Uzès is described as the “First Duchy of France”, this title being linked to the duchy only because of the order of precedence in the hierarchy of the nobility, attributed to the Duke of Uzès in 1565 by Charles IX, then King of France. The title was therefore associated with the man, rather than with his lands.
Encircled by Boulevard Gambetta, the medieval centre is a warren of narrow streets and shady squares lines with private residences dating from the17th and 18th centuries.
Just a stone’s throw from Place aux Herbes, the medieval gardens provide a welcome haven of peace and tranquillity with 450 species of vegetable, herbal, ornamental and medicinal plants illustrating the important role that plants played in daily life during the Middle Ages. Works of contemporary art are also on display and it’s possible to climb the 100 steps to the top of the Tower to get a breath-taking view over Uzès. After visiting the town, spare a thought for the children and the young at heart and visit the Haribo sweet factory.