Poitiers is a true crossroads of history and culture.
The Futuroscope is France’s third most popular theme park located near Poitiers, the amusement park attracts many visitors for its rides and breathtaking presentations in IMAX 3D and 4D theatres. It owes its success to a unique positioning in the entertainment market by offering the most amazing parks with a mixture of fun, fantastic, magical and futuristic. In total, more than 30 experiences that await visitors Futuroscope for an unforgettable stay with family or friends.
Poitiers' main museum is the Musée Sainte Croix, close to the town centre. Housed in a modern building from the 1970s, the museum has a collection of historic and archaeological artefacts, as well as an art gallery with a collection of mostly French paintings and sculpture from the 19th and 20th centuries, including works by Rodin, Bonnard and Sisley.
The current courthouse was in its time the palace of the counts of Poitou-dukes of Aquitaine. Its large ceremonial hall called "Salle des Pas Perdus" is remarkable and testifies to medieval architecture of the 12th century.
How to get around ?
Given the small size of the city centre, walking is the best way to get around. All the main attractions, apart from Futuroscope, are within reasonable walking distance of each other. Poitiers' train and bus stations are next to each other.
The journey from Paris (Montparnasse station) to Poitiers takes 90 min on the TGV high speed train. Upon arrival, the city centre is straight ahead out of the station, on the top of the hill.
Direct TGV services from Lille will take 3 hours 20minutes, and Bordeaux 1 hour 50 minutes.
Poitiers-Biard Airport offers daily international connections from London Stansted Airport with Ryanair, to the following destinations : Stansted Airport (England), Lyon Airport (France) and Ajaccio Airport (Corsica).
Light show : At Christmas and on summer evenings, the church features a colorful light show.
Jazz music concert : During July and August with musicians performing in some abbeys and churches.