Le Mans, France

Guide for the rail traveller


Local languageFrench
Country France


Le Mans may be well known for its 24 hour car race, but it holds many other treasures for visitors. The medieval old town is as charming as they come, with cobbled streets and well preserved 15th century houses. Portions of the old Roman walls remain, and in the summer months these are highlighted with a night time light show. Learn more about the city at the Carre Plantagenet museum and stroll through the parks; the Parc de Tesse is particularly interesting for its giant hourglass, it takes the sand approximately six months to trickle to the bottom. Le Mans is also home to a TV and radio transmitter, which at 342 metres is taller than the Eiffel Tower. The famous race takes place every June, when the population swells and temporary shops appear selling merchandise and souvenirs, so if you want to explore the town undisturbed avoid this time of year. Le Mans trivia: The 1990 film Cyrano de Bergerac starring Gerard Depardieu was filmed in the old town.

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