Best time to go to the town on Friday

Best time to go to the town on Friday

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Philip-8km5h

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36 posts

15 months

Monday 11th June
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Looking for a bit of advice here, please :-D

I'm doing my second Le Mans this year with the wife, and also my best mate is in tow for his first visit to the 24H. Last time, we didn't make it into the town. We spent the day just hanging around the circuit area and campsite, so naturally this year I'd like to hear to the town to maybe see the driver's parade, or maybe even a car show elsewhere if something else is on?

Recommendations please! Are there any particular times that the town are super busy and to be avoided?

Cheers,
Phil.

L500

361 posts

170 months

Monday 11th June
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Presuming you're taking the tram, the earlier the better. It get's very busy with Le Mans goers, let alone the locals getting on (or trying to) at every stop. It's my worse 30 minutes of the weekend! So, I'd recommend going 'early' i.e. around 12/ish, have a mooch about the Old Town which is worth a look and then head to main square.

IN51GHT

7,964 posts

142 months

Monday 11th June
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Where is the tram station to get on & off, not been that far in my past visits.

Charlie san

79 posts

67 months

Monday 11th June
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Place de la Repulique. The tram is not that bad if you live in London biggrin

We normally do the pitwalk in the morning and head to the centre around 2ish. If the weather is fine earlier the better, I agree smile

RL17

509 posts

25 months

Monday 11th June
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IN51GHT said:
Where is the tram station to get on & off, not been that far in my past visits.
Looks like just outside East entree/gate - Antares near (just SW of) MM Arena inside Tertre Rouge/start of Mulsanne (reasonably close to Premier Vert if you can drop in there for a drink if you're with 1st tickets etc), but it's a quite a long way from Bleu Nord

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Hennerzj

3 posts

3 months

Monday 11th June
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What town are you talking about? I heard a lot of people go over to the Hotel du France

StevieBee

6,612 posts

187 months

Monday 11th June
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Apologies for nicking a bit of this one but we're taking bikes this year for the first time. Is the trip doable on a bike (I know that technically it is but is it practical?).

rlw

2,650 posts

169 months

Monday 11th June
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We always used to go into Le Mans on Friday before lunch. You can park at that time of the day, and get a nice lunch too. Mooch around in the afternoon and get a decent place for the drivers parade.

The tram is very convenient and you can pick it up in a couple of places (at least) at the circuit, and it will drop you off right in the centre of town.

The old town is very interesting on account of being largely medieval. Even more amazing, and I have to admit to a certain amount of shame given that we discovered this on our 32nd consecutive visit, are the Roman remains at the base of the old town, next to the river.

You can cycle from the circuit into the middle of town in, I should have thought, about 15/20 minutes maximum.

Edited by rlw on Monday 11th June 19:36

Dblue

2,841 posts

132 months

Monday 11th June
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Tram goes from Antares near the football stadium or the gate just at Tertre Rouge corner . Get off at Place De La Republique and walk down to the Place De Jacobins outside the cathedral which is the start and end point for the parade.Great atmosphere in town on friday

Drax

11 posts

3 months

Tuesday 12th June
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Is it possible to do PitWalk, Great British Welcome AND get a decent spot for Drivers Parade? Are there many public conveniences open in town?

fatboy18

15,357 posts

143 months

Tuesday 12th June
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Drax said:
Is it possible to do PitWalk, Great British Welcome AND get a decent spot for Drivers Parade? Are there many public conveniences open in town?
The Answer is yes, but You would need to limit your times and be in a convenient place to get your car out.
Get up early and do the pit walk, not sure what time it opens? Then do GBW or the mulsanne corner car show, (I always like to drive a bit of the circuit).

Now depending weather or not you plan on drinking biggrin dump car back at campsite and get the tram to the city centre, get off at central republic,
the large square is full of beer stands, there is also on the other side of the tram lines a public toilet. plenty of bars with toilets. the streets will be busy but you will be able to find a spot.
Keep an eye on time when doing the pit walk.

Philip-8km5h

Original Poster:

36 posts

15 months

Tuesday 12th June
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Some great suggestions here, thanks everyone for posting!

We’re going to have bikes this time so planning on avoiding the public transport.

I think early pit walk, then trip to town followed by car show sounds like a great combo!

L500

361 posts

170 months

Tuesday 12th June
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Dblue said:
Tram goes from Antares near the football stadium or the gate just at Tertre Rouge corner . Get off at Place De La Republique and walk down to the Place De Jacobins outside the cathedral which is the start and end point for the parade.Great atmosphere in town on friday
Or you can get on at Guetteloup which is convenient if you're nearer Tetre Rouge exit of the track. Agree, great atmosphere on the Friday in the town. Top tip, there is a public loo on the McDonalds side of the square (albeit not the most peasant, but usually quite quick) as the bar loo's will be rammed.

fatboy18

15,357 posts

143 months

Tuesday 12th June
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Philip-8km5h said:
Some great suggestions here, thanks everyone for posting!

We’re going to have bikes this time so planning on avoiding the public transport.

I think early pit walk, then trip to town followed by car show sounds like a great combo!
The drivers Parade is late afternoon early evening so there will not be any car shows after the drivers parade.

So Pit Walk, car shows then Drivers Parade. wink

Philip-8km5h

Original Poster:

36 posts

15 months

Tuesday 12th June
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rlw

2,650 posts

169 months

Tuesday 12th June
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There is also a public loo in the Jacobins shopping centre. It's very small and hot but usually very clean. A couple of thousand race fans will not make it any nicer though......

//j17

2,996 posts

155 months

Tuesday 12th June
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StevieBee said:
Apologies for nicking a bit of this one but we're taking bikes this year for the first time. Is the trip doable on a bike (I know that technically it is but is it practical?).
I think the big question is, how much are you going to drink...?

Getting in is easy. Getting back when you're hammered, not so much.

Philip-8km5h

Original Poster:

36 posts

15 months

Tuesday 12th June
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//j17 said:
StevieBee said:
Apologies for nicking a bit of this one but we're taking bikes this year for the first time. Is the trip doable on a bike (I know that technically it is but is it practical?).
I think the big question is, how much are you going to drink...?

Getting in is easy. Getting back when you're hammered, not so much.
Yep, this is indeed the question. I'm quite a seasoned pissed cyclist, so I think I'll be alright. The missus however...!

Dblue

2,841 posts

132 months

Tuesday 12th June
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I'd jump on the trams personally, easy and regular service

RobIpswichUK

206 posts

93 months

Tuesday 12th June
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Talking of other places to visit. On Friday in Arnage is a car show (with parade over the lunch period), which might be worth a look.