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.

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 :
  • Restaurant L’Échauguette :
  • Les Délices de l'Abbaye :

Practical visit information :

Opening hours

In March (closed on Tuesday - except the 5th of March)

10h - 12h30 and 14h - 18h

From April to May (every day)

Except from 1st to 5th - 8th to 12th and 18th to 20th of May

10h - 12h30 and 14h - 18h

10h - 19h

In June (every day)

10h - 18h

From July to August (every day)

10h - 19h

In September (every day)

10h - 12h30 and 14h - 18h

From October to the 3rd of November (closed on Tuesday - except the 22th and the 29th of October)

10h - 12h30 and 14h - 18h

Closed from the 4th of November to the 28th of February


  • Adult (+26 years old) : 6 € (without summer show) / 8 € (with summer show)
  • Youngsters (12-25 years old) and others reduced-rates (under conditions) : 4 € (without summer show) / 5 € (with summer show)
  • Free entrance for children under 12 years old

Payment : Cash, CB


Maillezais abbey is located : 

  • 10 minutes from Nieul-sur-l'Autise
  • 10 minutes from Fontenay-le-Comte
  • 20 minutes 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 :