Allier places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Allier department of Auvergne. See also our Allier travel guide

photo of Charroux


Charroux is a very quiet Auvergne village, unusual in the 'village centre' being a hard to find area of grass!
See guide

photo of Herisson


The ruined castle and the historic centre along the banks of the Aumance river are the principal attractions in Herisson
See guide

photo of Lapalisse


The renaissance style Chateau de la Palice, its internal decorations and its gardens are the main highlight when you visit Lapalisse
See guide

photo of Montlucon


Periods of prosperity in the 12th, 15th and 19th centuries have each contributed monuments and buildings to the centre of Montlucon
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photo of Moulins


In the historic centre of Moulins it is the cathedral that is the most imposing monument
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photo of Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule


The quiet town of Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule lacks major monuments but merits a stroll when you are in the region
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photo of Souvigny


The Priory Church of Saint-Peter and Saint-Paul with the tombes of the Dukes of Burgundy reminds us how important the quiet town of Souvigny was 500 years ago
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photo of Vichy


The spa town of Vichy is best known for its bottled water and as centre for the government of unoccupied Fraance during the Second World War
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For more information see the Allier guide

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Market towns & days in Allier

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Bellenaves: Wednesday
Bellerive-sur-Allier: Saturday
Bourbon-l'Archambault: Saturday
Commentry: Friday
Cosne-d'Allier: Tuesday
Cusset: Saturday
Domerat: Friday
Dompierre-sur-Besbre: Saturday
Ebreuil: Thursday
Gannat: Saturday
Jaligny-sur-Besbre: Wednesday
Lapalisse: Thursday
Le Donjon: Tuesday
Le Mayet-de-Montagne: Monday
Lurcy-Levis: Monday
Montlucon: Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday all day
Montmarault: Wednesday
Moulins: Tuesday & Friday
Neris-les-Bains: Thursday & Sunday
Noyant-d'Allier: Wednesday
Saint-Germain-Des-Fosses: Friday
Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule: Wednesday & Saturday
Saint-Yorre: Wednesday
Varennes-sur-Allier: Tuesday
Vichy: Every day except Monday
Yzeure: Wednesday

Tourist attractions to visit in Allier

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Zoo or wildlife park

Parc d'Attractions et Animalier (PAL)

4* Towns in Bloom

Vichy: See tourist guide

Ville d'etape



Towns of Art and History

Montlucon: See tourist guide

Moulins: See tourist guide

Theme Park


Sites of Natural Beauty

Foret de Troncais

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Arboretum de Balaine

Religious Monuments

Eglise de Saint Georges (Bourbon-l'Archambault)

Eglise de Saint Martin (Ygrande)

Eglise de Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (Neuilly-en-Donjon)

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Lapalisse: See tourist guide


National Monuments

Chareil-Cintrat Chateau

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Charroux: See tourist guide