Limoges

Capital of the Limousin Region, Limoges is also renowned as the capital of porcelain. This charming city has preserved beautiful testimonies of its past dating back over 2000 years.

The city’s flagship monument, the Saint-Étienne Cathedral, is an outstanding example of Gothic art. During your visit to the cathedral, you can appreciate some exceptional features including:

  • The striking Gothic north portal;
  • The Renaissance tribune;
  • The three tombs in the choir.

Climate

Limoges can be visited all year round. It enjoys a temperate oceanic climate, which means that winters are not too harsh, with little snowfall. Autumns are mild, with peaks of up to 27 degrees. The surroundings of Limoges are also beautiful, with a stunning landscape made up of mountains, hills, lakes and rivers. If you visit the Gimel waterfalls and the medieval village of Rochechouart you can admire a meteor crater which fell 200 million years ago.

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Municipal Museum and botanical gardens

The Cathedral is also home to the Bishop’s Gardens, which overlook the River Vienne. An ideal place to stroll and admire the exotic plants in the botanical garden.

A few minutes walk from the gardens, you will find the Municipal Museum of the Bishopric. Once home to the bishop, today it houses a stunning collection of Limoges enamels and impressionist paintings.

The old town

Our journey to Limoges continues through the backstreets of the old town, including Rue de la Boucherie. This offers a picturesque view of the beautiful 15th-century Saint-Aurélien chapel and the old half-timbered houses. In the past, this street was lined with numerous stalls selling meat.

Gastronomical festival

Today, the traditional butcher’s home evokes the memory of the butchers’ guild during the Middle Ages. If you are in Limoges between July and September, it is well worth a visit. On top of that, every third Friday in October, Rue de la Boucherie hosts a major gastronomic festival, the Frairie des Petits Ventres. Here, you can savour some of the most delightful specialities of Limoges. A culinary event not to be missed!

The market place

Limoges boasts several outdoor cafès where you can sit and admire the beautiful surroundings. At Place de la Motte you can admire the impressive 19th-century covered market building decorated with porcelain friezes. Here you can purchase local products.

What to do in Limoges

As well as visiting museums, monuments and tourist attractions, Limoges is an ideal destination for shopping. The streets between Le Château and the vielle Cité are pedestrianised, so it’s perfect for shopping in the elegant boutiques of the town. Of course, there are plenty of shops where you can buy fine Limoges porcelain.