• To visit

Loudun offers you a wonderful stroll through history.
The house where Théophraste Renaudot was born, known as the‘house of the illustrious’
The former Sainte Croix Collegiate church, with a fine Romanesque choir and 12th, 13th and 14th century features,
nowadays home to contemporary art exhibitions
The 11th century Square Tower, Foulques Nerra’s Romanesque keep Porte du Martray,
the remains of a 13th century fortress near the Charbonneau-Lassay museum
Loudun is also beautifully landscaped and full of flowers, with numerous parks, including the mediaeval style gardens
at the foot of the Square Tower.


• Leasure

This is your chance to organise a day out with friends or family at one of the nicest tracks in France, set in woodlands, with about 40 gokarts.
Half-day challenges can be organised for businesses or works social clubs. Frank Talon, an enthusiast and competitive go-kart racer, will explain ‘the art of racing’ with professionalism and good humour!

On the spot: a bar, giant screen to watch the performances – picnic table.

MUSÉE RENAUDOT – Loudun (86)

• To visit

Come and learn the story of Théophraste Renaudot: an extraordinary man.
He was Louis XIII’s doctor, founded dispensaries and cared for people at a distance with his medicine “Polychreston”.
He created the first newspaper in France in 1631, “La Gazette”.
He was a philanthropist and forerunner of numerous institutions in modern France, such as the employment agency, pawnbrokers and small advertisements…

Don’t miss the botanic garden and the 10-metres-deep underground cavern.