Puy du Fou, France
🥇 Puy du Fou has been elected as the best theme park in the world for the year 2019 according to OC&C’s 2019 Fundex Report.
Puy du Fou, one of the best theme parks in the world
Puy du Fou is the 3rd most visited theme park in France, and maybe the most special one. Puy du Fou is definitely not a traditional theme park, as there are no rides, or roller coasters; the park is given over to historical shows, myths and legends, and reconstructions.
Puy du Fou can be described as a live journey to history, so far and so deep that no other amusement park can get.
Continue reading to find out more about Puy Dy Fou .
Puy du Fou park opened its doors for the first time in 1989, and gradually became a reference in the market of amusement parks and entertainment. It is located in a forest area of 45 hectares in Vendée and offers more than 60 different shows, acts, and entertainment.
Puy du Fou is open from April to September, with more than 2.000.000 visitors per year.
Visitors forget all about the 21st century and the park promises unforgettable experiences, emotional impact, and a unique feeling.
Since its opening, the park has won several prestigious awards, and it is considered as one of the most special theme parks in the world.
Just to get an idea of the awards:
- Best Show in the World, Orlando 2019
- Best Show in Europe, Bergame 2019
- Best Show of the Year, Paris 2019
- European Top New Attraction, Bergame 2018
- Live Entertainment of the Year, Amsterdam 2018
- Hall of Fame award, Orlando 2017
- Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement, Orlando 2016
- European Top New Attraction, Verona 2016
- Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement, Los Angeles 2016
- Best Theme Park in the World, Orlando 2014
- Best European Event, Rome 2014
- Best European Theme Park, Milan 2013
- Best Theme Park in the World, Los Angeles 2012
How to get to Puy du Fou
You can either access Puy du Fou by car or by train. The park is located near Cholet, 384 km south-west from Paris.
If you decide to get there by train, the best is to get to Angers TGV railway station (only 1,5 hours away from Paris) where is a shuttle bus that can take you to Puy du Fou. The aller-retour shuttle service costs 29€/person and needs to be booked in advance.
Puy du Fou Map
Puy du Fou tickets
You can either book your tickets directly on the official Puy du Fou website here or from an official ticket reseller like Tiqets. In any case, it is highly advised to book your tickets in advance.
Tickets rates vary depending on the season, but if you book in advance you can find tickets for the park for about 32€-37€
Puy du Fou Hotels
Spending the evening at a hotel nearby Puy du Fou is highly recommended. The rates are pretty fair and the quality of the accommodation as well.
There are more than 40 hotels nearby Puy du Fou. Some of them are managed by Puy du Fou, and the rest are partner hotels.
The Puy du Fou hotels are :
- La Villa Gallo-Romaine (100 rooms) – theme Ancient Rome
- Le Camp du Drap D’Or (100 rooms) – live in the lodges of François 1st et Henri VIII of England
- Les Îles de Clovis
- La Citadelle (100 rooms), for a Midde Age feel.
- Le Logis de Lescure (4 suites)
- Le Grand Siècle (96 chambres) ❤
In any case, it’s wise to book your hotel through the Puy du Fou website taking advantage of the special rates for tickets + accommodation. That way you can find some real deals for less than 70€ per person for an all-included accommodation + tickets to the park.
Our choice is the brand new hotel “Le Grand Siecle“. A palace-hotel inspired by the era of Louis XIV . The hotel was inaugurated during 2020 and the decoration is just impressive. Complete immersion is guaranteed.
Another great option for the fans of the Middle Age can be “La Citadelle” (eng, the citadel). This establishment offers 74 rooms with 5 beds and 26 rooms with 3 beds. All of them being quite comfortable and luxurious. The rates for the Citadel start from 69€/personne, with the tickets included in the price.
Book your tickets for Puy du Fou here:
- Choose the date that you wish to visit the park and then click on Book now.
- Following that, you will be redirected to the tiquets website where you can complete your booking.
- You will get your e-ticket by mail after a couple of minutes. As simple as that.
The best shows to watch at Puy du Fou
There are 6 different big shows, at spectacular venues representing different periods of history, each between 25 and 45 minutes long, plus 8 smaller shows. With over 700 performers and actors, plus over 200 horses, 530 birds, and countless other animals, the quality of the shows is mind-blowing. Our favorites shows are:
Le Bal des Oiseaux Fantômes
The show is about a young girl who dreamt she could fly. Hundreds of eagles, vultures, owls, and hawks live at a breathtaking show. The Dance of the Ghost Birds is one of the most popular and sensational shows at Puy du Fou.
This show could rival any Hollywood film set. A 20meter longship, with its crew on it (the Vikings), rises out of nowhere from the lake and launch their attack at the peaceful Fort de l’An Mil. It’s thrilling!
Le Mystère de la Pérouse
This show was first launched at Puy du Fou in 2018. The famous French explorer La Pérousse comes back in life narrating his last odyssey, at the end of the 18th century. The spectator assists to one the most impressive adventure of the history. It’s amazing. We loved it.
Le Signe du Triomphe
Experience the frenzy of the Roman Circus. The Gaulish prisoners must win the circus games in order to save their lives. The show takes place in an amazing arena of 6000 seats, and it is epic. Tigers, lions, hyenas, everything is real.
Le Secret de la Lance
It is definitely one of our favorite shows at Puy du Fou. A medieval adventure like a fairy tale. Ideal for those who love knights, castles, and animals.
Le Mousquetaire de Richelieu
Set in a monumental 17th century theatre, the musketeers will transport you back in time for an astonishing swashbuckling show. A dreamlike night show.
Le Dernier Panache
This is another pretty unique show of Puy du Fou that also won the prestigious Thea award in 2017. It is set in a 360-degree rotating theater and tells the inspirational story of how a French naval officer led the Vendée people to freedom during the French Revolution.