Pont du Gard

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Pont du Gard

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400 Route du Pont du Gard, 30210 Vers-Pont-du-Gard
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Vers-Pont-Du-Gard

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The Pont du Gard is an 2000 year old ancient Roman aqueduct bridge that crosses the Gardon River in Provence, France. The bridge is part of the Nîmes aqueduct, a 50 km-long structure built by the Romans to carry water from a spring at Uzes to Nimes. BBuilt in the 1st century AD, the Pont du Gard is the highest of all Roman aqueduct bridges and is, with the Aquaduct of Segovia, one of the best preserved. It was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1985 because of its historical importance.

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throughfrenchdoors
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5.0

Great place for a pique nique...

Initially (a few weeks prior to our actual visit), we drove near Pont du Gard hoping to find a picnic spot nearby. One where we could view the bridge from a distance, set up our picnic and enjoy the view. We were not keen to pay to go in for such a short time as we were driving past on the way to other adventures. But after a long 20 minutes of trying to find a spot (yes we had a GPS), the hunger and limit of time got to us so we pulled into some dirt carpark and ate our picnic……..
Only to return with another traveling family from NZ a few months later. Their children 4 and 6, and ours 9 and 11. Hot hot day…..
You pay to see the Pont as you enter the carpark. One price for carload. Lots of information in all languages as you leave the carpark and hit the footpath heading towards the Pont. Nice wide footpaths, plenty of room for all. Great facilities too - toilets, food, souvenir shop and for memory there was an education room too.
We just followed our nose and walked to see an amazing piece of architecture… to comprehend how it was built, its sheer size, and its function is so amazing not to mention mind boggling! Plenty of room to wander on both sides and from different view points. Plenty of room to rest in the shade (and boy it was very hot when we were there, and there is plenty of shade to be found). My favourite under the boughs of an extremely old olive tree - that was so wide I think four of us would have struggled to hold hands around its girth!
And of course plenty of room to swim too! We didn't but one can hire kayaks and explore even further.
If you're not in any hurry, one day of slow going, walking and reading a book or swimming and exploring will easily fill a day here. We left and managed to also fit in a visit to the Haribo factory too - of course a big tick for the kids….

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I visited
August, 2014
I visited with kids aged:
  • 3-5 years
  • 6-9 years
  • 10-14 years
I would recommend for kids aged:
  • 0-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-9
  • 10-14
  • 15+

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What I liked
  • Picnic areas
  • Possible to bring your own food
  • Pram friendly
  • Room to move and play

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Amazing sight and child friendly.

I visited the Pont du Gard with my son in law and two grandsons, aged five and nine. The sight of the bridge was amazing and although the boys looked at the bridge it did not have the same impression on them as it did for the adults. However, they loved all the space there, with lawned areas, children playground and sealed paths where they could ride their scooters. We paid 18 euro per car and this gave us entry into the museum. We watched a short film on the history of the bridge and then visited the museum. The boys enjoyed both the film and the museum and were fascinated with some of the displays in the museum. I would highly recommend this as a great place to visit with kids. It was not too crowded when we visited but imagine in the busy tourist season it could get very busy in the area around the museum and cafe area. However, there is plenty of space on the other side of the bridge for children to run around and play, along with having a picnic.

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I visited
October, 2014
I visited with kids aged:
  • 3-5 years
  • 6-9 years
I would recommend for kids aged:
  • 0-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-9
  • 10-14
  • 15+
I'm from
Australia and New Zealand

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What I liked
  • Picnic areas
  • Possible to bring your own food
  • Pram friendly
  • Room to move and play
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(Updated: May 04, 2015)
aussiemum
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5.0

Absolutely awesome

I've been to the Pont 3 times now as I'm living in Provence. We love it. The bridge itself is awe inspiring, and amazing to think they built that 2000 years ago! But frankly, for the kids under 10, the bridge itself is not that interesting. But that is well and truly made up for by the wide open spaces, playgrounds and special kids museum. We take our kids scooters every time as the walk to the Pont is about 300-400 metres and so for young ones you will need a pram but there are excellent well sealed paths all the way there, perfect for scooters and prams. Take a picnic and enjoy on the bank of the river admiring the bridge. There is a 10 minute movie about the Pont which held the attention of my 5 and 9 year old. The kids museum is really wonderful and helps kids learn what it was like when the Romans lived. There are many activities for the kids to do, really hands on like digging for bones, building mosiacs, visiting the markets and weighing food etc
There is also a museum for the adults which is interesting. I also think the whole thing is well priced at 18 euro for a car (up to 5 people).
An absolute must see in Provence - allow a good half day to enjoy all the activities there.

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I visited
April, 2015
I visited with kids aged:
  • 3-5 years
  • 6-9 years
I would recommend for kids aged:
  • 0-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-9
  • 10-14
  • 15+
I'm from
Australia and New Zealand

Pros and Cons

What I liked
  • Activities specifically for kids
  • Parenting room/facilities
  • Picnic areas
  • Possible to bring your own food
  • Pram friendly
  • Room to move and play
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