10 Reasons to Visit Limoges



10 Reasons to Visit Limoges

Traditionally, Limoges is renowned for its decorated porcelain, which you can observe at the Musée National Adrien Dubouché but there’s also the bustling Quartier de la Boucherie to discover as well as plenty of hikes in the surrounding forests and Ambazac Mountains to enjoy. Plus, the Limoges City Pass gives you free access to many of the attractions. Here are our top ten reasons to travel to Limoges.

The beautiful Gare des Bénédictins © VDL Laurent Lagarde

1. Limoges-Bénédictins station

Even if you’re arriving by car, it’s worth having a look at the stunning train station, which was listed as a monument historique in 1975. Built by Roger Gonthier between 1927 and 1929, it is one of the last monumental train stations in France. The top floors give an amazing view over the city of Limoges as well as the Vienne valley. Gonthier also built the nearby Greenhouse pavilion, an art deco building decorated with mosaic.

Discover the history of porcelain at Musée Adrien Dubouché © Anne-Sophie Dubreuil

2. Adrien Dubouché National Museum (Musée National Adrien Dubouché)

Visit the largest collection of Limoges porcelain in the world — a total of 18,000 works of which 5,000 are on display.

Head to the Parc Zoo Reynou ©Anne-Sophie Dubreuil

3. Reynou Zoo Park

The Reynou Zoo Park near Limoges features 130 species from around the world within the landscaped grounds of a 19th-century castle.

Quartier de la Boucherie © Amandine Lacotte

4. Quartier de la Boucherie (Butcher’s quarter)

The busy Quartier de la Boucherie with its beautifully restored half-timbered houses is the perfect place to sit down, have a coffee and do some people-watching. After a restorative café, visit the 15th-century Chapelle Saint-Aurélien.

Explore the Site Corot © Anne-Sophie Dubreuil

5. Corot site in Saint-Junien

A Natural Zone of Ecological Interest, Fauna and Flora (ZNIEFF), the Corot site is only five minutes by car from Saint-Junien town centre. Great for walkers and fishermen as well as fans of geocaching! Children can also try out a short trail with riddles and clues.

Wander around the Musée des Beaux-Arts © VDL Vincent Schrive

6. Limoges Fine Arts Museum

Travel back through time at the Limoges Fine Arts Museum in the former Episcopal Palace from Egypt to the Gallo-Roman era through enamel and contemporary art.

Grab a snack at Halles Centrales © VDL Laurent Lagarde

7. Central Halls (Halles Centrales)

Devour some Limousin food at Central Halls at one of the many counters or restaurants. Close by, the church of Saint-Michel des Lions and the secret Temple courtyard are waiting to be explored.

Take a hike up Monts d’Ambazac © Anne-Sophie Dubreuil

8. Ambazac Mountains

The peaceful Ambazac Mountains offer several long-distance hikes as well as shorter day trails for families to enjoy. The 330-hectare artificial Saint-Pardoux lake offers many opportunities for lovers of water sports as well as fishermen: 192 hectares are reserved for sailing, pedalos, and canoeing with 88 hectares for motor water sports, and 50 hectares for fishing.

Exhibition at the Casseaux Kiln Museum © Anne-Sophie Dubreuil

9. Casseaux Kiln Museum

Find out more about the lives of the people who made the porcelain at the Casseaux Kiln Museum on the banks of Vienne.

Sit down and enjoy the view of the stunning town hall @ VDL Julien Dodinet

10. Town Hall

Stroll to the Town Hall where you can observe its neo-Renaissance facade as well as the gorgeous fountain in the square made of pink granite, bronze, and porcelain. It was built on the site of the ancient forum and was inspired by the Paris City Hall (Hôtel de Ville, Paris).

Find out more about Limoges: https://www.destination-limoges.com/en/

Fly to Limoges Airport, located just 10kms from the Centre of Limoges. British Airways, EasyJet and Ryanair offer seven routes from UK: Stansted, Gatwick, Manchester, East Midlands, Bristol, Leeds-Bradford, and Southampton. Find out more: www.aeroportlimoges.com

Lead photo credit : Bords de Vienne © Anne-Sophie Dubreuil

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  •  Mary Anne Farese
    2022-11-03 06:14:38
    Mary Anne Farese
    From 1964-66 I lived in Montendre while my husband was in the US Army as Officer in charge of Camp Bussac. During that time, whenever we had visitors we took them to Limoges to visit the porcelain factories. There was always a tour and one could find some rejected samples in the trash! Nearby we would take them to San Junien as there were glove factories and in those days women still dressed up with gloves, the colors, prices, and styles were glorious. I guess all those tours are in the past, but we loved our time there. 'Mary Anne Farese [email protected]