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Bourges tourism and travel guide

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Visit Bourges: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: Although Bourges is known for its stunning cathedral, it also has a substantial medieval centre and the Palais Jacques-Coeur among its many places of interest

Bourges is situated in the Cher department and Centre-Loire Valley region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Bourges. For detailed visitor information see the Bourges travel guide.

Attractions in Bourges

The cathedral in Bourges is a 13th century building with remarkable stonework and impressive stained glass windows: Bourges Cathedral

The Palais Jacques-Coeur is a charming medieval palace with impressive rooms and fireplaces in the heart of Bourges: Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur

Tourist classifications for Bourges include "national monument", "national monument", "secteur sauvegarde", "town of art and history" and "ville fleurie 4*". It is unusual for a town to have 5 awards, which indicates how important Bourges is as a tourist destination!

Popular places to visit nearby include Bourges Cathedral at 1 km and Mehun-sur-Yevre at 15 km. For more sites to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

Bourges, 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 Bourges in Centre-Loire Valley.

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

Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur

Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur

less than one km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Bourges Palais Jacques-Coeur guide
Bourges Cathedral

Bourges Cathedral

Cathedral less than one km (direction south-south-east)

The cathedral in Bourges is a 13th century building with remarkable stonework...

See Bourges Cathedral guide


at 15 km (direction west-north-west)

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

See Mehun-sur-Yevre guide


at 34 km (direction west-south-west), in the Indre department

There are few important monuments here in Issoudun, but we enjoyed a...

See Issoudun guide


at 43 km (direction east-north-east)

The pretty village of Sancerre is best known for the famous wines...

See Sancerre guide


at 45 km (direction east-north-east)

It is the multi-turreted castle and the Scottish connection that explain the...

See Aubigny-sur-Nere guide
La Charite-sur-Loire

La Charite-sur-Loire

at 48 km (direction east), in the Nievre department

In La Charité-sur-Loire you can visit the abbey church and other monastery...

See La Charite-sur-Loire guide


at 58 km (direction south-west), in the Indre department

Take a stroll through the grounds of the castle...

See Saint-Chartier guide


at 60 km (direction south-west), in the Indre department

The 18th century French manor house where George Sand lived is...

See Nohant-Vic guide

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

Map of places to visit near Bourges


Markets in and near Bourges

Market days in Bourges: weekly market: Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday & Friday;

  • Bourges: market Wednesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday & Friday (0km)
  • Mehun-sur-Yevre: market Wednesday (15km)
  • Saint-Florent-sur-Cher: market Friday & (16km)
  • Baugy: market Friday (25km)
  • Henrichemont: market Wednesday (26km)
  • Dun-sur-Auron: market Saturday (26km)
  • Reuilly: market Friday (27km)
  • Vierzon: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Saturday (29km)
  • Issoudun: market Saturday all day (34km)
  • Lignieres: market Monday (41km)

More information about Bourges, Loire Valley

Tourist attractions near Bourges, France

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

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Plaimpied-Givaudins) (11km)
  • Eglise de Saint André (Jussy-Champagne) (22km)
  • St Aignan de Brinay (Brinay) (23km)
  • Collegiale Saint Etienne (Dun-sur-Auron) (26km)
  • Eglise de Saint Germain (Blet) (33km)
  • Abbaye de La Celle (La Celle) (35km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Ineuil) (35km)
  • Abbaye Notre Dame de Noirlac et Saint Etienne Prieuré (Bruere-Allichamps) (38km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Les Prés Fichaux (0km)

Villages d'etape

(recommended place to break a long journey)

  • Vatan (45km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)


Geography and distances

Bourges is in the center of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Cher department (general information: Bourges is 197 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Bourges

Canton: Bourges

Arrondissement: Bourges

Department: Cher

Region: Loire Valley

New region: Centre-Loire Valley

Postcode: 18000

Distance to Bourges

from Bourges (prefecture): 0 km

from Paris: 197 km

from Calais: 431 km

from Nice: 535 km

from Bordeaux: 340 km

from Strasbourg: 433 km

Getting here

Most visitors fly into Paris and rent a car or drive from one of the channel ports such as Caen or Le Havre, a drive af about 2-3 hours. For driving distances to Bourges from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 2 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): La Chapelle-Saint-Ursin and Saint-Doulchard.

This page in French: Visiter Bourges

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