Fou historic theme park
near Cholet , Vendée Region:
Pays de la Loire
attractions and other
Nantes, les Sables d'Olonne, and other seaside
resorts of the Vendée coast.
airports to Puy du Fou
: Nantes, Poitiers, la Rochelle.
from Calais: Route
via A 16 > A28 Rouen Le Mans > A11 Angers and
Thea Classic Award, 2012
second most visited theme park in France, after Paris Disneyland, le
Puy du Fou historic theme park is the major tourist attraction in the
Vendée area of western France. In March 2012, at a ceremony
Angeles, it was awarded the prestigeous "oscar" of the theme park
industry, the Thea Award, as world's best theme park for 2012.
Founded in 1977 by a young local aristocrat with
a passion for history, Philippe de Villiers, the theme park has
developed from its original concept as a stage for
pageants, to become a multi-attraction historic theme park providing a
trip back in time to different ages and times of the past.
The theme park is located in the
extensive grounds of the ruined 16th century castle of Le Puy
du Fou, which was bought by the Vendee council in 1974, with the hope
of developing it into a tourist attraction. That hope has been more
Unlike many theme parks, le Puy du Fou is not
part of a large corporate enterprise, but is a joint effort run by a
grouping of local businesses and non-profit associations –
and is thus
a self-financing venture that is firmly anchored in local life.
A visit to the Puy du Fou theme park takes in a
series of action-packed shows – involving hundreds of actors,
swordsmen and volunteers – and a discovery of the park's
historic reconstructions, from Roman times to the Belle Epoque of the
Unlike Disneyland, le Puy du Fou –
sure that the attractions all provide a great visitor experience
takes pride in ensuring a fair degree of historical accuracy. The sets
and the shows are evocations of the world as it really was... with a
few special effects added in. A Roman arena, where gladiators
fight it out and charioteers race; a mediaeval village
attacked by a Viking longship, an 18th century village, or on a rather
note, the large indoor stage presenting the swashbuckling show called
"Richelieu's Musketeers". There is also a unique falconry display
called the Dance of the Phantom Birds, with over 100 trained birds of
prey swooping down out of the sky. And lots more.... in all fourteen
shows and four historic villages, an evening display of dance, light,
water and music, plus other attractions as well.
In the summer holiday period (June to
mid September), climax of the day is the famous
original event around which the Puy du Fou theme park has subsequently
developed and expanded. This magnificent after-dark
spectacular of light, fireworks, sound and action, set
backdrop of the old Château du Puy du Fou, has been seen over
by over 10 million spectators, and is the world's
biggest night-time show, lasting 1 hour and 40 minutes, involving 1200
actors and extras, and performed over a 50 acre stage.
du Fou practical
from the start of April to the end of September.
Puy du Fou ticket
► Entrance to the site, with daytime shows
One day: Adult: € 29 Children 5 - 13 :
Two days: Adult: € 43 Children 5 - 13 :
Entrance to the site, daytime shows +
Sat. from 9th June to 15th September)
One day: Adult: € 46 Children 5 - 13 :
Two days: Adult: € 58 Children 5 - 13:
under 5 : Free
Motorhome parking: Daytime -
free - Overnight: 5 €
TIP : Up to
on tickets if bought in advance on the
site (click the following image .
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Note that details of shows and pricing may change: for latest
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in western France