Loiret places to visit and attractions

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

Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres

photo of Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres

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

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photo of Beaugency

A small town on the banks of the Loire River, Beaugency squeezes a remarkable number of interesting sights in a small space!

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photo of Bellegarde

Bellegarde is a small traditional town with an atractive moated castle in the centre

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photo of Briare

With the Loire River and the Canal de Briare crossing in the centre of Briare it is not surprising that water based activities are important here

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Cathedral of Sainte-Croix, Orleans

photo of Cathedral of Sainte-Croix, Orleans

The carvings and grandeur of the western facade are the highlight of the 17th century cathedral in Orleans

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Chateau de Chamerolles

photo of Chateau de Chamerolles

The chateau de Chamerolles is an attractive chateau with a pretty Renaissance garden

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photo of Gien

To the east of the main Loire Valley, the view across the bridge to the castle and town of Gien is very atractive

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Hotel Groslot

photo of Hotel Groslot

The Hotel Groslot is a beautiful mansion close to the cathedral in Orleans.

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Les Jardins de Roquelin

photo of Les Jardins de Roquelin

The Jardins de Roquelin is a pretty rose garden in the Loire Valley.

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photo of Meung-sur-Loire

Meung sur Loire is a pretty medieval village near Orleans.

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photo of Montargis

With more than 130 bridges across the numerous canals and rivers in Montargis, it is the scenery along these waterways that is the highlight here

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photo of Orleans

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

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Parc Floral de la Source, Orleans

photo of Parc Floral de la Source, Orleans

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

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Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey

photo of Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey

Fans of romanesque architecture will appreciate the many period features in the 12th century Abbey of Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire

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photo of Yevre-le-Chatel

The walk along the Rimarden river, the traditional charm and the ruined castle all contributed to Yevre-le-Chatel being listed as a 'most beautiful village in France'

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For more information see the Loiret guide


Market towns & days in Loiret

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Beaugency: Saturday all day
Beaulieu-sur-Loire: Wednesday
Briare: Friday
Chalette-sur-Loing: Friday
Chateauneuf-sur-Loire: Friday all day
Chatillon-Coligny: Friday
Chatillon-sur-Loire: Thursday
Courtenay: Thursday
Fleury-les-Aubrais: Tuesday & Sunday
Gien: Wednesday & Saturday
La Ferte-Saint-Aubin: Thursday
Lorris: Thursday
Malesherbes: Wednesday
Meung-sur-Loire: Sunday
Montargis: Wednesday & Saturday all day
Orleans: every day except Monday
Pithiviers: Saturday all day
Puiseaux: Monday
Sully-sur-Loire: Monday all day

Tourist attractions to visit in Loiret

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

4* Towns in Bloom

Briare: Tourist guide






Towns of Art and History

Orleans: Tourist guide

Listed 'Remarkable Gardens'

Arboretum des grandes bruyères

Arboretum national des Barres

Jardins du manoir du Grand Courtoiseau

Les prés-Culand

Parc Floral de la Source: Tourist guide

Potager du jardin du château de La Bussière

Religious Monuments

Abbaye de Saint Benoît sur Loire (Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire Abbey): Tourist guide

Eglise de Notre Dame (Boiscommun)

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Beaugency: Tourist guide

Montargis: Tourist guide