Maillezais Abbey : presentation and practical information

Discover Maillezais Abbey

The largest historic site in the Marais Poitevin.


Fortress, Romanesque abbey then Gothic cathedral, Maillezais has for centuries shone a light on religious, economic and artistic endeavours. Overlooking the canals of the Marais Poitevin, its majestic remains emerge in an original reconstruction that takes you to the heart of a thousand years of history.

Maillezais Abbey comprises :

  • A treasure of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture : exceptional carved elements illustrate the power of the Abbey between the 11th and 16th centuries
  • A spectacular view of Maillezais and the Marais Poitevin from the abbey viewpoint
  • An interactive course integrating virtual reality to relive the golden age of the monastery : discover the life of Benedictine monks through video reenactments
  • Illustrious hosts including Rabelais and Théodore Agrippa d’Aubigné
  • To aid your visit :
    • Guided tour in French, English, German or Dutch
    • Interactive tour using a tablet, available in short version or full tour
  • By boat, on foot or by bike, discover the exceptional environment of the Marais Poitevin.

Two summer shows

  • Rabelais, the extraordinary

François Rabelais, a cheeky and brilliant monk, is passionate about the Reformation. Faced with the choices between his state and secular life, he intends to build an ideal work.

  • The Marsh Sailor

Coming from the future, the Marsh Sailor, an adventurer admiring the colossal work of monks, tells you the history of this natural environment rich in incomparable biodiversity.

Our facilities

  • Toilet at reception
  • Free coach parking on site
  • Shop with a wide choice of books, games, regional products and Vendéen crafts
  • Site 90% accessible to people with reduced mobility
  • Prior reservation required


On the site :

  • Picnic areas near the car park

In Maillezais :

  • The Auberge de l'Abbaye : 02 51 87 25 07
  • Restaurant L’Échauguette : 02 51 00 70 43
  • Les Délices de l'Abbaye : 02 51 51 48 91
  • L’Atelier des Sens : 02 51 00 70 15

Practical visit information :

Opening hours

In March (closed on Tuesday)

10h - 12h30 and 14h - 18h

From April to May (every day)

10h - 12h30 and 14h - 18h

From June to August (every day)

10h - 19h

In September (every day)

10h - 12h30 and 14h - 18h

From October to the 11th of November (closed on Tuesday)

10h - 12h30 and 14h - 18h

Closed from the 12th of November to the 28th of February


  • Adult (+26 years old) : 6 €
  • Youngsters (18-25 years old) and people with disabilities : 4 €
  • Free entrance for children under 18 years old

Payment : Cash, CB


Maillezais abbey is located : 

  • 10 min from Nieul-sur-l'Autise
  • 10 min from Fontenay-le-Comte
  • 20 min from Niort
  • 1 h 00 from La Roche-sur-Yon and La Rochelle
  • 1 h 30 from Tiffauges, the Puy du Fou and Nantes

Coming by car :

  • GPS coordinates : 46°22'21" N / 00°44'46" O
  • Highway A83 "Nantes - Bordeaux" exit 8 "Fontenay le Comte centre" or exit 9 "Oulmes"
  • N148 : Fontenay le Comte / Niort : junction to 5 km

Map :