Le Mans Travel Guide

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Le Mans Things to Do

  • Musée 24 heures

    I am a car fan, and been all my life since my University days in Daytona Beach Florida USA; all over the car is king. I have attended several 24hrs of Daytona, Daytona 500, Firecracker 400, and the Daytona 200 motocycle races. Coming to France, have heard and Watch the 24 hours of Le Mans.I am so bless to live only about 3 hrs from the circuit 24...

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  • Cathedral Saint Julien ,interiors

    The Cathedral has two other entries in older and exteriors as well as this one, and maybe more, its all Worth it, a must to come here. A marvel can't describe it.The parrish Church site is here in Frenchhttp://www.cathedraledumans.fr/renseignements-paroisse/accueilthe city info on it in...

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  • Cathedral Saint Julien -exteriors

    This is a marvel and just enough to come here to see it. love it.The parrish Church site is here in Frenchhttp://www.cathedraledumans.fr/renseignements-paroisse/accueilthe city info on it in Frenchhttp://www.lemans.fr/page.do?t=2&uuid=5C30F762-C0A8006E-007F1316-32C1E099You have the tourist office in contact. This is the second tip on it, the other...

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  • Church Notre Dame de la Couture

    Wonderful Church next to the government prefecture regional house and off gén leclerc can go straight to train station;from it the Church would be on your right hand side.From the outiside it looks as any other Church, I was hesitant to go in, but once Inside you will see its a jewel to be visited while in town a must.The site for the Catholic...

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  • Church Notre Dame de la Couture, II

    This is such a wonderful Church with many statues and chapels that I need to put another section on it.Its a must to visit next to the government building of the prefecture and on the Gen Leclerc you go directly to the Train station.A wonderful Roman art still to be seen a must while in town.see other tip on it here. And enjoy the photos.

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  • Plantagenet area house

    The half timbered houses of Le Mans. Note the stones protecting building from traffic. Pictures show Red Pillar house and the Keys Pllar house { Aux Cles ] built in the 14th century TIP Wear strong shoes everywhere is cobbles

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Le Mans Hotels

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  • Ibis Le Mans Centre

    ok I drive here or take the train on business but no need for hôtels close to me .However, this is...

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  • Hotel Emeraude

    18-20, rue Gastelier, Le Mans, 72000, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Kyriad Le Mans Sud

    Rue Des Pins, Mulsanne, Le Mans, 72230, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Le Mans Restaurants

  • lets do it southwest Italian

    Well we were walking around seeing things, shopping and taking photos and voilà it was lunch time or we missed the meal....so from the Cathedral and before we hit it, we came in front got into a street walk a bit and came upon this modern clean cut restaurant with a southwestern France name as Le Capitole (Toulouse).Doing pizzas is our thing with...

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  • Menu at 10€!!

    One of those places that you go into because you're freezing your n**s off, and then are very glad that you did. There is of course an a la carte menu, but every day there is a menu at 10€. At first I thought yeah ok, for 10€ we're still going to be hungry afterwards. Not a bit of it!!! Hors d'oeuvre, main meal, dessert, a coffee and a glass of...

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  • Well worth the money...

    Nicely placed in the centre of the old part of Le Mans, just opposite the Town Hall and 5 minutes from the cathedral, I really enjoyed my meal here. Fortunately we had reserved as it was quite full, including the outside terrace. Waiters and waitresses were always smiling and polite, going out of their way to be nice with the grandchildren (never...

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Le Mans Nightlife

  • movies cinema delights Pathé

    This is a wonderful modern big cinema and part of a great chain of movie houses in France. PathéWe came by car but walk to it if you do come direct here by car the best parking and one of the best in the city is at Quinconces, you follow direction Centre-ville Cathédrale, place des Jacobins. There is also a nearby parking at Jacobins smaller and on...

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  • Operas, plays, music Quinconces

    nice modern building in a spacious square at place des jacobins, overlooking the impressive Cathedral St Julien.This is the theater of Quiniconces.open mornings and afternoon evenings to 19h; You can here by tramway line 2, stop/ arrêt Jacobins / Quinconces. or by local buses no 22, 33, 4 and 11,stop/ arrêt Jacobins / Quinconces or line 9,...

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  • Not really a nightlife kind of...

    Not really a nightlife kind of place, although the fountains in the gardens are great to see in the evenings.

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Le Mans Transportation

  • How to come in and out Le Mans

    I come here by car and often more by train. The ways to get here normally easy are on the autoroutes A11 : Paris, Angers and Nantes, A28 : Alençon, Caen, Rouen, A28 and A85 : Tours and Lyon, A28 and A10 : Tours and Bordeaux, and A81 : Rennes. You can do the D357 to the D338 as I do too avoiding tolls.best route planner here is...

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  • Drive to Le Mans

    Most will come from Paris on the autoroute A11 with tolls or the A13 /A12/N12 without tolls. its a wonderful ride and all well signage.I now comes from the west and get on the N24 direction Rennes, there on the rocade sud take the N157 direction Vitré/Laval. By Laval it becomes the D57 on the intersection with St Berthevin take the D900 and briefly...

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  • Gare du Mans train station

    A very nice modern train station right upon the footsteps of the city of Le Mans. You have the main address at Place du 8 mai 1945 but also from the Blvd Robert Jarry.One official site in English ishttp://www.gares-en-mouvement.com/en/fraet/votre-gare/You have history of train station here since 1848 and the first train arrives in 1854. In 1937 it...

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Le Mans Shopping

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  • market days at Le Mans

    wonderful market for the rillettes du mans the famous meats of the region the market are the best place to get it, and the markets are all over here, field day at LE MANSTuesdaysPlace Édouard de la Boussinière (opening cartons and food market) : 7h -12h30
Cité des Maillets (opening cartons and food) : 7h- 12h30WednesdaysPlace du Jet d'Eau -...

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  • breads and sweets galore

    We saw this one in La Rochelle and it was nice, so we came in again here at Le Mans and it was the same pleasant shopping experience; great products breads and sweetsOpen Mondays to Saturdays from 7h45 to 19h45 Its double whammy, half bakery, half sandwicherie, allows it to expand its range of products without reducing the quality of its...

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  • groceries in a hurry

    part of the biggest supermarket chain in France and No 2 in the world, the city concept was done to have stores in city center of small size with the most needed items for the city person or for the visitor on the run.open weekly from 7h to 22h and Sundays from 9h to 13h. There are 3 in town, the one I saw was nearer the train station.The stores...

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Le Mans Local Customs

Le Mans Warnings and Dangers

  • not a warning but will help a pharmacy

    A pharmacy in France is a powerful allied and we notice when we see a good one. Especially in winter months when the colds sprung up if in need they are always available.Not to mention the visitors in need of medication.This one is very central and well stocked ,friendly service and good to know. It is at 7 Rue Jankowski, not far from place de la...

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  • No real danger. Just hang on...

    No real danger. Just hang on to your purse or wallet and don't do anything you wouldn't do in your own hometown.

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  • IT'S A BIT DANGEROUS RIDING ON...

    IT'S A BIT DANGEROUS RIDING ON SOME OF THE SMALLER ROADS AT NIGHT..AND THEY CAN BE SLIPPERY IF FARM TRAFFIC HAS BEEN ON THEM....MY ADVICE IS GET TO YOUR DESTINATION THERE EARLY.

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Le Mans Tourist Traps

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    If you take a tour of the...

    by sls_2001 Written Aug 26, 2002

    If you take a tour of the castle, the best way is to go in a group tour and pay the top price so you can see the King's private quarters and the Opera house. Very cool places.

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Le Mans Off The Beaten Path

  • Collégiale Saint Pierre la Cour

    This is an old Church now use as an arts center. It is to the left of the Cathedral St Julien which you can see coming off the Place des Jacobins, exactly at Rue des Fossés Saint-Pierre.Here was a Church from 865AD , there was a new Church here as Saint-Pierre in the 10C by the count Hugues; fire destroyed and rebuilt in 1175 by Henri II...

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  • Church of Saint Benoit

    Very nice Church crossing the river Sarthe to the right of the ramparts along place Saint Benoit leading to rue Gambetta to Place de la République.St. Benedict Church (Church of Saint Benoit) was built for the first time in the 12C and then rebuilt in the 15-16C on the ruins of gallo-Roman and Merovingian. It was greatly damaged in later which led...

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  • Chapelle de la Visitation

    The books of history and the city name it the Church of the Visitation and the parrish named its Chapel of the Visitation; what I saw on the building it was named Chapelle de la Visitation. Built in 1634.In 1792, the 33 religious in the convent was expelled and taken prisioners in the nearby prison of des Ursulines. The enclosure and garden were...

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Le Mans Sports & Outdoors

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    Drive the Racing Circuit and See the...

    by hquittner Written Jul 12, 2007

    Le Mans is famous for its 24-hr motor road races. There is also a track for motorcycles and within the precinct is a horserace track. I cannot drive and take pictures at the same time and so there is no illustration. Most of the circuit is typical well paved country roads except for two very abrupt right angle bends and a hairpin turn near the stands (which we did not drive).It progresses by D139, 140 & 138. We did this early one morning in May (one month before the annual event) ostensibly to interest our 10 yr old grandson, but it was too early and he dozed off. He also showed no desire to explore "those old cars" or even look at the grandstand. (A decade later he is still moaning over the lost opportunity, I should have MADE him look). So, I have driven Le Mans (but not the Bugatti circuit).

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Le Mans Favorites

  • Walk Le Mans

    another wonderful town to walk in the old quarters of Le Mans. Walking is good for you and see more of the local flavor, architecture and history.I passed by Le mans often and always try to sneak into the town a bit, with the family visited several years back, alone I go my way on business route and its always a pleasure to stop by Mans...The...

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  • have a map of the old city...

    have a map of the old city center.Office de Tourisme (Visitor Center) : Hôtel des Ursulines - Rue de l4etoile - 72000 - Le Mans - 332.43.28.17.22 - Fax : 332.43.23.37.19 - www.ville-lemans.fr Click to enlarge

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  • It's actually Versailles, this...

    It's actually Versailles, this is the closest I could get to it on the cities list Versailles is the huge castle built by Louis XIV and you can spend an entire day walking through the gardens. All of it is beautiful

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