The Arcades Rougé
This area in the city center (3 hectares) invites to conviviality. This relatively contemporary place matches the historical identity, completely anchors Cholet in the 21st century.
The Grand café
The first town hall was built between 1824 and 1827. Its monumental stairs, its balcony and its neoclassic pediment remind us of its administrative functions. Inside, the rich and refined decoration stands out against the façade's austerity. It became too cramped to welcome the city services, today it is a brasserie, Le Grand Café.
The old city Theatre
The city Theatre of Cholet is another symbolic monument of the Place Travot, it has a neoclassic façade, it was built between 1884 and 1886. In 1949, the building was devastated by a fire. It was almost identically rebuilt.
The Hotel Guilloux
(180, rue Nationale)
The hotel Guilloux , a privately run hotel built in the late 18th century, welcomed, at the dawn of the Revolution, the inhabitants of Cholet to talk about politics and Voltaire's or Rousseau's work. Also see, its pepper-box turrets and the privative garden inside the property.
Other things to do…and to see…
The weavers' houses
(rue de Livet, la Dube, les Blanchisseurs, passage des Grands Jardin...)
These modest and typical houses welcomed looms in the basement. The ground floor was composed of one or two rooms where the weavers lived.
The Textile Museum
The Textile Museum, a living museum... The former bleaching factory built in 1881 is one of the last witnesses of the textile activity of the “Handkerchief City”. It became a museum, and now proposes a rich and living panorama, revealing the making steps from the fibre to the thread and from the thread to the cloth. In this exceptional site, demonstrators give life to looms. In that very place, the last traditional production workshop of the red handkerchief can be found.
This first church must have existed from the 6th or 7th century in what was the Bourg Saint-Pierre. The church was destroyed by the Normans around 845. After the year 1000, the monks of Marmoutier built a Roman church that was changed into a Gothic church at the end of the 15th century. Rebuilt from 1752, it kept a wooden covered gallery until 1850. The priest Bougère and the architect Tessier were the constructors of the current church, the church tower was finished in 1933. The statue of Saint-Pierre weighs 850 kilos.
The church and the set of bells are classified Historic Monuments. With a Romano-Byzantine style, it is the work of M. Laurentin, an architect of Cholet. The first stone was put in 1937 and the building was blessed in 1941. The materials used came from the region. A set of 39 bells, unfortunately mute, would be the 17th in France. This church was built thanks to hundreds of known and unknown donors. Mute since 1953, another set of 49 bells, is the only one also classified in the west, has been fixed in autumn 2011.
Glisséo modern urban leisure center
Glisséo is a leisure and sports center in the middle of the city, with a new practically unique concept of free time and sport in France. Two ice rinks (playground and sport facilities), eight swimming pools, an inside and outside area of more than 800 m ² (whirlpools, swirls), a children's slide, a pentaslide...
Shopping at Marques Avenue
Come in La Séguinière (5 km from Cholet) for a “Shopping” day at Marques Avenue. Ask for your J PASS card at the Tourist Office : 10% discount (except sales and special offers) ! Make good deals in factory stores...
Take your clubs to play at the Chêne Landry's Golf, in Cholet and enjoy a 18 holes, on 56 hectares where calm and serenity are the key words. We propose to you the “green fee”. Green space, beautiful lake, wooded property, the Chêne Landry's golf will certainly be your next golf destination.