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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Vienne

Nexon - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Vienne

Nexon, capital of Canton is a town of about 2500 inhabitants located 25 km south of Limoges, ranked "2 flowers" at the National Contest Bloom. City-Perigord-Limousin Natural Park, Nexon is also a stop on the Route Richard Coeur de Lion. Vibrant town, Nexon has a rich network of associations and a wide variety of shops. The city is best known for her former stud farm, castle, but also by the presence of Sirque, National Center for Circus Arts in Limousin.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude45.6763170 (N 45° 40’ 35”)
Longitude1.1887460 (E 1° 11’ 19”)
AltitudeFrom 295m to 446m
Surface area40.79 km²
Population2542 inhabitants
Density62 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLimoges (23 km, 28 min)
Insee code87106
IntercommunalityCC du Pays de Nexon

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Hilaire-les-Places4.7 km (5 min)
Saint-Maurice-les-Brousses5.3 km (9 min)
Meilhac5.5 km (10 min)
Burgnac7 km (11 min)
Janailhac7.1 km (11 min)
Jourgnac7.5 km (13 min)
La Meyze7.9 km (10 min)
Rilhac-Lastours9.4 km (15 min)
Lavignac10.1 km (15 min)
Flavignac10.4 km (17 min)
Bosmie-l'Aiguille10.5 km (15 min)
Saint-Jean-Ligoure10.8 km (15 min)
Les Cars11 km (14 min)
La Roche-l'Abeille11.1 km (14 min)
Saint-Priest-Ligoure11.6 km (18 min)

Things to see and do

Nexon is diverse both in its built and natural heritage as well as its cultural appeal. The castle of the seventeenth century, restored in the nineteenth century is surrounded by a 40 hectares park, perfect for walking, cycling or horse riding stables indeed the "stud of the park" offers rides all Throughout the year by appointment. An orientation courses and one "discovery" are also installed in the park, the town and the station area (logbooks available at the Tourist Office). The castle houses since 1986 the City Hall. Around the castle there are the stables, witnessed the prestigious history of the horse Nexon. The stud was in the sixteenth century, it is one of the oldest in France.

Nexon is also well known for its "Jardin des Sens, bridge between the generations." This garden open access is a place where all senses exhale through several small theme gardens such as bark trail, bamboo maze, tunnel scents, orchard or therapeutic garden. Located in the castle park between the nursing home and schools, it is a meeting place between generations through days of workshops, planting, and meetings in place throughout the year. Open access, the garden can also be visited with a guide (reservations at the Tourist Office).

The fame of the town is very well represented by the "Sirque - National Pole of Circus Arts" shows, exhibitions, creative residences, resource center, contemporary circus festival in August. Here is part of the missions of the association. A permanent tent installed since 2001 in the castle park to receive all these animations.

The church of the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, open access, the remains of fortifications such as door stone tower and Bretêche. Inside you can admire the reliquary bust of Saint Ferréol sixteenth century and a reliquary enamelled copper thirteenth century.

Nexon also a hiking trail registered and accessible all year round (topo guide available at the Tourist Office) and leafy tourist center with a camping around the pond de la Lande accessible.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

Frequently every 3rd Friday of the month in the town center.

Farmers markets in August.

Festival of Route Sirque every year in August.

Local Festival and Heritage Days the third weekend of September.


Panorama of Nexon
Panorama of Nexon
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Castle Nexon (© Tourist Office Pays de Nexon)
Castle Nexon (© Tourist Office Pays de Nexon)
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Tourist Office Pays de Nexon
Tourist Office Pays de Nexon
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Tuesday 26 september
Min. 12°C - Max. 20°C
Wednesday 27 september
Min. 10°C - Max. 24°C
Thursday 28 september
Min. 12°C - Max. 25°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Several interesting sites exist around Nexon. Castle Lastours part of the tourist route "Richard the Lionheart" is visible from the road in the municipality of Rilhac-Lastours. Visits to the torch, animations and medieval camps are organized in summer. On the same municipality is the "Garden of the first millennium," medieval garden free access all year. Located in the old castle mound, it consists of enclosed spaces such as flower garden, orchard or herb garden. The castle ruins Châlucet also integrated into the tourist route can be visited freely accessible all year round. Located in the municipality of Saint-Jean-Ligoure, explanatory panels are available for visitors to learn about its history. The "tour Jeannette" allows you to enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding valleys.

A few kilometers from Nexon, in the municipality of Janailhac, visitors can admire the paintings and frescoes classified monument church history. Finally, the workshop-museum of Earth Puycheny in Saint-Hilaire-les-Places offers you to discover the work of the old tile makers-feuillardiers through visits and clay sculpture workshops for children and adults.

Tours of the Moor in the Serpentine Rousseille also feasible to discover the rich fauna and flora of this area. On the same commune, Lake Plaisance can practice different outdoor activities: swimming, pedal boating, mini-golf, water slides, horse riding...

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Birch sap farm
Arts and Crafts30 € to 50 € Eymoutiers (44 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Nexon Castle Park
La Vallade loop
HikeEasy3h30Saint-Saud-Lacoussière (32 km)
From Saint-Mesmin to the Savignac-Lédrier forges
HikeEasy4h00Saint-Mesmin (36 km)
The vineyards
HikeIntermediate3h00Concèze (38 km)
Trip around Lake Saint-Pardoux
HikeEasy6h00Razès (41 km)


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