“Happy he who like Ulysse
has returned successful from his travels” …
Famous Renaissance poet Joachim Du Bellay was born in Liré in 1522 at the castle of La Turmelière. He founded The Pleiad (La Pléiade) with Ronsard, and wrote numerous collections of poems. Du Bellay was very fond of Anjou, his birth place, and continuously praised his orignins in his writings.
The Musée Joachim Du Bellay is located in a charming 16th century mansion house with turret, called “Le Grand Logis”, at the heart of the “Petit Lyré” region.
Five different rooms recount the “beau voyage” (beautiful trip) of the poet from the Loire riverbanks in the region of Angers to the splendid city of Rome. Once there, you will discover the poet and his work through an original exhibition to discover the ruins of the poet’s birth castle in La Turmelière.
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Open from March to October, Tuesday through Friday, 10.5am-12.5pm and 3-6pm
In April, May, June, open the 2 last Sundays 2.5pm-6pm
In July and August, open every Sundays, 2.5pm-6pm
French Bank Holidays : open on 1, 8 and 14 May & 14 July.
Last entrance: 30 minutes prior to closure
Independent visit with a document in English
Adult fare: 4€90
Reduced fare (students, disabled persons, unemployed persons,...) : 4€
Children fare: 3€, free under 10
Family fare : 10,30€ (2 adults + child/children)
Group fare (≥ 10people): 4€/person
Payment by cash only
Plan your visit...
From Angers or Nantes : take exit to Ancenis on A11 or D723 and follow « Sud Loire » and « Liré » directions. From Cholet follow D752 (Ancenis direction)
GPS : long 01°09’52’’O // Lat 47°20’32’’N
Car parking, bicycle racks and campgrounds available near-by
Picnic areas near-by
Cash machine near-by
Book shop and souvenir shop
Partial whellchair access to the Museum : two-floor building and stair.
Musée Joachim Du Bellay
Le Grand Logis
1, rue Ronsard
00 33 + (0)2 40 09 04 13
Download more information about Joachim Du Bellay : the poet, his birth castle and the museum history HERE