This huge trapezoidal terrain (almost 10 hectares) was transformed during the second half of the 18th century by the king's Intendant, Paul Esprit Marie de la Bourdonnaye, count of Blossac. From the start, the park became an elegant promenade, based on geometric French style gardens : pruned trees, a long central alley (535 meters) and secondary paths that multiply viewpoints and perspectives. On the south end, the garden rests on the old medieval city walls and towers.
At the end of the 19th century, one fourth of the park, to the north-west, is turned into an English garden, with irregular paths, sculptures, thickets and ponds. During that same period, the north-east side became a vast lawn reserved for sporting events and festivities. The meadow, which served as the city bus station from 1967 onwards, returned to its original function in 2003 with the Shadow and Light garden, a terrace, and an outdoor theatre.
A rock garden and a small zoo (birds, miniature goats, fish) complete the large park.
Summer (April 15th – October 15th)
7 am - 10:30 pm
English gardens ; 7 am – 8 pm
7 am – 9:30 pm
English gardens : 7 am until nightfall