In the heart of Vendée, France, nestled between Cholet and La Roche-sur-Yon, is the sound of history. In 1977, Philippe de Villiers, a young and curious politician-to-be, discovered the ruins of a renaissance castle.
There, he reimagined the history of a local family named Maupillier, whose story spans from the 14th century to the World War II era-France in the form of an amusement park. And so, Puy Du Fou was born –– an immersive and vibrant performance theme park unlike any other.
The main show of the theme park is The Cinéscénie, believed to be the most massive stage in the world.
The performance is a 700-year history of the area with five languages, 1200 actors, 800 fireworks, and hundreds of real live horses – all of which are performed by volunteers.
Exploring the grounds, there are more experiences to be found, such as The Secret of the Lance that follows a medieval shepherdess defending her castle from English Knights; The Vikings, an immersive show around the life of Vikings, performed with a real underwater longboat; or The Phantom Birds Dance, a mysteriously eclectic show where two hundred birds of prey in ruins fly above the audience. Each turn, there is a new time in history for you to step in, and enthralling experience to remember.
With up to 2.3 million visitors a year, Puy Du Fou also offers remarkable accommodations. Stay in a Medieval castle and roam the halls at night, or in an 18th-century lodge for some peace and quiet, in a colorful Renaissance camp field or in a water villa.
For eateries, we recommend their themed restaurants where you can enjoy dishes of the past while being crooned by 18th-century songs, or experience La Madelon’s wedding banquet! The charm of the park does not only lie in its immersive experience, but also in the human quality of the people – performers, behind the scene crews, visitors, travelers, and explorers.
While adults absorb themselves in the history and culture of yore, children can try out costumes and round on the massive ground, among Kings and Queens, shining knights in armor, and lively peasants.
Puy Du Fou opens every day from 9:30 AM to 10:30 PM. The day before you come to Puy du Fou, you can discover on our mobile App « Puy du Fou,» the program of the shows we will present the day after. Every day they plan a specific schedule according to the number of visitors that they will receive.
If you want to understand the shows (in your own language), we suggest to visitors thanks to the App a free translation of our shows. You simply need to download it, to identify to our WiFi, then when the show starts, you activate the interpretation of the show (think to bring your own earphones and obviously to have a battery on your phone)
In French, the word “Fou” means “crazy” – this is the sense that you will get once you enter the landscape of lights, color, music, and laughter. We recommend finding the time to look into the and step into Puy Du Fou.