Le vallon du Villaret
Le Vallon, 48190 Bagnols-les-Bains / Lozère
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Nature and Leisure Park art in Lozère

What is it?

Coming in this nature vale you might just encounter …enchantment. Surprise with the amazing creations of residing artists, spread over 10 acres of park; discoveries with the contemporary art works on exhibition in the sweet coolness of a magnificent XVI th century tower; laughing out with funny games of sounds, sights , touching and hearing, invented by artists and “planted” along a course in nature for you to enjoy and wonder.

To make a long story short, three to five hours of sheer pleasure where everything around will warmly invite you to prick up your ears, watch, touch, move…in nature’s “artbeat” . Here is what this surprising leisure park is hiding, mixing in harmony since 1993 nature, contemporary art and games, far from traditional leisure parks.

A small paradise for 5 senses, from 2 to 92, that many call an amazing contemporary garden. It is recommended in all tourist guides. Hurry up to its discovery !
In Le Vallon all practical information is provided in French, English and German.

Opening schedule / fees

Opening scheudle :
From the beginning of the French School Easter Holidays until end of June, Le Vallon is open every day from 10.30 A.M. to 6.45P.M.  entrance allowed until 4.30 P.M.

In July and August Le Vallon is open every day from 10 A.M. to 6.45P.M. entrance allowed until 4.30 P.M.

From September to the end of the French School All-Saints Holidays (beginning of November), Le Vallon is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM to 6 P.M. – entrance is allowed until 4 P.M. – and every day of the week during the French School All-Saints Holidays.

The site is less crowded in the Springtime than during the summer and in all seasons there are less visitors in the morning than in the afternoon.

Fees :

Free of charge for all children smaller than one meter high, accompanied by their parents


Children : 2 rates according to the period
Green period : July and August.

14,50 Euro

Blue period : April, May, June, September, October and All Saints Day (November 7)

13,50 Euro

Adults :  At Vallon du Villaret, adults are considered as grown-up kids, they pay the same price as children, they can have just as much fun and you (can) bet that’s what they do !

Group – Minimum 10 people
Green period : July and August     12,50 Euro/personne

Blue period : April, May, June, September, October and All Saints Day (November 1)    11,50 Euro/personne
How long does the visit last ? The loop is the 2 km long and it will take you around 3 to 5 hours to discover its treasures..
Your visit :  Dogs are not allowed. Do not pick flowers or mosses. Baby pushchairs cannot pass through the trail. Babies are welcome when they are carried. Swimming is forbidden.
The Auberge :  (The inn) If you are a little hungry or very thirsty.
Pique-nique :  Picnics are not allowed in the Vallon itself, but they are before entering the tour (160 seats) or, at mid-distance, around the inn.
The boutique :  Games, art and nature. A splendid collection of books and artefacts.

They said it

I thought it was for 7-8 year-olds, but I had so much fun ! (Marie, 14 ans)
You don’t have to write a long novel, One word is enough : brilliant ! (Luc, 12 ans)
This was the greatest adventure I ever had. And daddy fell into the water ! (Forian, 9 ans)
Mommy, when are we coming back ? (Noémie, 3 ans)

A small-scale paradise, a delight for visitors of all ages, I personally felt as if I was ten years old again ! (Une mamie de 68 ans)
It’s natural, beautiful, intelligent, original. The visit to the Vallon ought to be refunded by the Social Security (Pierre, 42 ans)
Really fantastic, doesn’t cost more than a ticket to the movies and the kids had as much fun as their parents ! (Pauline, 34 ans)
To compare Eurodysney to Le Vallon, is like comparing a lousy hamburger to a gourmet dish … ! (Martin, 37 ans)
A magic site, there should be plenty of other parks like this one for our children. (Jean-Claude, 26 ans)


I strongly recommend that you visit the Vallon du Villaret. (Denis Cheyssoux – France Inter)
You must absolutely walk the Vallon tour… (Guide IGN – Cévennes)
As the visit unfolds, one experiences pleasure, laughter and surprise… and the forest becomes a garden of the senses. (Guide des parcs et jardins du Languedoc-Roussillon)
Children of all ages are happy to experience vivid sensations in a magic atmosphere… (Actuel 48)
It is an extraordinary garden indeed … (Elle)
Nature has become a new attraction … (Rustica)