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Le Grand-Pressigny

Southern Touraine in the Loire Valley

view of the village of Le Grand Pressigny

The village of Le Grand Pressigny, in the Southern Touraine region of the Loire Valley, with its chateau ruins and prehistoric history is not only a destination for Palaeontologists but also the discerning tourist. The village has a charm of its own plus all the practical features of an active community such as a bank, pharmacist, doctor, butcher, baker, grocer, tabac / newsagent, florist, hairdresser and hardware store.

Summer scene in Le Grand-Pressigny

There are three bars in Le Grand Pressigny 'Chez L' the ' Prehisto' to link to the town's history and one in 'Chez Grand Ma' restaurant. 'Chez L; offers pizza and burgers to fill a niche.

Le Grand-Pressigny tourist office

Le Grand Pressigny has a very good tourist office in the centre of the village giving information on the delights of the Loire Valley, Touraine and also of its close neighbours in the department of Vienne.


There is a small Market day here every Thursday (am)


Le Grand Pressigny boasts two good restaurants with lunchtime and evening menus to suit most pockets. Both offer opportunities for alfresco dinning on their respective terraces. 'Chez Grand Ma'  ( pictured below ) which has inside and outside eating areas and lunchtime and evening menus to suit most pockets. It is only a few minutes walk from the house.


Your other option is La Savoie Villars which offers good quality food in very pleasant surroundings.



If you are celebrating something special and want a dining experience then you can dine at the 'Michelin Star' “La Promenade” in the nearby village of Le Petit Pressigny...an unforgettable experience

Booking is necessary here, we can help with this :

11 Rue Savoureulx, Le Petit Pressigny‎. Tel:

You can check out some more of the local restaurants here....



Le Grand Pressigny throws up a few surprises as you walk around it, no matter what time of year, like, Spring by the stadium...

The narrow streets sheltering from Winter, an all-year round delight!

 Wild flower field behind the chateau in Autumn...

Le Grand Pressigny takes on a lovely glow on an evening.



Take a walk around the Village in pictures


by clicking here...



There is a heated Municipal swimming pool in the village.  It has a standard pool plus  paddling pools for younger swimmers. It is open from the end of June to the end of August from mid morning, though as with  most things in France, closes at lunchtime!

The public transport system within the countryside of Touraine is well subsidised making access to the city of Tours from villages affordable. So you can still take advantage of this lovely city without using the car.  To travel up from Le Grand Pressigny  you will be charged only € 2.40 - great value and a good day out !    

The Chateau:

(These pictures are before new museum annex was built.)


The quality of its architecture and gardens make the chateau an interesting place to visit. The keep, built at the end of XIIth century was later enhanced by a strong defensive enclosure with towers. The chateau was restored around 1560 by Honorat de Savoie, a loyal lord to the Kings of France. The arcaded gallery built during the wars of religion around the main courtyard shows the care devoted to this restoration.   More info. here...


The Museum 

The chateau of Le Grand Pressigny also contains the Palaeontology Museum located in a new addition to the existing building. The reason for its location here is that Prehistoric man lived in this area for four hundred thousand years, attracted by the abundant high-quality flint which could be fashioned into superb tools.            

More info. here...


Information and photographs of Le Grand Pressigny courtesy of experienceloire.com

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