On holiday? House hunting? Or may be you are just passing through? Either way, there are plenty of things to see and do in and around Bressuire. The 56m renaissance tower of the church of Notre Dame rises high over the town and surrounding countryside. Originating from the 11th Century, the castle dominates the town and is an ideal venue for the many events throughout the year.

As well as being situated in an area of historical interest, Bressuire is within easy reach of the Loire Valley, the Marais Poitevin, Futuroscope, Le Puy du Fou and the renowned fishing centre of Pescalis.

Places to visit:

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Puy du Fou: In a picturesque park of over 40 hectares, you will discover the history of the Vendée. Experience the invasion of a Viking camp, watch gladiators chariot racing in a roman amphitheatre. Visit a reproduction of a 19th century commune. Enjoy breathtaking displays of falconry, jousting, horse riding acrobatics and much more... (35 mins)

The Loire Valley: Famous for its châteaux and wines, the Loire Valley offers also some exceptional scenery. Some towns worth a visit: Saumur with the Cadre Noir (National School of Horsemanship). Chinon and its medieval castle (45mins) - also the unique gardens of Villandry (1h 45mins).

Marais Poitevin: A maze of waterways & luxuriant vegetation. There are many villages, tow paths and quay sides. Coulon is cited as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Take a trip on a guided punt or be more adventurous and go it alone! (45 mins)

Pescalis: Situated near Moncoutant, this fishermans' paradise offers over 150 hectares of lakes. It is Europe's premier fishing and nature centre and open to beginner and enlightened amateur. All types of fish are available. (25 mins)

Mervent (Forest): situated on the banks of a lake in the middle of a magnificent forest, this area has something to offer everyone - walking, rock climbing, horse riding, mountain biking etc. Enjoy the richness of the surroundings, suitable for a picnic. Sample the fabulous crêpes (pancakes) in the Château de Citardière Visit the old mining centre of Faymoreau, look at the collection of cristilline rocks and the beautiful contemporary stained glass windows in the miners' chapel. (40 mins)

Futuroscope: A Hi-tech experience with adventures on land, sea & in outer space using the latest projection system technology. (1hr 15 mins)

Other places to discover from Bressuire:
Vendéenne Coast - Magnificent beaches offering large stretches of sand: La Rochelle, Ile de Ré, Ile d'Yeu, Chatelaillon, La Tranche sur Mer, Jard sur Mer, Les Sables d'Orlonne.(1hr 15mins)

Oiron Castle - between Thouars and Loudun

Oriental Park -Maulévrier - D20

Terra Botanica – near Angers - (Theme park dedicated to plant life).

Biopark-Zoo, Rose Gardens and Troglodyte site - Doué la Fontaine

La Vallée des Singes - (Valley of the Monkeys)

École de la Tour Nivelle - (Traditional school of the late 19th.early 20th century)

Castle of St Mesmin - (14th Century medieval fortress & 15th century dungeon and tower – Many animations during the year)

Labyrint'haie and Ostrich farm - Courlay

Parc de la Vallée (Adventure Park) - Massais

Adventure Park – Chantemerle

Karting – Moutiers-sous-Chantemerle

Le Lac du Cebron - walking, bird watching, wildlife and sailing club

Towns of historic interest:
Fontenay-le-Comte, Niort, Parthenay, Poitiers, La Rochelle, Thouars.