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Chatellerault Office de tourisme
2, avenue Treuille, BP 222 Chatellerault

Tel:+33 (0)5 49 21 05 47
Fax:+33 (0)5 49 02 03 26

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Chatellerault is situated at the confluence of four rivers (Vienne, Clain, Envingne and Orzon).

Chatellerault quickly capitalised on its location by developing an impressive metallurgy trade from the 13th-century onwards.  This developed in the 18th-century to the cutlery trade and later on to the manufacture of firearms - at its height during the Industrial Revolution making weapons for the Royal army.  The manufacture of firearms ceased in 1968 and the factory is now given over to the Musee Auto Moto Velo - an interactive automobile museum with an impressive collection of motorbikes. 

Some of the architecture of Chatellerault is impressive.  The Eglise St-Jacques has Neo-Romanesque towers and its transept could well date back to the 12th or 13th-century.  The Pont Henri IV or bridge was built between 1575 and 1611 and protected the west end of the town.  Two anchors hanging from the bridge tell of Chatellerault's success in the river transport trade.  Nearby, there's 'Vieux Poitiers' an important Gallo-Roman site.

Chatellerault is also a good base for outdoor pursuits including canoeing, hiking and mountain biking.  For the less active, take in the sites of the Vienne on a river boat trip.

What to See - Chatellerault Attractions

Centre aquatique
Three swimming pools with slides, waterfalls and geysars - ideal for family fun
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)5 49 21 14 83

Pecheurs Chatelleraudais
25, rue de Charles Plessard, 86100
Carp fishing available on one of Chatellerault's lakes
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)5 49 21 69 79

Musee Auto Moto Velo
More than 100 classic cars and motobikes on show here
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)5 49 21 03 46

La Foret de Mouliere
Office de tourisme, 2, ave Treuille, 86100
The Vienne's largest forest which is ideal for walking or mountain biking
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)5 49 21 05 47

Canal de L'Envigne
West bank of river Vienne, 86102
Watersports found on the canal surrounded by a park which makes for a pleasant stroll (planted with cedar trees)
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)5 49 21 05 47

Musee Municipal
Rue Sully, 86102
An ecletic museum with collections of porcelain, artworks, metalworks, weapons and knives plus a room devoted to Rudolph Salis who created the Parisian cabaret Le Chat Noir
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)5 49 21 03 46

Jaunay-Clan (6 miles north of Poitiers), 86360
A huge cinema park (the second largest theme park in France) with 3-D imagery, laser shows, magic carpets, lakes and over 21 pavillions or theatres each with its own cinematic theme
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep:daily; Oct-Mar: Mon-Fri | Tel: +33 (0)5 49 49 30 80

Château de Toufflou
4 mile NW of Chauvigny, 86360
This château overlooking the Vienne river boasts four different architectural styles
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)5 49 56 08 48

Ferme Acadienne des Huit-Maisons
3 miles east of Archigny, 86360
Old Acadian farm which provides an interesting insight in the history of the Acadians
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily but Sat & Sun 3-7pm. Jul/Aug: daily not Mon | Tel: +33 (0)5 49 56 08 48