Opening hours

tuesday to friday:
10am - 12am,
14pm - 18pm

10am - 12am,
14pm - 17.30pm


Gâvre forest

Entirely located on the commune of Le Gâvre, this forest is a splendid conservation area with a rich fauna and flora.
Every year it produces 15,000 cubic metres of wood which are used for the making of oak wine barrels (Bordeaux wines) and ship building.
The forest is ideal for walks, horse-riding and cycling and it attracts lots of nature-lovers in all seasons. When autumn comes, it is particularly attractive with the blazing colours of its trees, its mushrooms and the roaring stags.

The privileges of the forest
In the 13th century Gâvre Forest belonged to the Dukes of Brittany. It was repossessed by the French Crown when the Duchess Anne of Brittany married King Charles VIII in 1491. Several privileges were granted to the inhabitants of Le Gâvre, e.g. the right to collect straw for animal bedding and grazing rights for their animals ... Living in a ‘free town’, the inhabitants were exempted from some of the taxes due to local noblemen.

Where to obtain information ?
The ‘Maison de la Forêt’ (Benoist Museum)
Tel : +33 (0)2 40 51 25 14
Open from April to November, every afternoon, from 2.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Forêt du Gâvre


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