Le Bois Orcan

A château and medieval gardens mingled with contemporary sculptures
Historic site and monument, Castle, Park and garden at Noyal-sur-Vilaine

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  • Explore the Château of the Bois Orcan [Orcan woodland] close to Rennes, a joyous architectural celebration of the 15th century built by Julien Thierry, Finance Superintendent to Anne de Bretagne, and contemplate the works of the sculptor Etienne Martin in the grounds.

    This baronial hall has been returned to its original splendour following a full restoration. The rooms house an important collection of furniture and medieval objects that bear witness to the way of life in the era of Charles VIII and Anne of Bretagne. Close to the castle moat is the Jardin de la Fontaine de Vie (Garden of the Fountain of Life): this is a garden of medieval proportions created by Alain Richert. The place’s unusually beauty is manifested in its three-part composition – the Cour d’amour (Court of Love), the Fontaine de Vie (Fountain of Life) and the Jardin de curiosités (Garden of Curiosities) – all of them places of olfactory and visual delight. The Bois Orcan also presents the Athanor, a mecca for the work of the internationally renowned French sculptor Etienne Martin (1913-1995). The indoor museum is an opportunity to explore the diversity and richness of this artist’s works whilst the sculpture park, designed in partnership with Etienne Martin himself, showcases his monumental bronze works particularly his famous ‘Demeures’ (Dwellings’).
  • Environment
    • In the country
    • Nearby trekking route
    • Outskirts of town
  • Spoken languages
    • fr*
  • Activities
    • Special theme activity
    • Children's workshop
    • Lectures
Payment methods
  • Debit cards
  • Cheques and giro cheques
  • Cash
  • Rates 2020
  • Free
  • Standard rate - adult full price
    From 8 € to 13 €
  • Child rate
    From 5 €
  • Reduce rate
    From 7 €
  • From June 2, 2020 until June 30, 2020
  • From June 6, 2020 until June 7, 2020
  • From September 7, 2020 until September 25, 2020
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