Poitiers & Futuroscope


Poitiers is actually in the Vienne and about 45 minutes from La Mirabelle.  The centre of Poitiers is full of interesting architectural history, as well as being a great centre for shopping.

Of course, nearby is the Futuroscope theme park!

There are a number of parks and gardens around Poitiers, some small and some large. If you visit the city then do look out for the Colliegiate Church of Notrte Dame la Grande. It dates from the 10th century. 

In the centre, there is the Palais de Justice some of which dates back to the 12th century, then there is the Gothic St. Peter's Cathedral.

There are several museums worth visiting, including the Sainte-Croix museum.


With over 40 million visitors to the attraction since it opened, Futuroscope is one of the most popular leisure parks in France and is certainly a different kind of experience!

The site covers 60 hectares and has 25 quite original experiences that almost certainly won't have found anywhere else. The spectacular theatres inside Futoroscope are all gigantic sculptures, futuristic in looks and built to blend in with the surrounding landscape.


It is designed to appeal not just to children but adults as well - these are some of the newer attractions -

  • Time Machine - with 3D and 4D effects
  • Hubble Mission - iMax 3D propels the audience out to join the crew of a space shuttle
  • Virus Attack - Visitors are 'shrunk' to a micrscopic size
  • Aerobar - Enjoy a 115ft high view of the park (with a drink and snack!)
  • Dancing with Robots - 10 x huge robotic arms!

There is plenty more to see on the official site Here - Futuroscope


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