Orleans tourism and travel guide

Photo of Orleans in Loiret

Visit Orleans: highlights and tourist information

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France This Way comment: The large town of Orleans has a great deal to recommend it: a famous cathedral, an extensive old town, a riverside promenade, and some lovely gardens nearby

Important note

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

Orleans is situated in the Loiret department and Loire Valley region (now part of the Centre-Loire Valley region), in the western-centre of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Loiret department (general information: Orleans is 111 kilometres from Paris).

Attractions in Orleans

The arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres is a fabulous arboretum and garden near Orleans: Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres

The carvings and grandeur of the western facade are the highlight of the 17th century cathedral in Orleans: Cathedral of Sainte-Croix, Orleans

The Parc Floral de la Source is an extensive park to the south of Orleans that includes the source of the Loiret river: Parc Floral de la Source, Orleans

Tourist classifications for Orleans include "town of art and history" and "remarkable garden".

Popular places to visit nearby include Parc Floral de la Source, Orleans at 7 km and Beaugency at 24 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Orleans, 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 Orleans in Centre-Loire Valley.

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

 
 

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

Map of places to visit near Orleans

Markets in and near Orleans

Market days in Orleans: weekly market: every day except Monday;

  • Orleans: market every day except Monday (0km)
  • Fleury-les-Aubrais: market Tuesday & Sunday (3km)
  • Meung-sur-Loire: market Sunday (18km)
  • La Ferte-Saint-Aubin: market Thursday (20km)
  • Chateauneuf-sur-Loire: market Friday all day (24km)
  • Beaugency: market Saturday all day (25km)
  • Ouzouer-le-Marche: market Friday (28km)
  • Saint-Laurent-Nouan: market Friday (30km)
  • Toury: market Sunday (33km)
  • Lamotte-Beuvron: market Friday (34km)

More information about Orleans, Loire Valley

Tourist attractions near Orleans, France

Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Orleans.

National Monuments

  • Talcy Chateau (37km)

Recommended detour towns (fr: plus beau détour)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye de Saint Benoît sur Loire (Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey) (32km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Boiscommun) (39km)

Remarkable gardens

  • Les prés-Culand (17km)
  • Arboretum des grandes bruyères (25km)
  • Jardin du château de Talcy (37km)
  • Roseraie des terrasses de l’évêché (55km)
  • Parc du château de Beauregard (56km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

  • Saint-Jean-de-la-Ruelle (3km)
  • Fleury-les-Aubrais (3km)
  • Olivet (4km)
  • Saint-Cyr-en-Val (9km)
  • Quiers-sur-Bezonde (41km)
  • Moutiers (45km)
  • Pierrefitte-sur-Sauldre (47km)
 
 

Geography and distances

Geographical Information

Commune: Orleans

Canton: Orléans

Arrondissement: Orléans

Department: Loiret

Region: Loire Valley

Postcode: 45000

Distance to Orleans

from Orleans (prefecture): 0 km

from Paris: 111 km

from Calais: 339 km

from Nice: 625 km

from Bordeaux: 390 km

from Strasbourg: 439 km

Getting here

Orleans is in the western-centre of France. Most visitors will either fly into one of the airports in Paris (Orly / Charles de Gaulle) or come via a ferry from the UK to a port such as Le Havre and Caen, 3-4 hours drive from here. For driving distances to Orleans from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 12 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Fleury-les-Aubrais, Ingre, La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin, Olivet, Saint-Denis-en-Val, Saint-Hilaire-Saint-Mesmin, Saint-Jean-de-Braye, Saint-Jean-de-la-Ruelle, Saint-Jean-le-Blanc, Saint-Pryve-Saint-Mesmin, Saran and Semoy.

This page in French: Visiter Orleans