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Lignières - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Cher

Lignières is a former chief town of the Cher department in central France, in the hills.

The name of Lignières Berry comes from the flax, unlike other Lignières of France whose name comes from "lignis" wood.

The town sits on the Arnon River, which in Lignières, is divided into several branches, remnants of the defensive structure of the former castle of the family of Beaujeu. The town developed around the powerful stronghold of Berry on the edge of Boischaut.

Hills, forests, ponds, groves around the city that had, in the Middle Ages, some economic importance due to its central location between Saint-Amand-Montrond, Issoudun and La Châtre (each 25 km) on one hand, and Bourges Châteauroux (each 40 km) on the other, the four main cities of the Duchy.

Sainte Jeanne de France, daughter of Louis XI, was elevated to Lignières by François de Linières and Anne de Culan, she will return often, even after her marriage to the future Louis of Orleans Louis XII. She created the order of the Sisters of the Annunciation.

During the religious wars, the city was sacked, looted and burned the church.

Lignières was an important center of Calvinism in the days when John Calvin, a student at the University of Bourges created many "reform schools".

The current castle built in 1654 by Francois Le Vau on the site of the old castle, was classified a historical monument in 1935 with outbuildings, moats, courtyard, common buildings and park. After belonging to various families, La Rochefoucauld, Princess Palatine, Colbert de Bourbon Busset Bourbon Parma, is today owned by the Prince Sixtus of Bourbon Parma.

In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Lignières, city of culture and breeding, experienced significant growth thanks to the railway line through the town, which was provided at the time of mills, slaughterhouses, laundries, hospital, church, chapel, and a monthly deemed fair.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude46.7504990 (N 46° 45’ 2”)
Longitude2.1761820 (E 2° 10’ 34”)
AltitudeFrom 153m to 202m
Surface area21.88 km²
Population1489 inhabitants
Density68 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureBourges (46 km, 48 min)
Insee code18127
IntercommunalityCC Arnon Boischaut Cher

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Hilaire-en-Lignières3.6 km (7 min)
La Celle-Condé4.9 km (7 min)
Touchay6.3 km (9 min)
Ids-Saint-Roch8.9 km (14 min)
Saint-Christophe-en-Boucherie10 km (9 min)
Chezal-Benoît10.1 km (10 min)
Rezay10.3 km (14 min)
Ineuil10.5 km (13 min)
Pruniers11.1 km (9 min)
Saint-Baudel11.6 km (17 min)
Montlouis12.9 km (13 min)
Villecelin13.6 km (18 min)
Saint-Symphorien14 km (17 min)
Maisonnais14.8 km (18 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites

Events and festivities


Driving Competition - France Championship 2014
Driving Competition - France Championship 2014
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Driving Competition - France Championship 2014
Driving Competition - France Championship 2014
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

To discover on the canton:


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Lamy Wood Circuit
HikeEasy3h00Moutier-Malcard (44 km)
Tour of Hérisson’s medieval town
Village visitEasy1h00Hérisson (49 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals