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Niort was once a medieval port that developed around the Sevre Niortaise river.  The river is dotted with pleasant gardens, flowers and the remains of an old glove factory, a reminder of Niort's former leather-making industry.  Traditional industries such as leather making have largely been replaced by the electronics, chemical and insurance industries.  However, this does not detract from the town's appeal! 

Niort boasts an immense 12th-century donjon built by Henry II and Richard the Lionheart and which played an important part in the town's defense in the Hundred Years War.  There are also ancient houses covered in round roof tiles that line the twisting streets in rue de l'Huilerie or rue du Tourniquet

Niort is also the ideal base for discovering the Marais Poitevin marshes hence the local dishes of eels and petit-gris or snails.  The best way to explore the marshes is by flat-bottomed boats or plattes which will enable you to marvel at the pretty white-washed villages dotted along the dikes or limestone islets.

What to See - Niort Attractions

Reserve Naturelle M.-Brosselin
St-Denis-du-Payre, Marais Poitevin 79000
a huge nature reserve that is home to nesting and migratory birds
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)2 51 27 23 92

Les bords de Sevre
Coulon, Marais Poitevin 79000
organise guided boat trips around the marais poitevin
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)5 49 35 58 34

Chateau de Coudray-Salbart
11km N of Niort on D8, 79000
a 13th-century military style chateau
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Closed Nov-Feb | Tel: +33 (0)6 08 66 84 02

Zoorama Europeen
SE of Niort in Chize Forest, 79000
a zoo in the middle of the Chize forest, once a military base
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep:daily except Tues | Tel: +33 (0)5 49 77 17 17

Foret de Chize
SE of Niort, 79000
an oak and beech forest - an ideal setting for picnics or forest walks

Eglise Notre-Dame
rue Notre Dame, Niort 79000
an elegant church with 15th-century belfry as its focal point

Musee Bernard d'Agesci
28 avenue de Limoges, Niort 79000
houses the town's fine art collection plus natural history collection
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily except Tues | Tel: +33 (0)5 49 78 72 00

Guided Tours of Town
Association Atemporelle, 79200
join up for a guided tour of art and history in Parthenay
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)5 49 63 13 86

Logis de l'Hercule
R du Pont, Niort 79000
coins and ceramics that explain the history of Niort plus a small museum dedicated to angelica, an aromatic plant grown in the marshes
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jul-Aug for guided tours | Tel: +33 (0)5 49 78 72 00

Musee Municipal George Turpin
Maison des Cultures de Pays, Rue Godineau 79200
a museum that recounts the history of Parthenay
| Tel: +33 (0)5 49 64 53 73