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Things to do in Deux-Sèvres

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Garden
“A marvelous Japanese garden covering 29 hectares. Magnificent examples of cloud trees, large lake and a wide variety of trees an shrubs. There is a tea room, display and sale of Bonzai trees and plants for sale. Each season is a delight of colour and form.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Lodging
“Vivez une expérience unique au contact des animaux de la ferme et de la forêt et plongez dans la Cenote Pool avec vue sur l'aquarium. Profitez en famille de nombreuses activités aussi bien en intérieur qu'en extérieur. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“The marshland is split into three zones– the Wet Marsh, Dry Marsh and Bay de l’Aiguillon, each with its own distinct personality. Learn the full story of the landscape, lifestyle and traditions at the four themed discovery centres, the Maisons du Parc. Enjoy a guided tour in a traditional flat-bottomed boat or horse-drawn carriage; paddle your own canoe along the canals; or hire bicycles to explore miles of marked, level trails. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Great day out for all the family - pretty canalside villages, ruined abbeys, miles of canals to explore.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“The Abbey at Maillezais a ruin now, yet amazingly much remains of the structure. The Abbey was an important place, established in the 11 century, it also was the home for a while to the infamous Rabel”
  • 18 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Miles of cycling, walking, boating, fishing, beautiful nature at its finest.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Museum
“Le Musée d'art et d'histoire de la ville de Cholet présente au public une galerie d'art et un espace muséographique concernant l'histoire régionale des Mauges et de la Vendée.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Museum
“Over 500km of canals and waterways to explore. Lots of ruined abbeys and canalside restaurants. Punt along the rivers and see the local wildlife.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Establishment
“Début Juillet à 1h30. Festival 2015 : Bob Dylan , Florent Pagny, Yannick Noah, Véronique Sanson, The Do, Statu Quo, Calogero, Jeanne Cheral...”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“We usually go there at least once each time we visit. Quirky place with reasonably priced 'local' food. Also you can rely on it being open (even on Sunday's!) daily at 12.00 - 14.00 and 19.00 - 22.30”
  • 15 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Installed in the old laundry, the Museum of the Textile (Textile industry) presents a panorama of the history of the textile industry and its techniques.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Zoo
“a great family day out- bars at mervent for a view from the lake/ 360 degrees”
  • 7 locals recommend
Establishment
“Édifié à partir du XVIe siècle par la famille seigneuriale des Gouffiers, le château d'Oiron abrite la collection d'art contemporain Curios & Mirabilia, librement conçue sur le thème du cabinet de curiosité en référence à la fabuleuse collection d'art de Claude Gouffier, seigneur du château et grand écuyer d'Henri II. Les artistes réinterprètent un lieu et un décor d’origine exceptionnels (galerie de peintures murales Renaissance dans le style de l’École de Fontainebleau, boiseries peintes et sculptées du XVIIe siècle). Sur les pas du marquis de Carabas (Le Chat Botté), dont Claude Gouffier, dit-on, fut le modèle, le visiteur est donc invité à flâner entre curiosités & merveilles…”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“The Marais Poitevin is a large area of marshland in western France, a remnant of the former Gulf of Poitou (the name meaning "Poitou's Marsh", "Marsh of Poitou region"). It consists for two thirds of a western zone near the sea called the "dry marsh" (or "dried marsh"), used for farming and breeding, and for one third of an eastern zone called the "wet marsh", a maze of islets criss-crossed by picturesque canals now used for tourist rowboating and nicknamed The Green Venice”
  • 9 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“The Marais Poitevin or La Venise Verte (Green Venice) is a 35,000 hectacre labyrinth of tranquil duckweed covered waterways. You can rent a boat or a cycle to explore this lovely region.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Cinema
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Bar
“We usually go there at least once each time we visit. Quirky place with reasonably priced 'local' food. Also you can rely on it being open (even on Sunday's!) daily at 12.00 - 14.00 and 19.00 - 22.30”
  • 15 locals recommend
Hotel
“Local fishing lakes , aquarium, cycle rides, walks and restaurant approximately 20 minutes away. Excellent plat du jour in the restaurant.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
“Spécialités de brasserie et de rôtisserie et charme d'antan sous une verrière dans l'ancien Hôtel de ville. Prix : €€”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“French bohemian cafe restaurant, opposite the Friday market. Friday lunch menu is always great but needs to be booked in advance. Great live music. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Diner
“Bar-restaurant très prisé sur Niort. Agréable et convivial il est situé en bord de Sèvres dans un quartier très sympa. Pensez à réserver.”
  • 9 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Lovely atmostphere and a good value menu full of seasonal produce but be sure to book it can get busy.”
  • 8 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Très bon rapport qualité prix , il faut réserver , toujours complet. CUISINE EXELLENTE”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Sandy beach, safe swimming, water sports galore...and a restaurant. Something here for everyone!”
  • 4 locals recommend

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