A Guide To Visiting Puy Du Fou

Are you are planning a family holiday to France and wondering whether you should visit Puy Du Fou?

The answer is resounding yes. Yet it is a very difficult place to quantify and needs to be seen to be believed.

I have just returned from a whirlwind press trip to Puy Du Fou with a gorgeous group of ladies from BritMums and was  lucky enough to be able to see what the park has to offer. Puy Du Fou is the prefect place to visit with kids.

Gladiator show at Puy Du Fou www.extraordinarychoas.com

Shows At Puy Du Fou www.extraordinarychoas.com

Puy Du Fou is a place that is full of wonder and magic that has the power to make you feel like a child all over again. If you are planning a family holidays to France, this is one French attraction I would add to your itinerary.

Exactly what is Puy Du Fou?

Puy Du Fou is a theme park of epic proportions which is set around 3 historically themed villages with real shops and restaurants. All the shops are run by individual traders making and selling unique products. The park does not focus on pushing branded products which is so refreshing.

The park first opened its doors in 1978 with the very first show of La Cinéscénie and has grown from strength to strength ever since. Welcoming over 2 million guests in 2017 it really is the best-kept secret France has to offer.

What to do at Puy Du Fou www.extraordinarychaos.com

A Review of Puy Du Fou www.extraordinarychoas.com

Unique gift shops at Puy Du Fou www.extraordinarychoas.com

Interestingly it is a Family theme park that has no rides.

Yet Puy Du Fou offers 7 spectacular day and night shows included in the price of your ticket. And also 11 immersive shows that offer an interactive walk through experience, these are shows in themselves and offer spectacular effects and atmosphere.

Could you get bored with all those shows? Not a chance, every show is unique and different. Each offering magical experiences with historical undertones that make you leave wanting to know more.

The people behind the shows at Puy De Fou are creative geniuses. And just when you think you can be shocked no more you are presented with another show or special effect that has you thinking that magic must be real. That has you running to the next show wondering what on earth is going to happen next.

The Bird Show at Puy Du Fou www.extraordinarychaos.com

What are the best shows at You Du Fou?

This is such a subjective question, however my favourites were:

Le Mystère De La Pérouse.

This takes you onboard the La Boussole, which set sail from Brest in 1785.  This immersive experience allows you to follow the ships expedition and all the crew encounters. Le Mysrére De La Pérouse’s attention to detail blew my mind. I have no photos or footage to share as it has to be seen to be believed.

The special effects were so incredible, I found myself holding onto the walls of the ship to stabilise myself several times, its crazy, exciting and wonderful with the most awesome finale. I came out wanting to do it all again.

Mousquetaire De Richelieu.

Based on the 3 musketeers this indoor show offers the most incredible stunts and effects. It is showcased in an indoor theatre of epic portions that starts out quite tame. But in true Puy Du Fou style has you wondering how on earth they managed to create the incredible spectacular finale.

Les Orgues De Feu.

Is a nighttime show set to the most spectacular fountain backdrop. Although Puy Du Fou offer more than just a fountain show, and I left feeling I had been to a ballet. This is a late night one, but it’s worth staying up for. Les Orgues De Feu was the most spectacular fountain show I have ever seen. But expect a few crazy but wonderful surprises.

La Cinéscénie 

La Cinéscénie is only shown at Puy Du Fou on Friday and Saturday nights. It has an addition fee to the park entry fee of €27 which you must book in advance. However if you are planning to visit, plan your trip around this it is a must see show. Lasting and hour and a half this is an off the scale show of proportions I have never before experienced. With a cast of 2500 it is played out in an arena a short walk from the park entrance and on site hotels.

The night time show at Puy Du Fou www.extraordinarychaos.com

La Cinéscénie at Puy Du Fou www.extraordinarychaos.com

What language are the shows at Puy Du Fou in?

All the shows are in French but you can get a translator set or connect to the on site app for translation. (Tip, take your own headphones as I found the ones that came with the device uncomfortable.)

On occasions I never wore mine as was able to follow the drama and magic of the show just the same. It honestly did not detract one little bit. If anything made it all feel a bit more romantic. These shows are about the special effects and magic.

There is also a daily visitors guide and an on site app available in English (other languages are available) which provides you with up to date information on all shows are restaurant opening times including a helpful price guide.

Conservation areas at Puy Du Fou www.extraordinarychaos.com

A theme park full of shows at Puy Du Fou www.extraordianrychoas.com

What to do at Puy Du Fou www.extraordinarychaos.com

Where to eat at Puy Du Fou?

The food is exceptional and very reasonable priced in the park offering the option to take a picnic, use the fast food kiosks or eat in the unique dining experiences. I will be sharing more about the food later.

How do I get there and what is the Address of Puy Du Fou?

Puy Du Fou is 1 hour from Nantes by car. You can fly to Nantes with EasyJet from Luton, Gatwick and Liverpool and with a little research flights are very reasonably priced. Click on he map below to get directions from the airport.

The French Village the perfect place to enjoy lunch at Le Bistro at Puy Du Fou www.extraordinarychoas.com

Unique Gift shops at Puy Do Fou www.extraordinarychaos.com

Where can I stay, are there Hotels at Puy Du Fou?

There are 5 themed on site hotels, each with a different theme related to a different period in history. Check out my review of Le Camp dy Drap d’Or here.

For further reading and  Pou Du Fou reviews check out NadineMari, Jen’s and Katja’sKara’s posts here.

And my little vlog tour here.

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18 Comments

  1. 19th June 2018 / 2:12 pm

    Yes, you definitely go from one show to the next wondering how they’re going to top what you’ve just seen – and somehow they always do! Love your photos!

  2. 19th June 2018 / 2:34 pm

    Ooh the show Le Mysrére De La Pérouse terrified me! The live actor booming down the galley made me jump out of my skin! But yes – the special effects were amazing and a lot of attention to detail has been carefully woven in to create authenticity.

  3. 19th June 2018 / 9:08 pm

    Sarah, your pictures are so beautiful that they make me want to go all over again. You really capture the magic! x

  4. 19th June 2018 / 10:26 pm

    This looks such a magical place Sarah all the photos are amazing! Great tips and I love listening to the French it’s such a beautiful language! It’s another magical place to add to my list of family hols! ??xxx

  5. 2nd July 2018 / 9:59 am

    I have never heard of this. This actually looks pretty cool!! #mondayescapes

  6. 2nd July 2018 / 9:59 am

    This looks quite interesting! I guess it would depend if your kid would be interested in something like this, but I think it looks like a great place to enjoy! #MondayEscapes

  7. 2nd July 2018 / 10:39 am

    Looks so cool – although I can’t help think about Westworld!

  8. 2nd July 2018 / 11:23 am

    This sounds like such a brilliant place, we will definitely be paying it a visit! #Mondayescapes

  9. 2nd July 2018 / 11:45 am

    This place is incredible! How have I never heard of Puy du Fou before? Looks utterly incredible and somewhere i need to learn more about…such a refreshing alternative to the commercial theme parks we all know and love.
    #Monday Escapes

  10. 3rd July 2018 / 6:40 am

    This sounds and looks incredible!! I would so love to take my family there one day. I am very happy that I got to read this post or I may have never known about such a cool place. I love how it is both authentic and magical…a great combination! #MondayEscapes

  11. 3rd July 2018 / 12:11 pm

    This is a brilliant blog! The theme park sounds fantastic, so different and really reminds me of the town from Beauty and the Beast so I think my daughters would love it. Also refreshing to hear you can get good food inside. I’d never heard of it before and will definitely be putting it on my list. #MondayEscapes

  12. 3rd July 2018 / 12:32 pm

    Wow! I’d never heard of this park – strange, as it sounds so epic! The scale of everything looks spectacular – what an interesting trip that must have been! #MondayEscapes

  13. 4th July 2018 / 8:27 am

    We loved Puy du Fou on a recent visit. It’s such a great idea for a theme park – no rides, just shows. We only had a day, wished we’d had longer and been able to stay for the evening shows #MondayEscapes

  14. 4th July 2018 / 9:02 pm

    I’m sold! I love how authentic everything looks and the drama of the shows looks incredible. Good tip about translations and the headphones!

  15. 9th July 2018 / 1:24 am

    What an interesting place! I love that they don’t focus on selling branded products – so refreshing! A focus on creative shows instead of rides is interesting, too! #mondayescapes

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