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Chauvigny Office de tourisme
5, rue Saint-Pierre Chauvigny

Tel:+33 (0)5 49 46 39 01
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Chauvigny is situated in the valley of the river Vienne and became a centre for good quality porcelain which is, to a lesser extent, still in practice today.  Chauvigny is derives some of its wealth from limestone quarrying and the lumber trade.

Chauvigny's old town or 'ville haute' has no less than five medieval castles including Chateau Baronnial - an 11th-century castle with huge keep built by the bishops of Poitiers.  Falconry shows can be seen here.  The 13th-15th-century Chateau d'Harcourt still has a large section of its ramparts intact and a fortified gate.

Chauvigny's crowning glory, however, is Eglise St Pierre.  Work started on the church in 11th-century but it wasn't until the 12th-century when the nave was added that work was complete.  This Roman structure boasts some interesting sculptures at the east end.

Chauvigny is a busy market town (Sat, Tues, Thurs) offering a delightful range of local fare - the oysters and crayfish are particularly good. 

Chauvigny also has a couple of great museums including an archaeological museum (musee d'ethnologie et d'archeologie).  However, Chauvigny is also a great base from which you can explore the surrounding area.  Ideas for excursions include Chateau de Toufflou which overlooks the river Vienne and the village of Archigny whose inhabitants left for the French speaking part of east Canada.

What to See - Chauvigny Attractions

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

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

Espace d'Archeologie Industrielle
Donjon Gouzon, North of church, 86360
A local archaeological exhibition with impressive glass lift to take you to the exhibits
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Closed 1st Jan & 25 Dec | Tel: +33 (0)5 49 46 40 31

Musee de Chauvigny
Local traditional architecture on display here with a range of porcelain
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Closed 1st Jan and 25 Dec | Tel: +33 (0)5 49 46 35 45

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

9 miles south of Chauvigny, 86360
Ancient burial grounds, an archaeological museum and 4th-century church await you in the town of Civaux

Falconry Shows
Château Baronnial plays host to falconry shows (eagles, falcons and vultures)
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Nov | Tel: +33 (0)5 49 46 47 48