Walking on the grounds of this park is a full immersion into history.
Seated at the heart of a 115m long coliseum, visitors can watch gladiators fighting and legendary chariot racing, while trembling with fear during the terrible Viking invasion scenes.
On the ruins of the old castle, the Middle Ages come alive with demonstrations of predatory birds, battles, stunts, and equestrian acrobatics. Within the fortified area, it is the know-how of the present day that is on display.
Immersing into the ambience of the swashbuckler films of our youth is also possible, thanks to the show called 'Mousquetaires de Richelieu', or by strolling around an 18th century village, or even by taking in the atmosphere of the old shops of a 19th century village. First and foremost, however, the Puy du Fou puts on the world's largest evening show!
The Cinéscénie (the name of the show) is a trip through 700 years of the history of Vendée, enabling the audience to bear witness to a period stretching from the Middle Ages to World War II.
Grand Parc et Cinéscénie
30, rue Georges Clemenceau - 85590 Les Epesses
Telephone: +33 (0) 2 51 64 11 11.
Opening times: open every Saturday and Sunday in May, and every day from June to mid-September, from 10:00am to 7:00pm
From £13 to £50, depending on the formula (there are 7: Grand-Parc access; Grand-Parc + Cinéscénie; 2 day Grand-Parc + Cinéscénie, etc)
This show was created in 1978 and is put on by 3,200 volunteers on a 57-acre stage facing terraces that can hold 14,000 spectators.© Puy du Fou
Several sections of the park plunge visitors into various places and times in the history of France: Here you have the streets of a French market town in 1900.© Puy du Fou
Ending with a grand finale of fireworks, nearly 400,000 people come to Cinéscénie every year.© Puy du Fou
In 2010, more 1.5 million people visited the Puy dy Fou Park. It is one Vendée's biggest economic and cultural assets.© Puy du Fou