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7bis r. du Chat - Pl. des Halles Angouleme

Tel:+33 (0)5 45 95 16 84
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Angouleme is a cathedral town which is split into an upper town, known as le Plateau and a lower town which includes everything outside the ramparts.  The Cathedrale St-Pierre was first built in the 12th-century and has been rebuilt four times.  It is known for its impressive facade which depicts the Last Judgement.  There are also some interesting features inside including a frieze which sits on the right of the west door and depicts the battle of Zaragoza in Spain against the Moors.

The north ramparts (remparts nord) are probably the best spot for views over the Charente Valley.  You'll also see a plaque in honour of General Resnier who launched himself off the top off Ladent Tower in 1806 in a flying machine.  Unfortunately he broke his leg when he landed but he is still known as the first man who attempted a non-powered flight. 

Angouleme's other claim to fame is the Centre National de la Bande Dessinee de l'Image, a museum and multimedia centre dedicated to comic strip art and cartoons.  A festival held every January reaffirms Angouleme's status as the world capital for comic strip art.

What to See - Angouleme Attractions

Cam's Ski Nautique
Quai du Halage, Angouleme 16007
water-skiing for those sports enthusiasts who want a change from Angouleme's historical sites
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Closed Nov-Mar | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 92 76 22

Base Nautique Eric Tabarly
Plan d'eau de la Grande Pairie, Angouleme 16007
free concerts and activities take place on the 25ha lake which is also given over to sailing activities and the fireworks display on the 14th July
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Closed late Nov-Mar | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 68 42 46

Hotel St-Simon-FRAC
R des Postes, Angouleme 16007
a centre of contemporary art for the surrounding region
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily except Mon & Sun | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 92 87 01

29 rue Marguerite-de-Navarre, Cognac 16100
focuses on the history of cognac, ageing and blending
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 32 28 28

Hotel de Ville
Pl. de New York, Angouleme 16007
take a guided tour around the Gothic-Renaissance town hall and find out more about Marguerite d'Angouleme
| Admission charge | Opening Times: tours by appointment only | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 38 70 79

Musee du Papier 'le Nil'
rue de Bordeaux, Angouleme 16007
former paper mill dedicated to making cigarette papers provides an interesting insight into the industry that made the region so prosperous in the 18th-century
| Opening Times: Daily except Mon pms; Jul-Aug: 14h00 - 18h30 | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 92 73 43

Musee Municipal des Beaux-arts
set back behind the cathedral, Angouleme 16007
an eclectic mix of medieval treasures, South Pacific art, African statues and local ceramics
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily:pms only; Aug:all day except Sat & Sun | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 95 07 69

Hennessy Cognac house
8 rue Richonne, Cognac 16100
for guided tours, a film and boat trip to visit the cellars
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 35 72 68

Musee de la Societe archeologique
rue de Montmoreau, Angouleme 16007
with a collection of prehistoric remains, local archaeological finds and Roman mosaics
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily except Tue pms; Aug:daily | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 94 90 75

Moulin du Verger
Angouleme was once a thriving papermaking centre so step back in time and visit the papermill which still uses traditional techniques
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 61 10 38

Musee de Cognac
48 blvd Denfert Rochereau, Cognac 16100
from fine art to local customs and traditions to you guessed it Cognac production!
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 32 07 25

Centre National de la Bande Dessinee et de L'image
121 rue de Bordeaux, Angouleme 16007
the world's largest collection of film cartoons and comic strips
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sun (w/ends pms only) | Tel: +33 (0)4 5 45 38 65 65

Cognac Otard
Chateau de Cognac, Cognac 16100
visit the ancien chateau and wine stores of Cognac Otard
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Oct:daily; Nov-Dec:Mon-Fri | Tel: +33 (0)5 45 36 88 86