Chateauroux, Loire Valley: tourism & sightseeing

Photo of Chateauroux in Indre

Visit Chateauroux (Loire Valley, France)

The important town of Chateauroux is situated in the centre of the Indre department (Centre region) about half-way between Orleans (to the north) and Limoges (to the south).

Exploring Châteauroux

Most visits here will concentrate in the older part of the town, where many houses can be seen that were built from the 16th century onwards, when Chateauroux became an important local centre for textile production.

Before you start be sure to visit the Chateauroux Tourist Office to get the detailed guide showing a large number of monuments and buildings of interest in the town, and suggesting two routes to follow as you explore, one focussing on the medieval period (the northern part of the town centre) and the other on more recent history (the southern half of the town centre) - or you can see and print the guide here.

Particular notable monuments here in Chateauroux include:

  • the Chateau Raoul, with its origins dating from the 12th century and which gave the town its name, can be seen from outside but is not open to the public
  • the 13th century Cordeliers convent, built by the Franciscans and including a church, ancillary buildings such as the dormitory and refectory, and a cloisters accesed by five large arches in a stone wall. The convent also has well maintained terraced gardens, and high quality art exhibitions, usually of contemporary art, are regularly held here.
  • the Church of Saint-Martial, dating in part from the 13th century and retaining a roman style nave
  • the 19th century neo-gothic style Church of Saint-André
  • a 15th century tower on the Rue de la Vieille Prison
  • Along the Rue de la Gare several of the houses have interesting windows and decorative elements, especially at the upper levels - see numbers 12 and 72 for examples

Local history, arts and traditions are also well represented in the town with two museums:

  • The Museum of the Hotel Bertrand is situated in an impressive 18th century villa and has exhibits related to archaeology, historical collections related to Napoleon, and fine arts represented by paintings from the 15th - 17th centuries.
  • The Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions is dedicated to life as it used to be in the Berry region, with local costumes and historical tools being the main exhibits on display.

Most leisure activities near Chateauroux are based in the Chateauroux forest, to the south of the town at Le Poinconnet, which has lots of trails, cycle routes and opportunities to enjoy the countryside.

Within the forest you can visit the popular animal park of Haute Touche, which has a very wide range of animals and is set in a very extensive region of forest. We also enjoyed a visit to the nature reserve called La Prairie Saint-Gilda.

There are also several monuments of interest nearby, such as the ruins of the abbey at Déols and a quaint roman style church at Ardentes.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Indre guide and the Loire Valley guide.

See also:

Map of Chateauroux and places to visit

Visit near Chateauroux with France This Way reviews

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Indre

Tourist classifications

Chateauroux is classified as a village in bloom (ville fleurie) 4*

Address: Châteauroux, Indre, Loire Valley, 36000, France || GPS: latitude 46.810278, longitude 1.691111

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Neuvy-Saint-Sépulchre collegiale St Etienne (monuments on French pilgrim routes): heritage site (25km)
  • Bouges-le-Chateau Castle: national monument (26km)
  • Jardin du château de Bouges: remarkable garden (26km)
  • Issoudun: ville fleurie 4* (28km)
  • Jardin du domaine de George Sand: remarkable garden (28km)
  • George Sand House: national monument (30km)
  • Vatan: village d'etape (31km)
  • La Chatre: recommended detour (34km)

Market days in Chateauroux, France

Regular market(s) are held in Chateauroux each Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday all day & Friday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at Chateauroux (Francais)