Liven up your holidays!

Montluçon

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Allier

Montluçon - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Allier
7.1
14

Located at the heart of the old province of Bourbonnais, the town of Montluçon has retained many traces of its medieval period. Its historical centre, as picturesque as you could wish for with its side streets dotted with old timber-framed houses, is dominated by the imposing form of the main building of the Castle of the Dukes of Bourbon. The latter, flanked by a square keep, clock tower and Italian-style gallery, houses the Museum of Popular Music, an exhibition space with over 800 instruments, an eclectic selection to say the least, including a large collection of hurdy-gurdies! At the approach to the museum, the castle esplanade with orientation table offers a beautiful view of the roofs and bell towers of the town.

Below the fortifications, the discovery of Montluçon continues as you explore its medieval squares and side streets, dotted with remarkable monuments such as the house of the Twelve Apostles, the Deanery passage and the Churches of Our Lady and St. Peter.

Erected in the 11th and 12th centuries, the Romanesque Church of St. Peter contains a splendid statue of St. Magdalene from the late 15th century. The Church of Our Lady, built in the 15th century, contains a figure of Jesus Christ with stone bonds from the 15th century, as well as a statue of Our Lady of Montluçon from the 17th century.

Not far from there is a pleasant green area that's ideal for a stopover, and Wilson Gardens, adorned with pretty French-style parterres.

On Saturday morning, market day, the old town of Montluçon is especially lively, with its many stands selling fresh local produce. A fine range of colours and flavours!

When it comes to festivities, there are two big events to put in your diaries: the carnival in Bœuf Villé, every year in March; and the medieval festival, every two years in July.

Additional information
Montluçon

Montluçon: two atmospheres, two sets...

Nestled against the castle of the Dukes of Bourbon, the medieval city with its narrow streets, offers a peaceful stroll punctuated with beautiful half-timbered houses and mansions, witnesses of the great hours of Montluçon. The must of the city: the esplanade of the castle and its breathtaking view of the city!

Montluçon is experiencing a new golden age in the nineteenth century with the first industrial revolution. The city is expanding and has new arteries offering walkers this varied architecture peculiar to this time.

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Monuments
Performance halls
Transport

Events and festivities

Exhibition of works by Pierre Lafoucrière "Summer 2017"
Exhibition of Chinese Traditional Art
Exhibition of the Atelier des Couleurs
Conference: My Health, My Sleep
The Imaginary at the Service of the Environment
"Color" your City
Flea market at the banks of the Cher
Jazz on the Cher: Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions
Jazz over the Cher - Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions
Jazz in the Cher Thread: Utopic Combo

Photos

Castle of the Dukes of Bourbon
Castle of the Dukes of Bourbon
See photo
Passage of the Deanery
Passage of the Deanery
See photo
Half-timbered house - Rue Grande
Half-timbered house - Rue Grande
See photo
Wilson Garden
Wilson Garden
See photo
MuPop, the museum of music that makes you vibrate!
MuPop, the museum of music that makes you vibrate!
See photo
City Hall
City Hall
See photo
Castle of Louvière
Castle of Louvière
See photo
The Cher
The Cher
See photo
St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church
See photo
Piquand Square
Piquand Square
See photo
Conservatory André Messager
Conservatory André Messager
See photo
Athanor Center
Athanor Center
See photo

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Restaurants

Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals

Campsites

Hotels

Your holidays
A hotel
A vacation rental
A bed & breakfast
A campsite
A leisure activity
A restaurant
A rental car
A plane ticket
By continuing to browse our site, you are agreeing to the use of cookies to improve your experience and make targeted offers.
Find out more and make settings