Joigny, Burgundy: tourism & sightseeing

Photo of Joigny in Yonne

Visit Joigny (Burgundy, France)

MAP & PLACES TO VISIT

Joigny is between Auxerre and Sens in the Yonne department of the Burgundy region, in a picturesque setting on the banks of the Yonne River.

Joigny is a very pleasant town to pass a morning exploring, with several notable historical monuments. The part of Joigny that includes the old town and the river bank is now designated a zone of protected development to ensure it retains its important heritage and appeal.

Exploring Joigny

You can park in one of the car parks along the northern side of the river and start your visit on the old stone bridge in Joigny. The tourist office and the historical centre are at the northern end of this bridge and to the south of the bridge is the bustling shopping street called Avenue Gambetta.

View of Joigny town and Yonne river

The most notable individual sights are perhaps the ancient houses on the hill above the Yonne River, several of which include some interesting medieval carvings included in their half-timbered facades. Among others you can see the Maison de Bois on Place Saint-Jean by the entrance to the castle, then follow the Rue Montant au Palais and the Place du Pilori to see the 'House of the Tree of Jessé and the 'House of Seven Heads'.

There are several churches and chapels to explore in Joigny. The church of Saint-Jean and its interior decoration is the most notable, with its vaulted ceiling, statues and carvings, and decorative tombs. The other important church in Joigny town centre is the gothic style Church of Saint-Thibault, built in the 16th century.

There are also some very fine townhouses from the 16th-17th centuries, some with interesting decorative and carved facades typical of the renaissance period. The most impressive is the renaissance style Chateau des Gondi on the Rue Dominique Grenet south of the Church of Saint Jean - this is the house that, with the church, dominates the view of Joigny from the bridge.

The medieval ramparts of the town that once protected Joigny are still standing in places, and include one of the original arched stone doorways through the early castle walls at the Porte Saint-Jean. There is another imposing gateway to the north of the town called the Porte du Bois.

The belltower of Church of Saint-Jean in Joigny

Photos by Locaboat holidays (view of Thonon) and Thomon (Church of St-Jean) are copyright.

Attractions nearby

Joigny is a good base to explore both the Yonne River and the two canals that meet in the town - barge and boat trips are available from Locaboat in Joigny (and very picturesque).

We followed a driving route in the countryside around the town suggested by the Joigny tourist office that includes the roman church at Laroche Saint-Cydroine, the impressive frescoes in the church at La Ferté-Loupiere, the 'Art Brut' collection of La Fabuloserie at Dicy (see www.fabuloserie.com) and the extensive collection of the Museum of Popular Arts at Laduz (see www.laduz.com). All aspects of the tour are highly recommended and the drive makes a very pleasant day out from Joigny.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Yonne guide and the Burgundy guide.

See also:

Map of Joigny and places to visit

Visit near Joigny with France This Way reviews

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

Tourist classifications

Joigny has received the following tourist classifications: recommended detour town (plus beau detour); historical protected town centre' (secteur sauvegardé); listed town of Art and History

Address: Joigny, Auxerre, Yonne, Burgundy, 89300, France || GPS: latitude 47.9831, longitude 3.3975

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Eglise de Saint Martial (Seignelay): religious monument (18km)
  • Auxerre: secteur sauvegarde (25km)
  • Abbaye de Pontigny (Pontigny): religious monument (25km)
  • Sens: ville fleurie 4* (26km)

Market days in Joigny, France

Regular market(s) are held in Joigny each Wednesday & Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

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