Maison du Parc à Montsoreau©D Darrault

The headquarter “Maison du Parc”

Looking for hidden treasures and special advice for your leisure and holiday activities? The “Maison du Parc” is the perfect place to go! Also waiting for you there: free exhibitions, workshops, activities…

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A warm and welcoming place for everyone

If you pass by Montsoreau, take a break at the Park’s headquarter, the “Maison du Parc”. We invite you to relax and discover the 115 towns and villages of our Park. And here is what you will find at the “Maison du Parc”:

  • A quality information centre shared with the Saumur tourism office. All the necessary information for your leisure activities and holidays: guided tours, visitor sites, accommodation, …
  • A permanent exhibition showcasing the landscapes and human activities which shaped them.
  • Temporary exhibitions with different themes: insects, food, energy, …
  • Information about the Park and its projects
  • A shop

The “Maison du Parc” is a free key venue for visitors!

A fitting welcome

The headquarter is certified "Qualité Tourisme" and "Tourism and disability" :

  • Parking for the disabled (5m from the door)
  • Magnetic loop and magnifying glass available
  • Seated areas available (several spread out across the entire site)
  • In the permanent exhibition, passages trhough a rope curtain and dark space
Permanent exhibition «Gens de peu, gens de biens qui font du beau»

Hush! There are whispers in your ears. Let us tell you about the Loire river and the life of its riverside residents over the centuries. It would really be an understatement to say that it is a long, quiet river.

Shy animals, long gone poachers and farmers of modern times. will unfold before you for the time of an exhibition. Smell, touch, listen, try, … this interactive exhibition is made for young and old alike and gives life to long gone and present landscapes.

You will discover protected bird species like the tern or the corn crake. In the dead of night, two poachers are waiting for you in a wooded corner. Try to find the bats hidden in the troglodytic caves and sense the special smell of the coypu on the Loire Rivershore. Turn back time to better understand ancient agricultural and craft activities: the extraction of tufa stone, fishery, the production of dried fruits … before coming back to modern times and question today’s landscapes.

Free entry – 30 minutes

Short workshops throughout the year

The “Maison du Parc” invites you to workshops and free activities. Bring your family to enjoy our:

  • Reading corner
  • Board games
  • Colourings

Groups

Please book your visit and tour in advance.

  • Personalised welcome, introduction to the Park and permanent exhibition
  • Possibility to book a guided tour of the eco-designed building

On reservation only, throughout the year.

The exhibitions
19 May. 2021 - 07 Nov. 2021
Visite libre et gratuite

The Park is distinguished by the incredible density and variety of its troglos.Their story is long and full of surprises. Discover this fascinating...

05 Jun. 2021 - 07 Nov. 2021
Visite libre et gratuite. Dans les jardins. Durée moyenne : 1h

Bats or chiroptera, are plentiful in Loire-Anjou-Touraine. Very discreet, they live in the darkness of troglos... These little known neighbours, are...

The shop

Discover a large range of books for children and adults to learn more about heritage, fauna and flora. Choose holiday souvenirs and find the best gift ideas! Buy and enjoy a nest box, a rattle or other wicker objects crafted by the basket makers labeled “Valeurs Parc naturel regional”. The shop is open at the same hours as the “Maison du Parc”.

Atlas des orchidées
L'Atlas des orchidées

88 pages - Price: 20 €

Guide belles balades en Loire-Anjou-Touraine
Guide "20 belles balades" en Loire-Anjou-Touraine

Price: 17,90€.

Close to the Maison du Parc

  • The heritage trail "At the time of bargees” between Montsoreau and Candes-Saint-Martin - 4km
  • The hiking trail of Montsoreau/Turquant "A village and his castle between the Loire river and troglodytic hillsides” - 10 km
  • The “Loire by bike” route