See the clock mechanism and visit the château amongst the timber-framed houses of Châteaugiron, designated a ‘Petite Cité de Caractère’ [small character town].
Châteaugiron developed around its château from the 13th century onwards, becoming more prosperous towards the end of the Middle Ages as the canvas sail industry expanded. The town’s unique historic town centre is very well-preserved and features significant remains of the medieval fortress, renovated between 1450 and 1470 by Jean de Derval. Of the six original towers, four are still standing: the 38 metre high 13th-15th century keep, built independently of the château, the 14th-15th century clock tower, a belfry during the French Ancien Regime, and the 15th century watchtower and Cardinal’s tower, whose elevated patrol paths with machicolation projections has been preserved. And if you can cope with the 150 steps to get there, Henrietta, the château bell will be pleased to meet you!