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Bressuire

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Deux-Sèvres

Situated in the Deux-Sevres region in New Aquitaine, the common Bressuire takes place in the heart of Bressuirais grove. It is located about thirty kilometers from Parthenay, and forty Cholet, an hour drive from Nantes, Poitiers or Angers.

Important crossroads road from the Celtic era, the city of Bressuire enjoyed great prosperity in the Middle Ages before suffering the wrath of the religious wars, undermining the castle of the town. But the golden age of this city of Deux-Sèvres comes from the seventeenth century with the development of the cloth industry. It was not until the arrival of the railways in the nineteenth century to definitively establish the supremacy of Bressuire in the region.

Rich in its glorious history, the town has preserved over centuries of an important architectural heritage which still stands proudly today. However, with repeated destruction of the center, the preserved buildings generally not go back beyond the seventeenth century.

Geographical information

MunicipalityBressuire
Postcode79300
Tourism label
Latitude46.8424600 (N 46° 50’ 33”)
Longitude-0.4928660 (W 0° 29’ 34”)
AltitudeFrom 98m to 236m
Surface area180.59 km²
Population19978 inhabitants
Density110 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureNiort (65 km, 1h06)
Insee code79049
IntercommunalityCA du Bocage Bressuirais
DepartmentDeux-Sèvres
RegionPoitou-Charentes

Nearest cities & towns

Chanteloup9.9 km (15 min)
Boismé10.1 km (14 min)
Bretignolles10.1 km (12 min)
Saint-Aubin-du-Plain10.4 km (12 min)
Noirlieu11.4 km (16 min)
Cirières11.4 km (13 min)
Faye-l'Abbesse12 km (12 min)
La Chapelle-Saint-Laurent12 km (13 min)
Courlay12.8 km (16 min)
Chiché12.8 km (13 min)
Geay13.6 km (14 min)
Nueil-les-Aubiers14.4 km (18 min)
Cerizay15.6 km (18 min)
La Forêt-sur-Sèvre16 km (17 min)

Things to see and do

With the wars of Vendee or religion, the old center of Bressuire suffered much destruction. One can nevertheless always admire beautiful historical vestiges in the municipality.

The castle of Bressuire, built in the 11th century, is a castle with moats and walls. Recently renovated, it has a Neo-Gothic style, the ruins of the walls, part of the keep and some vestiges of the ramparts.

The old church of Saint-Cyprien was inscribed in the Historical Monuments in 1937. Built in the 10th century, it serves, with its crypt, cultural space to the city. The present church, Notre-Dame church, also dates from the tenth century. Renovated after the storm of 1999, it still features a 56-meter-high Gothic bell tower that dominates the city. Classified to the Historic Monuments, it presents beautiful murals unveiled during the recent restoration work. Also listed, the church of Saint-Sauveur-de-Givre-en-Mai was built in the 12th century.

Several other sites classified or inscribed in the Historical Monuments mark the old center of Bressuire, like the old castle of Noirlieu built between the end of the XVIth and the beginning of the XVIIth century, or the domain of Dubrie built in the XVIth Century and modified in the 18th century. Inscribed with the Historic Monuments, the house of the Puy-Blain dates from the fifteenth century. It is a rectangular architectural complex surrounded by a courtyard bordered by walls. It was used for several years of farming before being renovated. Built in the 16th century, the chapel of Petit-Puy is now disused. Inscribed in the Historic Monuments, it still presents its facades.

Inside Bressuire, ancient homes testify to the richness of the city over the centuries. We discover several buildings dating from the 15th century, such as the church of Saint-Porchaire, the hotel Durant de la Pastellière which now serves as a media library, the cloister Notre-Dame, the hotel de la Taconnière, Of Saint-Nicolas. You can also admire the remains of the chapel of Saint-Jacques of the twelfth century, as well as the mill of Cornet of the XVIIth century.

A municipal museum, housed in the old granaries of the city, traces the history of the town and its surroundings through several collections.

Rich in natural heritage, Bressuire also offers a green castle arranged as footpaths and bicycle rides. It extends on the banks of the Dolo, for three kilometers.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Monuments
Performance halls
Transport

Events and festivities

Every Tuesday and Saturday morning, the city offers its market flavors with thirty producers and traders in the region. A lively Christmas market is also proposed in December.

The book festival and sports documentary takes place in May with various events on tour sport.

In July and August, on Fridays in the summer of Bressuire are the scene of several original shows.

In September, the city offers the Beautiful festival, unlike a movie event centered on disability with screenings and meetings.

Every first Sunday of October, the Bressuire medieval castle hosts the festival of plants and barnyard animals. The program, a plant market, games for children, or an empty garden shed.

The Grove Theatre, theater company: the Bocage Theatre oversees amateur practice workshops, and offers professional shows throughout the year.

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Les Jardins du Gué
Nature and the great outdoors5 € Lhoumois (30 km)
Dog sled ride
Nature and the great outdoors15 € to 25 € Doué-la-Fontaine (42 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Beaupréau Castle Park
HikeEasy2h00Beaupréau-en-Mauges (55 km)

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