Issues to do in Angoulême, the worldwide capital of comics


Angoulême was the star of Wes Anderson’s model new masterpiece, ‘The French Dispatch.’ He visited the town in 2018 and it’s straightforward to see why he fell in love with the town, from the sloping streets, winding staircases and small squares, to the city corridor and the gorgeous Romanesque cathedral. I’m an enormous fan of comics so I couldn’t cross on the possibility to go to Angoulême, the worldwide capital of comics and a designated inventive metropolis by UNESCO. Only a 40 minute journey on the TGV from Bordeaux, the town performs host to the Worldwide Comics Pageant, is residence to the Museum of Comics which has the largest library in Europe for comics and all the road indicators are within the form of cartoon bubbles plus there’s a route you may comply with the place you will see that comedian artwork splashed throughout the partitions. This metropolis lives and breathes comics! Within the following weblog put up, I’ve outlined the very best issues to do in Angoulême.

Issues to do in Angouleme

1.Go to the native market – Halles d’Angouleme

The quaint, previous coated market corridor in Angoulême is the epicentre of culinary delights, uncover some nice contemporary native produce and really feel the heartbeat of the area’s phenomenal gastronomic scene. There’s one thing right here to fulfill the palate of each meals fanatic, from natural greens, contemporary seafood, probably the most aromatic scrumptious cheeses, delicacies like foie gras, pâtè and duck magret and a lot extra. Keep in mind to search for and admire the structure – a combination of forged iron, glass and iron within the Baltard type, made to make sure the creation of a light-filled, ethereal area. 


2.  Museum of Angoulême

Positioned slap bang in Sq. Girard II, rubbing shoulders with the towering Angoulême Cathedral, is the Museum of Angoulême. A stable rectangle of a constructing, the museum is accredited to the Musée de France and is the repository of artwork, ethnographical (Africa and the Pacific being properly represented) and most significantly archaeological collections. In 1838 François Ringuet donated ten footage to the town and these shaped the nucleus round which the museum was constructed. In 1920 the museum was shifted to its erstwhile location within the former rooms of the Bishop of Angoulême.  Some issues of magnificence to look out for within the museum embrace the seventeenth century artwork assortment from the Netherlands, gorgeous stained glass home windows and ethnographic collections from Africa and Oceania. However the jewel in Angoulême’s crown is the Casque d’Agris – a shocking ceremonial Celtic helmet courting from 500 BC. Iron and bronze are gilded fantastically collectively together with gold and coral. Delicate Celtic designs and motifs grace the outside. Present in a cave close to Angoulême within the 1980’s, the helmet is a miracle of reconstruction and a Celtic masterpiece. 

Handle: Sq. Girard II, Rue Corneille, 16000 Angoulême, France

Price: €5 for adults. 

3. Musée de la Bande Dessinée 

The Musée de la Bande Dessinée is a one in every of a form artwork museum devoted to the event and show of the Ninth Artwork – the artwork of comics. The gathering, the most important in Europe has over 8,000 authentic drawings, 250,000 magazines and comedian books and this makes it the most important comedian e-book library in Europe. Within the museums assortment French language and American comics are very properly represented. An area known as my little museum allows youngsters to find the enjoyable of comics by interactive video games, costumes, studying and way more. Consider this museum because the Louvre for comics – and better of all – it’s utterly free to make use of. A day spent studying comics – what could possibly be higher?

HandleQuai de la Charente, 16000 Angoulême, France

Price: Tickets price €7 for adults and €3 for youngsters between age of 10 and 18.  Guests have free entry to the Vaisseau Mœbius exhibitions , library whereas on the first Sunday of every month there may be the potential of free self-guided or guided visits (besides July and August).

4.  Musée du Papier

Angoulême has a protracted drawn historical past with the artwork of paper manufacture and the Musée du Papier is without doubt one of the abiding reminders of an business, now waning and really fizzling out. Located on the river Charente, a plentiful and fixed provide of water was the explanation for the flourishing of this business in Angoulême. It’s fascinating to view the displays of previous equipment used within the mill and the historical past of paper manufacture in Angoulême. From cigarette paper, writing paper, vellum and parchment – the advantageous and complex means of paper manufacture is fascinating. 

Handle: 134 Rue de Bordeaux, 16000 Angoulême, France 

Price : Tickets costs are €3 for adults, €2 lowered worth and it’s free each 1st Sunday of the month

5.  Angoulême City Corridor

The Angoulême City Corridor resides within the remnants of a earlier opulent medieval fortress. Two towers of the previous fortress, a polygonal dungeon constructed by Lusignan and a spherical tower referred to as the Tower of Valois have survived by the ages, and the remainder of the City Corridor consists of a mishmash of Renaissance-Classical-Medieval structure, offering an uncommon flavour to the complicated. When Paul Abadie (junior and senior) redesigned the constructing round 1840, they developed upon a grandiose design – creating the opulent staircase and grand ballroom. The City Corridor’s complicated and eye catching design have caught the creativeness of movie administrators like Wes Anderson. A number of the scenes from the transfer ‘French Dispatch’ have been filmed right here. 

Guided excursions of the city corridor and out there on request and begin from €8- E book your tour here

7. Angouleme Cathedral

Angoulême Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Church constructed within the grand Romanesque type. The Cathedral is devoted to St Pierre. The detailed exterior is embellished with over 40 sculptures depicting scenes from both The Ascension or The Final Judgement. For all sculpture fans it’s worthwhile spending a while to look at the tales they inform. The aid work depicts Christ, gloriously framed in a mandorla, an almond formed crescent including emphasis to his determine, attribute of Romanesque and Byzantine artwork. The Cathedral prominently includes a rounded Dome, harking back to the Orient and two bell towers. The western facade catches the sunshine in direction of the fag finish of the day, and the stone constructing glows up – nearly honey colored, highlighting its intricate sculptures. The inside of the church includes a cruciform sample and a protracted aisle-less nave. The Cathedral constructed within the twelfth century has gone reconstruction at many phases of its life, giving rise to a number of domes, towers and chapels. 


8. Terra Aventura path Zegraff” (free app in English)

Zegraff is a free app – a Terra Aventura path associated to geocaching. This can be a treasure hunt of types, utilizing GPS co ordinates. If you are on the treasure hunt, it’s attainable to find the sights and sounds of the town, an exquisite and revolutionary tourism initiative. The app is free to obtain on a smartphone.

Make your personal tasty salad: Au Jardin

The place to eat in Angoulême

I beloved consuming at Au Jardin – the whole lot right here is ready with contemporary seasonal, native and natural merchandise. The every day menu at all times has a soup of the day, (€4.50) a every day dish of the day, or you may create your personal salad from €10.20) with a wide range of elements starting from walnuts, chorizo, chickpeas, beetroot, mushrooms, tuna and  salmon with choice of getting them in a toasted wrap. In addition they provide some very nice do-it-yourself desserts, starting from contemporary fruit salads to carrot or chocolate cake and creme brûlée (costs ranging from €4.50).

Afterwards, drop by Zezette et Marcel for his or her scrumptious gourmand espresso and a pleasant vary of desserts and artisan sweets.


This put up is the third in a sequence of options the place I share with you some concepts and inspiration for visiting the area of Nouvelle Aquitaine, particularly the cities of Bordeaux, Angoulême, Cognac and La Rochelle. These guides and journey was made attainable with the sort help of Nouvelle Aquitaine Tourisme and Atout France however the views expressed right here, good and dangerous are totally my very own.