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Puy du Fou I Epic Outdoor Entertainment Park

Known for its immersive, fun zones that bring history to life, Puy du Fou is a theme park in Les Epesses, France. From epic battles to mesmerizing performances, every moment at Puy du Fou is a thrilling adventure through time.

While there’s not a single ride in the park, over ten historic zones are ready to pique your interest at this historical theme park. Puy du Fou has garnered numerous awards for its immersive entertainment, making it a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and families. Keep reading to learn about the theme park, the ticket options, the best time to visit, and more!

Why Visit Puy du Fou?

Immersive Shows and Attractions
  • Great Family Destination: If you're looking for unforgettable family fun, Puy du Fou is your getaway spot. The theme park offers historical storytelling, live performances, kids' play areas, lovely gardens and so much more!
  • Magnificent Shows and Attractions: Puy du Fou features spectacular re-enactment shows, including fireball displays, swashbuckling re-enactments, chariot races, and sword fights.
  • World-Class Nighttime Show: The Cinéscénie is a must-see when at Puy du Fou. This 2-hour nighttime show features over 2,000 performers, horses, and special effects.
  • Beautiful Setting: Located in the heart of the Vendée region in France, the park is surrounded by forests, rivers, and lakes, making for a tranquil setting.

Puy du Fou Park & Shows

With around 20 performance shows ranging from period villages to spectacles, arenas, night shows, and nature, there is plenty to see inside Puy du Fou. Here are some of the must-see highlights:

Le Signe du Triomphe

Le Signe du Triomphe

The riveting historical performance of 'Le Signe du Triomphe' is an evocative recreation of the Roman Empire within a 6,000-seat Gallo-Roman Stadium. This production showcases compelling gladiatorial conflicts, intense chariot races, and daring acrobatics against a backdrop of historical authenticity. Audience engagement is invited through vocal participation, enhancing the immersive experience!

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Les Vikings

The show unfolds as an epic portrayal of the Viking invasions, highlighting the prowess and strength of these legendary warriors through a mesmerizing exhibition of martial arts and seafaring mastery. It's set in a meticulously reconstructed village with the backdrop of colossal flames, explosive pyrotechnics, and breathtaking illusions in this captivating performance.

The Phantom Bird Dance

Le Bal des Oiseaux Fantômes

Le Bal des Oiseaux Fantômes offers a captivating avian spectacle in a ruined castle. Hundreds of meticulously trained birds, including eagles, falcons, owls, and vultures, perform intricate aerial maneuvers, showcasing their majestic flight and acrobatics. The show, accompanied by enchanting music and stunning visual effects, promises a magical and unforgettable experience.

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Le Secret de la Lance

The grand medieval adventure of Le Secret de la Lance is set against the backdrop of the Hundred Years’ War. Follow the tale of Marguerite, a young shepherdess, unraveling the secrets of a powerful lance for enchanted protection. The performance showcases medieval sword fights, impressive equestrian jousting, acrobatics on horseback, and breathtaking stunts.

La Renaissance du Château

La Renaissance du Château

Set within the historic Puy du Fou Château, a classified monument and iconic Cinéscénie landmark, La Renaissance du Château is an immersive show that unveils a rediscovered Renaissance masterpiece. Witness the grandeur of the period through impressive sets, authentic costumes, and captivating special effects, which will transport you seamlessly back in time.

La Cinéscénie

La Cinéscénie

Produced by the Puy du Fou Association, La Cinéscénie unfolds on a vast 23-hectare stage, featuring over 2,000 actors, including volunteers, 130 horse riders, 80 technicians, 30 free-flying drones, 850 fireworks, and an impressive 28,000 costumes. Presenting a romanticized rendition of Vendée's history, it is the world's largest night-time show and a must-attend event for Puy du Fou visitors.

Know Before You Go

Getting There
Opening Hours

Puy du Fou has different opening hours during different seasons:

  • During Special Offer Season: 9:30 AM to 7 PM
  • During La Cinéscénie Season: 9:30 AM to 9 PM
  • During Les Noces de Feu Season: 9:30 AM to 10:30 PM

Best time to visit: Plan your visit between April, May, or September to November. These months boast delightful weather and fewer crowds, ensuring a tranquil and lovely experience as you immerse yourself in the enchanting world of history and spectacle.

  • By Train: To reach Puy du Fou, the nearest train station is Gare d'Angers Saint-Laud, approximately a 1-hour drive from the attraction. You can also take a shuttle service from the station. These services are offered thrice daily and will drop you to the theme park in 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  • By Car: For those driving to Puy du Fou, take the A87 motorway and exit at number 28. The park is conveniently located, with travel times of approximately 3 hours from Paris and Bordeaux, 2 hours from Poitiers, 1.5 hours from La Baule and La Rochelle, and 1 hour from Sables d'Olonnes, Nantes, and Angers. You can park the car on the premises.
  • There is a car park available on the premises.
  • Puy du Fou offers shuttle buses from the train station and the airport.
  • Take a food break at one of the several restaurants & bars at the park.
  • Restrooms throughout the theme park.
  • Buy souvenirs from the Bourg Berard's shops at Puy du Fou.
  • There are six themed hotels to stay at when visiting the park.
  • First aid services like doctors and nurses are available throughout the park.
  • There are baby nappy changing facilities and stroller services for a nominal fee.
  • Pay du Fou has free Wi-Fi
  • Self-service locker services are available near the entrance of the park.
  • You can leave your pet dog at the Canine Pension service.
  • You’re not allowed to wear a costume to Puy du Fou.
  • Personal transportation isn’t allowed within the premises except for mobility assistance vehicles with proof.
  • Weapons including but not limited to blades, box cutters, bombs, explosives, scissors, aerosols/gases) as well as drones, drugs, and drinks and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Toys resembling firearms are also prohibited. 
  • Children under 14 are to be accompanied by at least 1 adult.
  • Animals/pets with the exception of guide dogs are not allowed on-site.
  • Adhere to all safety instructions presented during shows.
  • Flash photography is not permitted.
  • Filming of shows for any purpose other than private use is prohibited.
  • While there’s no strict dress code, it’s strongly recommended to dress modestly owing to the family-friendly nature of the theme park.

For Physically Disabled Individuals

  • For smooth travel within Puy du Fou a train called Colporteuse has priority access for disabled individuals.
  • There’s an accessibility guide available to ensure you’re aware of which sites are steep and are not wheelchair accessible.
  • There are special entrances to certain zones for people with disabilities. 
  • For the nighttime show, there’s a free shuttle service available.
  • Wheelchairs and electric scooters are available for rent.
  • There are special parking spots available for people with disabilities.

For Visually Impaired People

  • Guide dogs are permitted within the premises with prior permission.
  • Free audio description guides are available for all shows.

For Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals

  • There are loop systems in place across the property.
  • You can also pick up an illustrated guide to explore seamlessly.
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There are over 20 restaurants in Puy du Fou. Here are some must-visits:

  • Le Bistrot: Located in the Bourg Berard, this French brasserie is based on the style of the previous century. 
  • L'Auberge: Located in the Chasseloup Village, this is Puy du Fou’s only fine dining restaurant. 
  • Le Café de la Madelon: Located behind Bourg Berard, this cafe transports you back to 1914 and is set to the theme of La Madelon’s wedding fare. 
  • Les Deux Couronnes: Located in Le Camp du Drap d'Or hotel, this spot is known for the famous King Francis Grilled Meat. 
  • Le Banquet de Mérovée: Located in Les Îles de Clovis, this one offers all you can eat buffet.

Puy du Fou has six themed hotels designed after different historical eras. Here's where you can stay:

  • Le Logis de Lescure: It's an 18th-century Vendée dwelling. Tailor your stay to perfection: opt for the romantic "Salle des Miroirs," astronomical "Planétarium," nature-inspired "Cabinet de Curiosités," or the harmonious "Salon de Musique."
  • La Citadelle: This hotel promises a medieval ambiance straight from the Middle Ages with paved passageways, ocher-gold corridors, and hand-painted murals.
  • Le Camp du Drap d'Or: Transport to the times of Francis the First and Henry the Eighth at Le Camp du Drap d'Or. Experience an authentic, colorful stay with modern comforts in this family room.
  • Les Îles de Clovis: Nestled in a protected natural environment, the huts at Les Îles de Clovis offer spacious family rooms for up to 5 people. Enjoy a buffet-style breakfast with a serene water view—a perfect rural retreat.
  • La Villa Gallo-Romaine: La Villa Gallo-Romaine at Puy du Fou offers Roman-themed rooms for an authentic experience. After a restful night, guests can stroll on the Mediterranean patio.
  • Le Grand Siècle: It's Louis XIV's château at Puy du Fou. Experience 17th-century splendor in flamboyantly decorated rooms and explore French-style gardens typical of the period.

Visitor Tips

  • Book your tickets online in advance to secure your preferred date and save time.
  • Beat the crowds by arriving early to make the most of your day.
  • Check the daily show schedule and plan your day around the must-see performances.
  • Dress comfortably and wear suitable footwear for walking and exploring the park.
  • Carry a water bottle and stay hydrated throughout your visit.
  • Check the weather forecast and come prepared with appropriate clothing or accessories.
  • Don't forget your camera to capture the unforgettable moments at Puy du Fou.

Frequently Asked Questions About Puy du Fou Theme Park

What is Puy du Fou known for?

Puy du Fou is an immersive theme park that offers historically themed shows and activities as well as re-created authentic period villages, stalls selling wares passionate craftsmen, and other activities.

What are the opening hours of Puy du Fou?

Puy du Fou is open from 9.30 AM – 7 PM during the special offer season; from 9.30 AM – 10.30 PM during the "Les Noces de Feu" season, and from 9.30 AM – 9 PM during the "La Cinéscénie" season.

What is the best time to visit Puy du Fou?

While the summer season (June, July, and August) is the most popular time to visit the park, for cooler weather and fewer crowds opt to visit in April and May or from September to November.

How much does it cost to visit Puy du Fou?

Tickets to Puy du Fou start at €42.

Does Puy du Fou have rides?

No, Puy du Fou is a unique immersive theme park that does not feature roller coasters or rides. Instead, it offers shows, immersive experiences, period villages, and themed hotels.

Are there any restrictions for the Puy du Fou attractions?

While there are no restrictions on the shows and attractions at Puy du Fou, some shows may frighten very young children, so please look them up beforehand.

Are the shows and performances conducted only in French?

While the performances are conducted in French, you can listen to free simultaneous translation and subtitling of the shows in English, German, Spanish, and Dutch via the Puy du Fou Mobile App.

Can I bring my own food into the park?

Yes, you can bring your own food to the park.

Are there restaurants in Puy du Fou?

Yes, there are a number of themed restaurants in the park, including  "La Table des Ambassadeurs", "Les Deux Couronnes", "L'Atrium", "Le Banquet de Mérovée", "Le Café de la Madelon", "L'Orangerie", and more.

How long does it take to explore the entire park?

With over 20 shows, period villages, and more, it can take 2 or 3 days to explore the entire park.

Are there accommodations available near the park?

Yes, there are 6 themed hotels at Puy du Fou for you to choose from.

What are the best shows at Puy du Fou?

Some of the best shows at Puy du Fou are The Phantom Bird Dance, a bird show, “Mousquetaire De Richelieu” based on the three musketeers, and “Le Premier Royaume” the story of the first King of the Franks.

Can I visit Puy du Fou in costume?

No, for artistic reasons, visitors are not allowed inside Puy du Fou in costume. If you do so, the gate staff will be obliged to refuse entry or will ask you to change before you enter the park.

Is Puy du Fou accessibility friendly?

Yes, there are provisions made for visitors with hearing impairments, visual impairments, and reduced mobility. There are also audio guides, disabled parking spaces, and wheelchairs for rent.

Can I bring my pet to Puy du Fou?

Pets are not allowed inside Puy du Fou. However, there is a kennel where they can board while you visit the park, as long as you make a reservation in advance.

Is there parking available at Puy du Fou?

Yes, there is free parking available at Puy du Fou. The parking areas are available from one hour before Puy du Fou opens until one hour after closing.

How to get to Puy du Fou by car?

You can get to Puy du Fou by driving from Paris or Angers via the A87 freeway, and then using exit 28 in the direction “Puy du Fou”.

How to get to Puy du Fou by train?

The closest station to Puy du Fou is Angers TGV. This station served France’s major TGV routes, including Paris, Marseille, etc. A shuttle bus service operates between the station and the Puy du Fou.

What is the nearest city to Puy du Fou?

Puy du Fou is located in France in Vendée, on the outskirts of the town of Les Épesses. The closest city is Angers.

How far is Puy du Fou from Paris?

Puy du Fou is located 382 km, or about 3 hr 35 min from Paris.

What is the closest airport to Puy du Fou?

The closest airport to Puy du Fou is Nantes Atlantique Airport. It is located 89 km or 1 hour away from the theme park.