Beaune travel guide

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Visit Beaune (Burgundy-Franche-Comté, France)

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Beaune is a town in the centre of the Burgundy region of France, between Dijon and Autun. Best known for the wine produced in the region, Beaune is a pleasant town to explore when you are in the region.

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The old town in Beaune is quite compact, based around the medieval hospital complex, and with several streets of shops and old buildings surrounding the center.

Castle in Beaune

The principal attraction in Beaune is the Hotel-Dieu. Found in the heart of the walled old-town of Beaune, the Hotel-Dieu was a hospital in the 15th century, and has now been immaculately preserved and renovated. I can't help wondering if a 15th century hospital was really quite so immaculate at that time...

On entering the Hotel-Dieu, first walk around the cobbled courtyard to admire the steep decorated rooves on the arcaded buildings, then enter the carefully furnished kitchen and ward interiors - in particular see the grand 'salle des malades', refurbished as it might have appeared 500 years ago.

Other highlights in the Hotel-Dieu complex include the wells, the kitchens and the ancient pharmacy.

Elsewhere in Beaune you can visit the Church of Notre-Dame, which has some impressive 15th century wallhangings (tapestries) relating the story of the life of the Virgin Mary, and the clock tower, dating from the 12th century, is a classified historic monument.


On the edges of Beaune you can spend some time strolling around the ramparts: the walk around the ramparts is about two kilometres long.

En route you will see some medieval half-timbered houses as well as the Porte Saint-Nicholas, one of the original gateways that controlled access to Beaune town centre; the Chateau de Beaune; and the gardens and statues of the Theatre de Verdure and the Square des Lions.

If you don't want to follow the entire walk around the ramparts, the part between the Porte Saint-Nicholas to the north and the castle to the east is the most interesting section.

There are several museums in Beaune including:

  • the Museum of Wine (find it to see the building even if you don't plan to enter - the 15th century building was once the meeting place for the Burgundy dukes);
  • the Musee des Beaux-Arts in the Convent of the Ursulines;
  • the Jules-Marey Museum (for early video photography)

Attractions nearby

Wine enthusiasts will want to follow the Burgundy Wine route between Beaune and Dijon, of course visiting the villages and vineyards such as Nuits-Saint-Georges along the route.

Even if you are not interested in wine be sure to visit Dijon. About 40 kilometres north-east of Beaune it is our favourite town in Burgundy and a visit is highly recommended.

You can find more travel ideas in the Burgundy guide.

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A quiet town, Nuits-Saint-Georges wil be part of your tour of the local vineyards and wine chateaux

Nuits-Saint-Georges guide


The village of Chateauneuf-sur-Auxois, one of the 'most beautiful villages in France', also has an interesting castle

Chateauneuf-en-Auxois guide


The pedestrianised town centre and cathedral will form the centre of your visit to the Burgundy town of Chalon-sur-Saone

Chalon-sur-Saone guide


There is a remarkable range of interesting historic sites in Dijon, perhaps our favourite among the Burgundy towns

Dijon guide


After exploring Autun with its old town, cathedral and roman ruins you can visit the site of Bibracte, site of the Gauls capital city 2500 years ago

Autun guide


The Collegiale Church that dominates the town skyline is the principal attraction in Dole, and a stroll along the river banks

Dole guide

Tourist classifications for Beaune

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

Address: Beaune, Burgundy, 21200, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 47.025, longitude 4.8397

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Hospices de Beaune (Beaune): religious monument
  • Cirque du Bout du Monde: site of natural beauty (15 km)
  • Abbaye de la Bussière: remarkable garden (23 km)
  • Chateauneuf-en-Auxois: most beautiful village (26 km)
  • Parc et jardin du château de Barbirey sur Ouche: remarkable garden (26 km)
  • Chalon-sur-Saone: secteur sauvegarde (26 km)
  • Parc et jardins du château de Sully: remarkable garden (28 km)
  • Dijon: secteur sauvegarde (36 km)
  • Quetigny: ville fleurie 4* (38 km)
  • Cathédrale Saint Lazare (Autun): religious monument (42 km)
  • Autun: secteur sauvegarde (42 km)
  • Château d'Arcelot: remarkable garden (48 km)

Market days in Beaune, France

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

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