Gardens of William Christie and Vouvant
A magical day at William Christie’s Gardens and Vouvant
Welcome to an enchanting journey through William Christie’s Gardens and the magnificent medieval town of Vouvant. We invite you to discover a one-day itinerary that will delight the whole family. From lush gardens to picturesque alleyways, prepare to experience unforgettable moments in these little corners of Vendée paradise.
To get to the Jardins de William Christie, take the road in the direction of Thiré for a 50-minute drive, where you can marvel at the beauty of the Vendée.
Preparing your visit: The gardens are open Wednesday to Sunday, 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. You don’t need to book your tickets in advance, but it’s a good idea to find out about opening days.
William Christie’s Gardens are a treasure trove for nature lovers. Designed by the famous Franco-American conductor William Christie, these French-style gardens are a haven of peace where harmony reigns supreme. Inspired by 17th-century creations, these gardens are an ode to art and nature, resulting in a perfect alchemy.
An unforgettable artistic experience…
As you stroll through the avenues, you’ll marvel at the beauty of the colorful flowerbeds, fountains and ponds, as well as the artworks scattered throughout the park. As you explore the different areas, you’ll discover a wide variety of plants, colorful flowers and winding paths that invite you to take a stroll.
Discover the stunning Red Garden and the remarkable American Garden. The gardens are an enchantment for the senses, with the delicate scent of roses, birdsong and the soothing murmur of water. You’ll enjoy a unique and memorable experience.
Spread over almost twelve hectares, the project is managed by the Fondation Les Arts Florissants. Every year, the Gardens host an exceptional program of arts and music. Adding a touch of wonder to this exceptional setting. Don’t miss the regular shows and concerts in the Gardens.
Introduction to nature art for young and old…
For families, the William Christie Gardens offer a wide range of educational activities. Children can take part in nature discovery, flower arranging and Baroque music and dance workshops. Younger visitors can marvel at the fountains and enjoy the wide-open spaces to let off steam in complete safety.
A medieval escapade in the town of Vouvant
After discovering the wonders of William Christie’s Gardens, head for Vouvant, one of France’s most beautiful villages. Nestled in the heart of a verdant forest, this medieval town is a veritable historical gem.
Stroll through the cobbled streets of Vouvant, admire the half-timbered houses and the superb Romanesque church of Notre-Dame. Stroll along the ramparts to admire the magnificent medieval frescoes adorning the walls. Enjoy panoramic views of the Mother Valley and surrounding countryside. It’s the perfect place to immortalize the day with a photo of the whole family.
Don’t hesitate to visit the Tour Mélusine, a former fortress that now houses exhibitions of local arts and crafts.
A city with an artistic soul…
Vouvant is also renowned for its artistic atmosphere. Many artists have settled in the village, and their art galleries invite you to discover their creations inspired by this enchanting setting.
The art of music is also present in the city, which organizes a variety of musical events for the whole family. You can then take advantage of the inviting terraces of cafés and restaurants to relax and enjoy local specialities.
… and atypical sporting activities
For a more immersive experience, rent bikes or kayaks and explore the Vouvant area. The Mervent forest offers magnificent natural landscapes to delight young and old alike. Take advantage of the hiking trails to explore the surrounding countryside and soak up the beauty of nature.
Vouvant also offers incredible activities such as digital treasure hunts. Will you give it a try?
It promises to be an enriching experience for the whole family. Get ready to create unforgettable memories on this unique Vendée getaway.