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Ainay-le-Chateau tourism and travel guide

Photo of Ainay-le-Chateau in Allier

Photo is of Herisson at 22 km from Ainay-le-Chateau

Visit Ainay-le-Chateau: highlights and tourist information

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Ainay-le-Chateau is situated in the Allier department and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

Popular places to visit nearby include Herisson at 22 km and Culan at 32 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Ainay-le-Chateau, France: places to visit and attractions

Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Ainay-le-Chateau in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



at 22 km (direction south)

The ruined castle and the historic centre along the...

See Herisson guide


at 32 km (direction west-south-west), in the Cher department

The castle at Culan is one of the most interesting in the...

See Culan guide


Most Beautiful Village at 36 km (direction east-north-east), in the Cher department

The story of the renewal of Apremont-sur-Allier is fascinating, and...

See Apremont-sur-Allier guide


at 42 km (direction south-south-west)

Periods of prosperity in the 12th, 15th and 19th centuries have each...

See Montlucon guide


at 43 km (direction east-south-east)

The Priory Church of Saint-Peter and Saint-Paul with the...

See Souvigny guide
Bourges Cathedral

Bourges Cathedral

Cathedral at 47 km (direction north-west), in the Cher department

The cathedral in Bourges is a 13th century building...

See Bourges Cathedral guide


at 47 km (direction east-north-east), in the Nievre department

The ancient centre of Nevers contains several interesting monuments and houses...

See Nevers guide


at 47 km (direction north-west), in the Cher department

Although Bourges is known for its stunning cathedral, it also has a...

See Bourges guide
Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur

Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur

at 47 km (direction north-west), in the Cher department

The Palais Jacques-Coeur is a charming medieval palace with impressive rooms and...

See Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur guide


at 51 km (direction east-south-east)

In the historic centre of Moulins it is the cathedral that is...

See Moulins guide


at 60 km (direction north-west), in the Cher department

The castle and the 11th century Collegiale Notre-Dame are among...

See Mehun-sur-Yevre guide


at 64 km (direction south-east)

The quiet town of Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule lacks major monuments but merits a stroll...

See Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule guide

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

Map of places to visit near Ainay-le-Chateau


Markets in and near Ainay-le-Chateau

  • Saint-Amand-Montrond: market Wednesday & Saturday (14km)
  • Lurcy-Levis: market Monday (19km)
  • Dun-sur-Auron: market Saturday (21km)
  • Sancoins: market Wednesday (22km)
  • Cosne-d'Allier: market Tuesday (28km)
  • Bourbon-l'Archambault: market Saturday (31km)
  • Lignieres: market Monday (40km)
  • Domerat: market Friday (41km)
  • Baugy: market Friday (41km)
  • Chateaumeillant: market Friday (41km)

More information about Ainay-le-Chateau, Auvergne

Tourist attractions near Ainay-le-Chateau, France

What to do at Ainay-le-Chateau? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Ainay-le-Chateau.

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye Notre Dame de Noirlac et Saint Etienne Prieuré (Bruere-Allichamps) (18km)
  • Abbaye de La Celle (La Celle) (20km)
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Blet) (21km)
  • Collegiale Saint Etienne (Dun-sur-Auron) (21km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Ygrande) (27km)
  • Eglise de Saint André (Jussy-Champagne) (31km)
  • Eglise de Saint Georges (Bourbon-l'Archambault) (31km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Ineuil) (32km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Plaimpied-Givaudins) (37km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Georges (Saint-Jeanvrin) (37km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Les jardins artistiques de Drulon (24km)
  • Parc floral d'Apremont (35km)
  • Jardins du prieuré Notre-Dame-d'Orsan (37km)
  • Arboretum de Balaine (42km)
  • Jardins du château d'Ainay-le-Vieil (44km)
  • Les Prés Fichaux (47km)
  • Forgeneuve (50km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Foret de Troncais (8km)

Towns of Art and history

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Montmarault (48km)
  • Pougues-les-Eaux (51km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Saint-Amand-Montrond (14km)

Geography and distances

Ainay-le-Chateau is in the south of France at 51 kilometres from Moulins, the department capital (general information: Ainay-le-Chateau is 240 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Ainay-le-Chateau

Canton: Cérilly

Arrondissement: Montluçon

Department: Allier

Region: Auvergne

New region: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Postcode: 0

Distance to Ainay-le-Chateau

from Moulins (prefecture): 51 km

from Paris: 240 km

from Calais: 475 km

from Nice: 490 km

from Bordeaux: 328 km

from Strasbourg: 432 km

Getting here

For driving distances to Ainay-le-Chateau from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 5 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Bessais-le-Fromental, Braize, Charenton-du-Cher, Saint-Bonnet-Troncais and Saint-Pierre-les-Etieux.

This page in French: Visiter Ainay-le-Chateau

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