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On Futuroscope road, make a stopover at Chatellerault. This city with a rich past is a privileged stopover for heritage lovers or for vacationers looking forfamily activities. Also discover the cultural and natural riches of its surroundings during your holidays in France.

Discover the rich industrial and cultural heritage of Châtellerault

Chatellerault constitutes an important step on the way to Santiago de Compostela. Less than 30 minutes from the Futuroscope Park, this city reveals a rich and varied historical heritage, which will appeal to young and old alike.

The Blossac theatre, architectural jewel of the city

The Blossac Theater is THE must-see monument to visit in Châtellerault. Installed in the mid-nineteenthth century in an old church, it was created on the model of Italian theatres. It underwent a major identical restoration between 2011 and 2013. Learn the history of this red and gold playhouse during'a guided visit and discover behind the scenes by exploring the ceremonial spaces and their different levels (parterre, balconies and chicken coop). Access the stage cage and part of the machinery, as well as the scenery store. This fascinating visit ends with the viewing of a film retracing the impressive restoration.

La Manu, a multifaceted site

Venture on the site of the Châtellerault arms factory, nicknamed the Manu. Today, this former industrial site is an unmissable place of culture and leisure for the whole family. Have fun discovering the different spaces of the Manu, accessible on foot.
Put on your skates for the La Forge ice rink and venture into the bowl of the skate-park on the edge of Vienne. Take to the skies with Vilmouth towers, old chimneys of the Manufacture, which offer a 360° view of the city and the Châtellerault national forest. Is it time for lunch? Spread your picnic tablecloth in the director's garden and enjoy a green setting to bask, walk and end the day in style.

The Grand Atelier on the Manu site in Chatellerault©Thomas JELINEK – Agence Zebrelle

The Le Grand Atelier Museum, dedicated to art and industry

The Grand Atelier is Châtellerault's museum of art and industry. Built on the site of the city's former Arms Factory since 1969, the museum now occupies part of the former assembly and finishing workshop.

Le Grand Atelier offers 3 exhibition spaces, covering an area of ​​more than 3 m²:
   •   Le Auto Moto Bike Museum, an exhibition of more than 200 old vehicles and objects
   •   The Manufacture d'Armes, where you can discover the industrial and social history of Châtellerault
   •   Le Black Cat Cabaret, a space dedicated to the famous Parisian cabaret of the Chat noir, created by Châtelleraudais Rodolphe Salis. Immerse yourself in the poetic atmosphere of the shadow theater and in the atmosphere of Montmartre at the end of the XNUMXth centuryth century.

Explore the historic sites near Chatellerault

Grand Châtellerault is a territory that is home to many treasures. During your visit to Châtellerault, take the time to admire its rich historical heritage and the many castles around.

The castle of Monthoiron, for a fun visit

La Tower-Fortress of Monthoiron reveals its secrets through several puzzles suitable for children: The Secret of Karmanor and Leonardo's Treasure. While having fun, discover the history of this tower, built according to the plans of Leonardo da Vinci.
Go on an adventure in the town of Monthoiron by discovering “The Humachai and the Curse of the Invisible Flower”, a game offered by the Grand Châtellerault tourist office. As a family, you have 2 hours to explore the town of Monthoiron and try to help the Humachaï people to overcome the curse, thanks to the accessories provided in the game backpack.

The Château des Ormes, architectural gem of the XNUMXth centuryth century

25 minutes north of Châtellerault, the Chateau des Ormes was erected on the edge of Vienne by the Pussort brothers, uncles of Colbert, in 1642. It housed famous guests like Voltaire. History and architecture lovers will be amazed. During your vacation in New Aquitaine, visit this architectural gem and admire the magnificent decorations and objects dating from the 18th century.th century.

The Château de Dissay, for a moment of relaxation in an exceptional location

Want a moment of relaxation? Discover the castle of Dissay, in the heart of the Poitevin countryside. This hotel-restaurant halfway between Poitiers and Châtellerault opens its doors to you for memorable moments as a couple or as a family. Treat yourself to a culinary getaway at Gourmet restaurant Ô Dissay in a refined setting. End your day enjoying a moment of 100% well-being at the Dissay Castle Spa. The hotel provides a pool area, hammam et sauna and 3 treatment rooms duo.

Castle of Dissay©Claire COULARDEAU – ACAP

And if you explore the Châtelleraudais while having fun? The geocaching app Tèrra Aventura offers several courses in the area. A treasure hunt that will entertain children and adults alike!

Visit the most beautiful villages and natural parks around Châtellerault

During your stay between the castles of the Loire and the Futuroscope park, take the time to discover the small villages of the singular beauty of Grand Châtellerault and the natural spaces of the territory.

Angles-sur-l'Anglin, a picturesque village

If there is a village to visit in the vicinity of Châtellerault, it is Angles-sur-l'Anglin ! This village, classified among the "Most Beautiful Villages of France", owes its picturesque beauty to the presence of imposing bare rocks overlooking the Anglin. Walk through its lower town along the banks of the river and reach the upper town by the stairs. Walk the narrow streets of the village to the ruins of the castle and admire the splendor of the view.

Saint-Rémy-sur-Creuse and its troglodyte village

Be impressed by Saint-Remy-sur-Creuse and its chalk cliff, riddled with troglodytes. These caves were places of refuge during the invasions of the French, when the village depended on the crown of England. These fortified spaces were then inhabited by families of hemp weavers. Discover the troglodyte village during audio-guided tours ou with Tèrra Aventura while enjoying a magnificent view of the surrounding valley.

Career Tèrra Aventura in Saint-Rémy-sur-Creuse©Sylvain BIGET – Agence Zebrelle

La Roche-Posay and its spa heritage

Located near Futuroscope and Châtellerault, La Roche-Posay is a village known for its thermal water and its beauty products with healing and soothing benefitss. This ancient medieval city also offers other lovely discoveries during your stay in the countryside. During a walk in the historic heart of La Roche-Posay, observe the remains of the old fortified town. From the Bourbon gate, dating from the XNUMXthth century, stroll the cobbled streets and do not miss the Notre-Dame church as well as the dungeon, the only remnant of the castle that once overlooked the city. Discover the thermal heritage of La Roche-Posay by visiting the Pink Pavilion.

For a weekend of pure relaxation, take the time to read our suggestions on the spas of the Vienne.

The Domaine du Lac de Saint-Cyr, for a nature break

Located between Poitiers and Châtellerault, the Domaine du Lac de Saint-Cyr is ideal for spending a rejuvenating day with the family in the heart of nature. On site, find many land and water activities for adults and children. On a 300 hectare site, enjoy a swimming in the lake, beautiful walks on marked trails or a bucolic lunch on picnic areas.

Beach at the Parc du Lac de Saint-Cyr©Pomme verte-LibelLab

The Pinail national nature reserve to observe the fauna and flora

Between ponds and meadows, discover the fauna and flora of Pinail National Nature Reserve.
Time for a 2-hour walk on a trail, live a unique moment with your family, meeting frogs, water lilies and dragonflies.

The Pinail nature reserve is home to remarkable fauna, to be observed in winter and summer.

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