Vienne places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Vienne department of Poitou-Charentes. See also our Vienne travel guide

photo of Angles-sur-l'Anglin


The pretty village of Angles sur l'Anglin and the river setting make this one of our favourite Vienne villages
See guide

photo of Chatellerault


The quiet regional town of Chatellerault has some notable 18th century townhouses
See guide

photo of Chauvigny


We especially enjoyed exploring the castles along the hilltop when visiting Chauvigny
See guide

photo of Futuroscope


Futuroscope is one of the most popular attractions in France!
See guide

photo of La Roche-Posay

La Roche-Posay

The castle donjon and the medieval gateway are the main historical monuments in the spa town of La Roche-Posay
See guide

photo of Moncontour, Vienne

Moncontour, Vienne

As well as the castle in Moncontour, you will also enjoy the town's leisure lake
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photo of Montmorillon


Although it is quite a small town, there is a lot to discover in the pretty town of Montmorillon - and bookshops!
See guide

photo of Nouaille-Maupertuis


Visit Nouaille-Maupertuis to see the substantial Abbey of Saint Junien
See guide

photo of Poitiers


Poitiers is a nice town with lots of interesting sites, including the 12th century cathedral
See guide

photo of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe


The highlight here is of course the Abbey of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, certainly the best example of roman style architecture anywhere in Poitou-Charentes
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For more information see the Vienne guide

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Market towns & days in Vienne

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Chatellerault: Wednesday & Thursday all day & Saturday
Chaunay: Monday
Civray: Tuesday & Friday
Jaunay-Clan: Friday
La Roche-Posay: Tuesday & Friday
Loudun: Tuesday
Mirebeau: Wednesday & Saturday
Montmorillon: Wednesday
Naintre: Sunday
Neuville-de-Poitou: Thursday & Sunday
Poitiers: Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday all day & Friday
Rouille: Friday
Saint-Savin: Friday
Vivonne: Saturday
Vouille: Saturday

Tourist attractions to visit in Vienne

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Zoo or wildlife park

Vallée des singes (monkeys)

Ville d'etape


Towns of Art and History

Montmorillon: See tourist guide

Poitiers: See tourist guide

Theme Park

Futuroscope: See tourist guide

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Poitiers: See tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Jardin du château de La Mothe



Religious Monuments

Abbaye Bénédictine (Charroux)

Abbaye de la Réau (Saint-Martin-l'Ars)

Abbaye de Nouaillé-Mauperthuis (Nouaille-Maupertuis)

Abbaye de Saint Savin sur Gartempe (Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe): See tourist guide

Eglise d'Usson de Poitou (Usson-du-Poitou)

Eglise de Notre-Dame (Lusignan)

Eglise de Notre-Dame (Montmorillon)

Eglise de Saint Gervais et Saint Protais (Civaux)

Eglise de Saint Maurice (Saint-Maurice-la-Clouere)

Eglise de Saint Nicolas (Civray)

Eglise de Saint Pierre (Chatain)

Eglise de Saint Pierre (Chauvigny)

Eglise de Saint Pierre (Saint-Pierre-d'Exideuil)

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Chauvigny: See tourist guide


National Monuments

Abbey Saint-Sauveur de Charroux


Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Angles-sur-l'Anglin: See tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Poitiers église Saint-Hilaire le Grand (monuments on French pilgrim routes): See tourist guide

Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe Abbey: See tourist guide


Aquarium de Loudun