Pont du Gard

A colossal three-tier Roman bridge, Pont du Gard is a masterpiece of the Roman era, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the unique beauty of its 35 arches.

Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Pont du Gard is the best-preserved Roman aqueduct in Europe, built in the 1st century to supply water to the Augustan capital.

The ancient engineers designed a succession of bridges and tunnels from the source of the Eure, near Uzès, to Nîmes. Every day 35,000 m3 of drinking water was transported not only to the inhabitants of the city, but also to its baths, fountains and gardens.

Fifty metres high and built on three levels, today it is the highest aqueduct bridge in the world. It is a true symbol of Roman scientific genius: originally 52 kilometres long, its total height difference is only 17 metres. The builders of the time had to show great ingenuity to design the bridges and tunnels through the scrubland landscapes to reach Nîmes.

Visit Pont du Gard

To visit this vast area surrounding the bridge, 15 hectares in the middle of the maquis, you need good walking shoes and mosquito repellent. You can follow a nice walking route to discover the remains of the Roman structure and take a walk along the river, to listen to the gentle lapping of the Gardon river as it flows under its arches.

In summer, the banks take on the appearance of beaches and welcome you for a refreshing break, where you can take a swim or embark on a kayak excursion on the Gorges du Gardon. At nightfall, the monument comes alive and turns into a giant screen with a sound and light show. A moment of pure magic and poetry to be savoured every evening in July and August.

Pont du Gard attracts millions of tourists every year. To avoid large crowds, we recommend visiting the site during the week, preferably in the morning when temperatures are less torrid.

Entrance ticket

The bridge is open every day of the year and thanks to guided tours you can climb to the top of its arches and learn all the construction details of this extraordinary work of engineering: the tour lasts about 1 hour.

With the admission ticket, you are entitled to explore an educational centre consisting of several sections.

The museum

The museum traces the history of the Pont du Gard through a thematic itinerary enhanced by models and full-scale reconstructions to introduce you to the genius of its builders. Dotted with multimedia screens showing documentaries, a giant light map and sound, visual and theatrical games, you can enjoy a true immersive experience in the heart of antiquity.

A multiplex show organised around the theme of water allows you to immerse yourself in the heart of Nîmes. Between past and present, you will discover the role of water through different scenes of daily life, mixing videos, soundtracks and illustrations of the ancient and modern city.

The toy library

This is an ideal educational space for children from 5 to 12 years old: designed to arouse curiosity and questioning, a veritable playground of discovery.

Thanks to a playful and active approach, it allows children to tickle their observation, imagination and reflection through 4 captivating topics: a journey into the past to discover the habits and everyday objects of the past; water control, to understand the difficulties encountered when designing and building a hydraulic structure such as an aqueduct; traces of the past, to put oneself in the shoes of an archaeologist; and nature observation, to learn to recognise animals and plants in the area.

The cinema

A documentary on the life of the Pont du Gard is screened here, inviting the viewer to travel back in time: the film, made entirely in high-definition digital, without audio commentary, puts the images in the foreground, with surprising views of the aqueduct.

The plans alternate between video images, didactic illustrations, animations and chronologies flying over the history of the monument.

Memories of Garrigue

Across 15 hectares of restored farmland, Memories of Garrigue is a 1.4 km discovery circuit.

A scenographer, a landscape architect and a specialist in Mediterranean landscapes have tried to bring to life the human activities that have helped shape the landscape for 2000 years. You can walk along the path through fields, forests, pastures and a medicinal plant garden, discovering Mediterranean agriculture and its dry stone architecture.

The belvedere and its orientation table will allow you to admire the landscape and the bridge in all its beauty.

Where to stay in Pont du Gard

If you wish to stay in the surrounding area, you can choose Vers-Pont-du-Gard, a small village located less than 3 km from the Pont du Gard car park and nestled in the Gardoise maquis.

Alternatively, there are a number of picturesque villages very close by with hotels and B&Bs: Castillon du Gard, Saint Bonnet du Gard, Remoulin or Uzè, all within a few kilometres.

If, on the other hand, you prefer to visit the bridge on a day trip, we recommend that you base yourself in Nîmes, a charming town, perfect for accommodation nearby, or in Avignon or Arles, all good alternatives.

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How to get to Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard is located between Remoulins (RN 100) and Vers-Pont du Gard (D 81). The bridge is about 27 km from Nîmes and 21 km from Avignon, which can be reached via the A7 and A9 motorways.

Alternatively, arriving by train at the Nîmes or Avignon TGV stations, you can continue by bus with line 115 from Avignon and Alès, line 121 from Nîmes and line 126 departing from Manduel Gare TGV.

Useful information

Address

30210 Vers-Pont-du-Gard, France

Contacts

TEL: +33 4 66 37 50 99

Timetables

    Open every day from 8:00 am  to  12:00 am

Where is located Pont du Gard

This impressive three-level Roman bridge is located in the south of France between Nimes, Avignon and Arles.

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