglect and damage over many years however, some restoration / damage limitation is underway. IMHO the prominent feature is the commanding view over the east side of the town and the Sèvre Nantaise river below. which flows over a weir and under an unusual multi-sized, multi- arch bridge .The town has many historical dwellings and churches and a 15th-century covered market hall. Canoe hire nearby for all ages with many shoot the weir. Charming picturesque.
Written July 2, 2019
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ian j
Usk, UK321 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
The chateau is medieval and is now a ruin - but in fairly good order. It is possible to visit and the surrounding grounds are well maintained and cared for.
Written May 11, 2019
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Arne S
London, UK266 contributions
Oct 2018 • Solo
This is an imposing and historical castle but why the authorities have decided to change the night colors every few seconds is impossible to contemplate. The result was to reduce a dignified structure to a tacky Disneyland impression.
Written October 26, 2018
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Hello Arne S., We regret that you have not appreciated the experience and we take note of your comment. Wishing you a great day. Gaëlle, Community manager
Written November 9, 2018
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tony b
Lliria, Spain1,167 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
I took the train to Clisson and the journey was great going through the Muscadet vineyards.
I was expecting to see a castle not ruins nevertheless, I enjoyed the visit and was able to use my imagination to see how it was in the past.
It was a bit of a job finding it but well worthwhile. Be warned there's a lot of up hill walking to get in and out
To top the visit the tourist office was offering free free wine tasting, Of course it was Muscadet
Written October 3, 2018
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niallmcheshire
Prestbury, UK225 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
Freindly staff
Not to expensive at 3euro each
Amazing location
Great views
Interesting history
Great place to go and even kids would like this pretty and safe castle to explore
Stop en route to your beach resort for a break from driving
Written August 30, 2018
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pauljonathan22
Paris, France30 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
The guided tour is well worth the extra 3€ if you speak French. Our guide was excellent, engaging with her audience and very knowledgeable.
Written August 24, 2018
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Annette B
Copenhagen, Denmark40 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
What a fantastic, and beautiful, historical place. As soon as we saw the castle, we were transported back in time. On the grass around the castle, there are info-boards (in english) that gives you an idea of the times and wars the city has been through.

When entering the castle you are met by very friendly staff - I still can't believe it's only 3€! The ticket gives access to 5(!) locations: "Châtau de Clisson", "Musée Dobrée", Château de Châteaubriant", "Domaine de la Garenne Lemot" and "Chapelle Saint-Sulpice".

The old part of the castle gave a unique insight in how they build - with the fireplaces, beautiful windows and guardpost. As we explored the ruins, we both had an inner soundtrack with sword fights, guards running and horses trotting.

The only negative is, that we did not put enough time of and only saw the castle - we have to return :)
Written July 13, 2018
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Karen B
Wales, UK31 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
We went into the town of Clisson, we visited the castle, disabled people get in for free and an adult is just 3 euro's, children to the age of 14 go for free as well. There is a booklet you get with all the information about what part you are in and to what went on there, it was a very interesting couple of hours, however it is not wheelchair friendly in some places but like me with a crutch you can get around being careful not to trip on the cobbled stones.
Written July 10, 2018
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