Next stop is to the city known for its medieval enamels, its leather, its oak, its basketball team and its porcelain! Here’s our destination guide to lovely Limoges in west-central France.
Did you know?
- More than 50% of all porcelain made in Limoges is exported.
- Famous French impressionist artist, Pierre Auguste Renoir, was born in Limoges in 1841.
- The University of Limoges is not even 50 years old – founded only in 1968.
- Many writers and poets have referenced Limoges in their work such as Jean Paul Sartre, Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot.
- The city is known for their famous basketball team, CSP Limoges. They became European champions in 1993 as the first French club team to become European champions in a collective sport! In the 2013–14 season, CSP Limoges won the national championship and qualified for the 2014–15 Euroleague.
Things to do:
Musée national Adrien Dubouché – Cité de la céramique – Sèvres & Limoges
This museum, in the perfect balance of modern and traditional styles, has decors inspired by Art Nouveau, yet showcases wonderful pieces of both ancient and contemporary pottery over three stunning floors.
The collection of porcelain and other types of ceramics (pottery, earthenware, stoneware) is bound to suit all tastes whether its archaic pieces from ancient Egypt and Greece to edgy modern objects.
The museum also houses a few from our British ceramic partners – see if you can spot a Wedgwood!
Entry: €4.50, free for under 26s. Free for all on the first Sunday of the month.
Open every day except Tuesdays from 10.00-12.30 and 14.30-17.45
Dubouché Museum ©CityofLimoges
Musée de la Resistance
Spread over three floors, this museum covers France’s involvement in WWII with interesting exhibits and unbiased commentary along the way.
The museum demonstrates the terrible deprivation of the people in the region whilst held under occupation. Don’t miss the moving snapshots of individuals including those of key figures involved in the Resistance; a moving section of the exhibition.
Permanent collections free all year.
Open every day except Tuesdays, 9.30 – 17.00
Jardins de l’Eveche
With two spectacular fountains, this park is comprised of a French formal garden and a botanical garden first established in the 18th century and renovated beautifully in 1976.
Overlooking the Vienne River, its terraces contain more than 1,200 plants including medicinal plants, dye plants, food and aromatic plants!
Open daily, free entry.
Musée Beaux Arts
This ambitious museum covers a range of art over an impressive length of time. Guests will see a huge variety of pieces from Egyptian artefacts to contemporary creations, including the most outstanding collection of enamels and paintings from artists such as Renoir or Matisse.
The gardens are also a delightful place to wander outside on a sunny day.
Entry: permanent collections free all year.
Guided tours: €5.00 adult, €3.00 for students and under 18s
Open every day except Tuesdays, 10.00 – 18.00
Musée des Beaux Arts ©CityofLimoges
Casseaux porcelain kiln
Visit the typical old porcelain kiln “Les Casseaux”, built in 1904, along with the exhibition on the know-how and life of the workers in the 19th century ceramic industry.
Entry: €4.00 adult – free under 12s
Open every day except Sundays and bank holidays , 10.30 – 17.30
Casseaux porcelain kiln ©CityofLimoges
Chapelle Saint Aurelien – a tiny little church in the heart of the old “Butcher’s quarter” with an intimate atmosphere, revealing secrets behind the butcher’s profession.
Saint-Michel-des-Lions Church / Eglise St. Michel des Lions – a landmark in the cityscape thanks to its Limousin style bell tower with a copper ball at the top. Two granite lions, placed on the front steps of the south portal, come from an ancient funerary palisade.
Cathedrale St. Etienne – The prestigious gothic Cathedral, built in granite, is known as one of the most beautiful ribbed cathedrals of southern France. Free entry. Possibility of guided tour (€5).
Cathedrale St. Etienne ©CityofLimoges
Where to stay:
Check out the accommodation available in the city here:
How to get there
Limoges is equipped with an international airport with flights to and from several European countries and other French cities.
It is located along the motorway Paris-Toulouse (with free use on 300 km around Limoges).
Gare de Limoges-Benedictins is the main railway station offering connections to all the main French cities: Paris, Toulouse, Lille, Bordeaux, and more.
Once you are in the city, take the “Little Train” which drives you through streets and alleys to discover the main sights and monuments of the city.
The easiest way to get around the city is by bus. The city also operates one of only four ‘trolleybus’ systems in France; a silent vehicle used in urban areas which omits little pollution and can travel up steep streets with ease.
Little train ©CityofLimoges