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Puy Du Fou

Access:

  • By car:
    A87 motorwway, exit nro. 28.
  • By train:
    Angers TGV Station then you must arrive in a shuttle bus.
  • By Shuttle bus:
    You can take the service from:
    The Angers TGV Station and the Puy Du Fou (only available if booked in advance)
    It’s free of charge for children under 5 years.
  • By plane:
    The nearest airport is Nantes Atlantique Airport.

Admission:


Puy du Fou entry cost for a day is around $40 for adults and $25 for children. It gives access to all shows.
For detailed information: Puydufou.com

Oppening hours:


It is open from 10am to 7pm every day. Check the times here: http://www.puydufou.com

Description:


Puy du Fou is a unique theme park. Represents eras and events from history and creates shows which will make you admire almost 2000 years of French history. Many consider the park as a "show park", because the features day and night, take visitors through the centuries in 40 hectares of wooded French countryside.

A thousand farm and wild animals, including horses, birds of prey, lions, tigers, wolves, deer, ostriches, sheep, hens, geese and donkeys live there. The park is split into five attractions, each running for about 40 minutes. They are shown several times throughout the day, scheduled around visitor numbers to avoid queues.

The Secret of the Lance is set in front of the battlements of a Middle Ages castle. Its story is of a young shepherdess defending alone her donjon, the fortified main castle tower, from English knights. She is helped by a lance with supernatural powers.

The Gladiators show takes place in a 115m-long amphitheatre, a replica of the Colosseum in Rome called the Gallo-Roman. Gladiator battles are re-enacted using stunt actors, horse chariots and lions and tigers performing in the atmosphere of Gaul during Roman times. Eighty actors, 45 horses, eight big cats and 60 other animals take you back to the third century BC.

The Ball of the Phantom Birds is held in the ruins of a castle. Dozens of birds of prey surge out of a ghostly dovecote and swoop around the dungeon. It's incredibly dramatic and perfectly choreographed. No wonder it is described as a ballet in the sky. No mean feat — it took around 20 years to succeed in getting 150 birds to fly around at the same time. Around 400 of them, including owls, falcons, eagles, vultures, pelicans and storks, are trained at Puy du Fou's Falconry Academy.

No expense has been spared with the shows, and just when you think it's over, there are more surprises. Headsets are invaluable. Everything is in French and through the headsets you can hear everything in English — or whatever language you choose.

Between shows, visitors wander around the villages scattered throughout the park. There's no pretend scenery — everything is authentic.

The park has three hotels. Clovis Island has 50 thatched-roof and half-timbered huts built on stilts and forming a village. Interiors ensure historical authenticity, but with more comfort. Granite wash basins, oak beds and wooden furniture can have you thinking you are in the Middle Ages. Merovee's Banquet restaurant, also on stilts, serves good food and has a bar.


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