Montlucon, Allier: tourism & sightseeing
Visit Montlucon (Auvergne, France)
Montlucon is a sizable town situated to the west of the Allier department, in the Auvergne region of south-central France. In the town centre you can see many buildings and monuments dating from its periods of prosperity in both the medieval era and the 19th century, and the town is classified as a French "town of art and history".
A visit to Montlucon will focus in the streets of the historical centre around the Chateau of the Dukes of Bourbon. This chateau dates from the 15th century, and although quite modest in size it dominates the town centre giving views across much of the surrounding region.
The castle has a gallery and clocktower to one side and a square tower and more conventional appearance on the other side, overlooking the gardens. It is now also home to the Museum of Popular Music.
The region of Montlucon known as Saint-Pierre just below the castle contains the medieval streets with numerous half-timbered buildings and also a 12th century roman style church. There is a great deal to enjoy as you stroll around this historic centre, among which the highlight is perhaps the House of the 12 Apostles (maison des douze apotres).
There are also several churches of interest to explore in Montlucon town centre: the 12th century Church of Saint-Pierre and the 15th century Church of Notre-Dame are the most important. Others include the 19th century Church of Saint Paul, unusual in being built around an iron structure, and the Chapel of Croix Verte - unremarkable on the outside but you should step inside to see the decoratively painted interior.
As well as its important medieval centre there are several buildings of interest in Montlucon dating from the 19th century, including some grand townhouses.
The town also has a good selection of parks and public gardens to stroll through, such as the well-maintained Jardin Wilson and the extensive English style gardens of Jardin Breda, while the castle and park of Saint-Jean are another popular place to take an afternoon promenade through the gardens.
You can discover most of the important sites in Montlucon simply by wandering around, or go into the Montlucon Tourist Information office for a useful leaflet with a suggested route to follow.
About 25 kilometres north-east of Montlucon you can visit the village of Herisson, dominated by the ruins of a medieval castle.
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Tourist classifications for Montlucon
Montlucon is classified as a listed town of Art and History
Address: Montluçon, Auvergne, 3100, France || GPS: latitude 46.340833, longitude 2.603333
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Neris-les-Bains: recommended detour (7 km)
- Jardins du château d'Ainay-le-Vieil: remarkable garden (22 km)
- Montmarault: village d'etape (27 km)
- Pierres Jaumetres: site of natural beauty (30 km)
- Gouzon: village d'etape (33 km)
- Forêt des Colettes: site of natural beauty (33 km)
- Eglise de Saint-Georges (Saint-Jeanvrin): religious monument (40 km)
Market days in Montlucon, France
Regular market(s) are held in Montlucon each Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday all day. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Montlucon (Francais)