Arena Garden Gardens, Parks in Périgueux

Opening hours

Open

  • Monday 07:30 am - 09:00 pm
  • Tuesday 07:30 am - 09:00 pm
  • Wednesday 07:30 am - 09:00 pm
  • Thursday 07:30 am - 09:00 pm
  • Friday 07:30 am - 09:00 pm
  • Saturday 07:30 am - 09:00 pm
  • Sunday 07:30 am - 09:00 pm

Closes at 09:00 pm

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Location : In town

Province : White Périgord

  • English
    • Périgueux is the best-known Roman city in Aquitaine.

      Before the Roman conquest, the current department of Dordogne was occupied by the Celtic people of the Pétrucores or Pétrocores.

      When Emperor Augustus created the province of Aquitaine around 16 BC. BC, he divided it into 21 cities, including the City of the Petrucores (Civitas petrucoriorum) which was endowed with a capital called Vésone (Vesunna in Latin) named after an indigenous protective deity.

      Vésone occupied 82 hectares of a meander on the right bank of the Isle. The town planning and architecture of this new city were to express the Roman order and encourage the adoption, by the local population, of a new style of life. in the 1st century AD, it already had a forum and an amphitheater for 18,000 spectators.

      The city seems to have been a vast construction site until, at least, the middle of the 2nd century, with in particular the construction of the large temple known today as the Tour de Vésone.

      As in all of Gaul, public affairs were managed by notables of Gallic origin, who were quickly Romanized. In Vésone, all around the civic center, the houses of notables (domus) developed from the 1st century. Towards the end of the 3rd century, after a period of recession, the city closed itself within a rampart. The monuments were dismantled stone by stone to be used, for reuse, in the construction of this new monumental adornment. It was the beginning of a different type of urban life.

      In the 19th century, the site was converted into a public garden. Registered on the list of historic monuments in 1840, it was remodeled in 1972. There is a playground and a pool.

      PARK HOURS:

      • From October 1 to April 1: 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
      • From April 2 to September 30: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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Traveller Reviews Arena Garden

4.2 sur 5 1130 reviews

  • Muriel MLA

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Muriel MLA on 04/05/2024

    The visit was highlighted by the châteaux en fête. Therefore it was the occasion of seeing bird of prey only owls there. The castle is mainly a nice remnant of a fire centuries ago. They are supposed to renovate the gardens hence the potential for closure.

  • Vincent Oliver

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Vincent Oliver on 01/05/2023

    A green-space and play area amidst the ancient Roman city relics - amazing! A great example of how modern living can coexist with preserving history and culture.

  • Phillip Spencer

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Phillip Spencer on 01/05/2022

    Very nice public park inside the site of the old Roman arena, vestiges of which are still visible around the edges of the park. It also has a good play area for children. Well worth a visit if walking from the city centre to the Roman museum nearby.

Traveller Reviews Arena Garden

4.0 sur 5 74 reviews

  • "Nice garden, disappointed in the theatre."

    3 / 5 Reviews posted by mitch w (Bordeaux, France) on 17/07/2020

    Living in Bordeaux, I am spoiled with are arena Palais Gallien. While much was dismantled this area is almost completed crumbled. On the other hand a very nice park, great place for kids and other...

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  • "A walk away from the tourist centre but worth it."

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Jeff F (Warragul, Australia) on 10/08/2019

    Beautiful gardens with a gorgeous soft blue water set of fountains and ponds. Very well maintained with pretty flowers and sculptured trees it was a pleasure to walk through. It’s not large so does...

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  • "Perfect for a quick break when traveling with kids"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by waterangel21 (Brookline, Massachusetts) on 21/07/2018

    We were feeling tired of driving in the car and pushing the stroller around, so we went here and our toddler could run free for a bit. There’s some small playground equipment, but the real draw was...

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Arena Garden

Address

9 boulevard des Arènes
24000 Périgueux

Contacts

Phone : 05 53 02 80 22

GPS coordinates

45° 10'57.44"N, 0° 42'46.92"E

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